Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tortola BVI
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Had a sail drive on a C26. I attempted a replacement and just about the time I had it out of the water it was apparant... this was NOT something I wanted to tackle... mess up one connection and your sunk... and as I recalled some 24 pressure point attachments existed on the flange interface and another 8 or so on the sail drive unit itself and all were corroded. Had to clean and almost totally rebuild the boot interface then replace the boot which is a bear to get pulled into position with out a tare. One major problem I noted was the unexpected build up of marine growth at the connection point and in the folds of the rubber seal.
Ended up the job done by someone who had previously done several others cost about $1,100 plus the cost of the boot and attaching hardware which I think ran about another $1,300... come to think of it I had the lower unit serviced at the same time so a few dollars were for that.
It is do-able job if you have the time and equipment... but was not worth the effort and potential problems to tackle myself. Getting the parts for a Volvo sail drive are not always an easy thing to obtain on short notice... and it always seemed to be some small insignificant looking seal part that was missing or could not be reused. None are insignificate.....
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.... Jack London