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The OMC saildrives were not good units, as indicated above. Corrosion of the leg, a tendency to siphon raw water into the block on occasion, and difficulty keeping the ignition system working were typical symptoms. Most boats I know that were so-equipped now have outboards on transom brackets.
Some of these went to the effort to remove the leg, others did not. Bad enough to have to add an unsightly transom outboard system, but to still be dragging the leg around seems silly.
These are 15 HP units, so replacing with a 12 hp diesel w/saildrive (the easiest inboard conversion, probably) would still entail some glass work as the beds will differ, could run you around $10K or more depending on how much work you can do yourself and which engine/drive package you choose.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. 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)