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Why are Surface Drives So Expensive?

Old 10-13-2007, 10:45 PM
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Default 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.

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Old 10-13-2007, 11:09 PM
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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

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Old 10-14-2007, 02:13 AM
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Used to have a small shockwave 36 ,, awesome job on the arneson that is cool
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