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cb32863 09-05-2010 05:20 PM

OMC Saildrive
So I was poking around Sailboat Listings and found an O'Day 25 that has an "inoperable OMC Saildrive". So, the question is, what are we talking, in general terms, to resolve that issue? Of course it could be something minor to a full swap out. Anyone have experience with maintaining these?


sailingdog 09-06-2010 10:46 AM

Run like hell...

JimsCAL 09-06-2010 11:37 AM

Figure on removing it, patching the hole, and buying an outboard and bracket.

cb32863 09-06-2010 11:48 AM

So noted guys, thanks. :) Scratch that one off the list.....

mikehoyt 09-07-2010 12:28 PM

There is a Yaho group with over 300 members soley devoted to that engine. It is a very simple engine.

saildriveowners : Saildrive Owners Group

DwayneSpeer 09-07-2010 02:06 PM

I wouldn't fully dismiss the potential without first finding out more about the specific issue. Those of us that have saildrives are generally quite pleased with them. They are simple machines and completely do away with prop walk when in reverse. Getting into my slip at the Club requires me to back up around a corner and then around a boat in front of mine on the dock. I do it without any difficulty. I would challenge any boat without a saildrive to do that without routinely swaping paint with the other boats in the area.


sailingdog 09-07-2010 03:32 PM


The OMC saildrives have a pretty lousy reputation for a reason, and if it is having a problem, running is really the best option.

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