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.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
Last edited by Faster; 06-21-2013 at 02:26 PM.