Conversion stern drive to outboard - advice please

 Hi all,

 

Wondering if anyone on the forum has any info on who to make contact with in respect to repowering a srern drive to outboards. Is there someone that can manage this entire process of building the pods, reglassing the hole from the old engines and installing the new outboards?

 

Has anyone done this before? Would you provide some tips or heads up on what to avoid etc etc.

 

Cheers

 

Stumpie


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 Couldnt advise you on anyone

Tue, 2020-12-01 14:50

 Couldnt advise you on anyone but be very careful as from all reports I have heard the boat will never behave the same on the water. I would be inclined to put new motors to replace what you have rather than outboard and would be cheaper as well

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 Neville Fox in Henderson

Tue, 2020-12-01 15:27

 Neville Fox in Henderson does a few. He'd be a good bloke to have a chat to. 

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 Have you changed boats mate?

Tue, 2020-12-01 19:15

 Have you changed boats mate?

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 hi AndyJust sold my seafox

Wed, 2020-12-02 07:24

 hi Andy

Just sold my seafox and after a 26-28ft boat except in this size they are mainly stern drives. So i' thinking of the idea of buying a nice hull boat and doing a conversion to outboards.

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 Awesome Jerry,Hope this one

Wed, 2020-12-02 16:01

 Awesome Jerry,

Hope this one comes with a BBQ ;) 

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Hamilton Hill

Tue, 2020-12-01 19:17

Alex at All Marine Services does a great job.

Make sure you get someone that knows what they are doing like a shipwright. Heaps of cheap jobs fail and it can be catastrophic

 

 

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All Marine Services

Tue, 2020-12-01 19:20

 + 1 for Alex, he does a great job, and nothing is a problem or too hard. I don't think he is especially cheap, but I do think he is good value, if that makes sense!

 

Cheers,

BD.

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Cheap

Tue, 2020-12-01 19:30

Cheap and boats doesnt go together ever.

And if it does its usually a ticking time bomb.

Agree about the work. Wont do anything he wouldnt have himself.

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 Thanks for the valuable info

Wed, 2020-12-02 07:25

 Thanks for the valuable info guys.

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Has been discussed many

Tue, 2020-12-01 19:34

Has been discussed many times. Don’t do it unless you engage a naval architect to do all the calcs for stability buoyancy COG etc 

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 I've had two stern drive

Wed, 2020-12-02 10:48

 I've had two stern drive boats and now have a third and I've been pretty happy with them. The current one performs really well and hopefully I'll still be saying good things in a couple of years!

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 Interesting to hear that

Wed, 2020-12-02 14:07

 Interesting to hear that davewillo. Could you comment on the maintenance and cost for the leg and engine. Never had an inboard before.

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 Prices and reliability

Wed, 2020-12-02 15:00

 Prices and reliability depend on what motor and leg setup you go for . There are many out there some good and some of the older ones are trouble. 

I was running a 350 chep in one boat with leg to match. The gears in the leg went and cost from memory around 3 1/2 k to fix . When I had the 350 put in it was only 5k fitted. But I have heard people upgrading and spending 20 odd k for a fuel injected motor. I wouldn't hesitate to go a stern drive again on a bigger boat if I was getting one generally they are more fuel efficient than running outboard 

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 I didn't have any real

Sat, 2020-12-05 16:04

 I didn't have any real issues with any so far so can't really provide much insight on those. First one was a brand new Whittley on a trailer so it was kept out of the water. Second had twin Volve diesels. Blew a turbo but the legs were fine. If it's in the water you need propspeed which is a bit costly. Latest boat I have only had a for month so nothig to tell you yet!

I'd suggest that Frosty has a lot more knowledge on this.