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Old 10-24-2006, 07:51 PM
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The Mercruiser drive without standoff boxes keeps the prop closer to the transom of the boat. The arneson drive appears to have the props out further from the transom. Shield or not, I would not dive off the transom when going for a swim. And one would have to negotiate the Arnesons when climbing back onto the swim platform. Perhaps this alarms some cautious people. They are a great drive, fast durable racy looking.
Actually, we are the same length as a SSM#6.

Same exact propeller as a SSM#6

Same exact propeller shaft height in the water as a SSM#6

Rear entry would be the same if not somewhat better as our tie bar is lower on the V bottoms.
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Old 10-24-2006, 08:43 PM
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Actually, we are the same length as a SSM#6.

Same exact propeller as a SSM#6

Same exact propeller shaft height in the water as a SSM#6

Rear entry would be the same if not somewhat better as our tie bar is lower on the V bottoms.
Interesting, they look further out.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:48 PM
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Arneson has a stainless prop shaft. How often do u need to change the prop shaft on a six?

Number 6 microfiche:This part no longer available, ouch.

2 local newer Skaters broke number 6 gears this summer.

Number 6 is a very good drive as well.
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:53 PM
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Re-Sale ... Good enough for me ... #6s
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I guess that depends on if you are buying the boat for you, or for the next guy.
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Arnesons are the shisnit. No problems with mine. 1982's and still going strong.
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Arneson's with rudder on ANY cat is the way I'd go.....
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Comanche3Six,

I do believe that photo is an unfair comparison. If I'm not mistaken, that photo shows a new ASD6 with trannies in those standoff boxes. Which means that engines are mounted roughly where they would be if a Bravo was used.

Thus, it is unfair to compare that configuration to just #6 drives. I believe it should be compared to #6s on equivalent standoff boxes and in this case, I don't think the difference is that significant.

I think Tommy Bahama used Trimax surface drives. It is a fixed, non-articulated shaft with a rudder. Nonetheless, the surface drive idea behind it is the same and it proved many times to be a faster drive than #6. Infact, Mercury acted quite quickly to make it illegal for new entrants to use this drive system. It was probably cheaper to tackle the problem that way than do some real R&D.

My impression is that people who are still afraid of ASDs have never used one. I think that for 99% of people, once you experience it, you never look back. Nothing is ever perfect but ASD is way closer to perfection than the #6, let alone Bravo...
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Comanche3Six,

I do believe that photo is an unfair comparison. If I'm not mistaken, that photo shows a new ASD6 with trannies in those standoff boxes. Which means that engines are mounted roughly where they would be if a Bravo was used.

Thus, it is unfair to compare that configuration to just #6 drives. I believe it should be compared to #6s on equivalent standoff boxes and in this case, I don't think the difference is that significant.

I think Tommy Bahama used Trimax surface drives. It is a fixed, non-articulated shaft with a rudder. Nonetheless, the surface drive idea behind it is the same and it proved many times to be a faster drive than #6. Infact, Mercury acted quite quickly to make it illegal for new entrants to use this drive system. It was probably cheaper to tackle the problem that way than do some real R&D.

My impression is that people who are still afraid of ASDs have never used one. I think that for 99% of people, once you experience it, you never look back. Nothing is ever perfect but ASD is way closer to perfection than the #6, let alone Bravo...
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If Rik says they are the same location then i believe him. I would love Arnesons on a cat. My first choice would be #6 mercruiser, I love the look and the resale value. But, that's me.
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I have to admit that #6s do look pretty cool. As for resale, can't argue with that...
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I have mearsured 2 Nortechs one 4300 with boxes and 5's which was mine, a #6 4300, and a asd-6 on a 388 and they were all with in 4" of each other. Even my new diesel boat with straight ASD-8's is only 2 1/2" longer than the #6 boat.
48-52" from transom. Depends on the overhang of the certain boat, pics can be deciving, tape mearsure's don't lie. Jeff
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