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Unfortunately these drive systems are closer to nightmare than otherwise. Most boats originally supplied with them have long turned to outboards - and many of them are still dragging the "leg" around rather than do a proper job of removal and refairing!
Cooling issues, difficulty in keeping seawater out of the engine internals, corrosion, troublesome ignition systems head the list of historical problems. Given all that and the fact that they are gasoline engines generally affects value considerably.
Sorry to be negative, but we had several boats in our club with that engine and all of them experienced problems to the degree that those boats have switched to outboards on the transom.
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)