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"Saildrive" Engine?

If I recall correctly, I've come across comments more than once that suggested avoiding "saildrive"s like the plague. Somehow I was under the impression this was an outboard engine. Now I run across an advert for an Aloha 30 that says "The engine is a Volvo MD 7 two cylinder saildrive." Is this the dreaded "saildrive" to which I've seen referred?

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This guy wants to know about SAILDRIVES.

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This guy wants to know about SAILDRIVES.
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My opinion only. The saildrive you need to avoid is the OMC Zypher saildrive. Although I do have an OMC Zypher myself, I can say this from experience. "This thing works great without any prop washing of any kind and it is always in the water as aposed to an outboard. As far as shaft drives I can't say. I think the single unit of a saildrive has many advantages and the technoligy of saildrives is getting better all the time. Be compfortable with it, and get to know as much about them as you can, many have an internal anode plug that must be monitered. Just do your homework, saildrives aren't going away anytime soon.
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Take a ook at this thread regarding saildrives: LINK.

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I would also avoid the Volvo saildrives. New stuff is fine...but the older stuff is a PITA.
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Take a ook at this thread regarding saildrives: LINK.
Ah hah! So a "Saildrive" is a drive unit, not a particular make & model of engine. Thanks, SD.

The issues with anodes and the like "go away" in freshwater, no?
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Ah hah! So a "Saildrive" is a drive unit, not a particular make & model of engine. Thanks, SD.

The issues with anodes and the like "go away" in freshwater, no?
No, I think just a little less critical in fresh water. There are two types of anodes, one type for salt water and the other for fresh water. Either way anodes also protect the metals from stray current a marina might omit, they are always necissary.
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Ah hah! So a "Saildrive" is a drive unit, not a particular make & model of engine. Thanks, SD.

The issues with anodes and the like "go away" in freshwater, no?
Anodes are usually magnesium in fresh water, zinc or aluminum in salt water.

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Is having zinc anodes in fresh water an issue? What's the reason for using different anodes? We just moved our P40 from salt to fresh but didn't change out any anodes...

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