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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Newbury Park, CA

    Why are Surface Drives So Expensive?

    Surface drives look simple enough, basically a drive shaft going through a tube with bearings. They certainly look less complex than an outdrive. Yet they are several times more expensive than most outdrives (#6 drives excluded), and the props are in some cases near 10 times more expensive. Even the non-articulating surface drives, with a rudder for steering are expensive, yet I can't think of anything simpler. Maybe someone can enlighten us.


  2. #2
    My Boats:
    1990 Mirage 257 , twin 6.2 MX
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Vancouver B.C Canada


    If Mercruiser would sell the same number of drives as Arneson and the others combined ,
    they would cost much higher as well .The bronze Arneson models's cost make more sense though .
    I've made my own scale Arneson for my Prather back in the early 80's , because there was none produced at that time . Here's the model

    Today you can even buy # 6 drives

  3. #3
    My Boats:
    1986 269 Cobalt Condurre
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Hartsburg, Missouri


    Used to have a small shockwave 36 ,, awesome job on the arneson that is cool

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