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Re: V-drive propulsion - advantages and drawbacks?
The engine isn't always further aft... sometimes the prop and shaft are further forward as a result.. so it's a very individual -to-the-boat assessment of how the whole package works.
Having trouble seeing how a V drive makes stuffing box access easier....??
Reliability wise.. it's just another set of gears, dont' think that's a big factor either way..
Some V drive installs might accommodate removing the prop shaft forward into the cabin, avoiding having to remove the rudder in some cases.
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