Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Someone I know and respect who has a great deal of experience with sail drives recommends not using the water intake that is part of the sail drive. Rather, seal the intake with epoxy and fill the leg with antifreeze mix. Then get your cooling water through a conventional through hull. Not having sea water on the inside of the leg will dramatically reduce the possibility of corrosion - and yes, you still need to keep a close eye on your zincs.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.