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Thread: Ebay 18 V drive

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    That is the one that I posted about a few weeks ago on Kent Island, MD.



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    Has anyone looked at this boat or any history, if so email me at JHarran@aol.com I am very interested in this boat

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    i like the idea of a V drive. are there any downsides?
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    And because it's an inboard, shallow water is more of an issue, the inabilitity to lift the outdrives when launching/retrieving..

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    Oh, but they are JUST SO COOOOOOL! And reliable! Did I mention COOOOOOL!

    If you want speed, buy a tunnel hull... wink

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    Tux is right. Speed is sacrificed because they aren't (up) trimable, and because of the added weight of the gearbox.
    The V-drive was offered, I believe, because the outdrives of the day couldn't handle the torque of the 427s (Secret Service, Lake LBJ, etc.). I don't know why so many of the V-drives were ordered with the small block motors. I guess old habits die hard.
    I would imagine weight distribution is better with a big block, but with the small block it rides a little bow heavy.
    Hey Magoo, how did yours ride with the 427?
    The last small block V-drive on eBay, the red one, got up to $8200 without meeting the reserve. I'd be surprised if this one gets any bids given the opening bid of $11,500.

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    Oh, yeah. They're a lot harder to dock. Because they're true inboards, they only back up in one direction no matter where you put the steering wheel. Outboards and I/Os are so much easier to maneuver.

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    The 16', 18, 19', 22' and 28' were all built with a vee drive at one time or another. I always considered the stern drive to be an instrument of the devil. After we sold Donzi for the second time, I started Nova Marine, building only vee drive boats.

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    I'm with Brownie on this one... I'd trade my 18' for a V-Drive in a heartbeat! There's just something about 'em! As far as them being "difficult" to drive, it just takes more practice. My Blackfin and my current Trojan are both single screw inboards. It took a while to learn the dynamics, but once you got it down it's easy. wink

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    Cool....yes. Strong ...yes. I love them. And I agree sterndrives are an instrument of the devil.

    That being said there is no way around one fact. In general on a Donzi, and I am just talking about Donzi's here not drag boats and so forth, they are slow. Very slow. If you don't care too much about speed go for it and someday I would love to have one for the cool factor. For example:

    John Shabas: Hornet V drive 700-800 hp= 75 mph
    Richard Weaver: Hornet Bravo 400 ish hp = 70 mph


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    Poodle,

    I think the 22 he is talking about is the 7 meter...originally called the 22.

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    I'm not sure about the 22s, but my 1970 21' GT has a V.

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    CDMA, what's slow? What kind of speeds are attainable in a 18' V-Drive with standard power? I'm seeing 52 mph with my Volvo 250. I'd give up 10 mph to have a V-Drive.

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    My hat's off to anyone who can dock a single screw inboard. We've had a straight drive Century Coronado since '86, and I still find myself fighting to get it onto the boat lift. Whenever Dad hears me returning with it, he races down to the dock to do his human fender act!

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