Like Tree0Likes

Would You Buy a Boat with TRS drives?

Old 05-13-2003, 11:16 AM
Thread Starter
Bam Bam's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto, Canada
My Boats: Active Thunder 25
Posts: 129
Question Would You Buy a Boat with TRS drives?

I have been eyeing a beautiful Pantera boat that fits within my limited price range. However, it has TRS drives which makes me nervous due to the ability to get parts.

I just got rid of my last boat because of an outdated King Cobra drive.

So I need help, would you buy a boat that has TRS drives?
Bam Bam is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 11:35 AM
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 4,215

Yes, I would and did, you can still buy most parts for TRS, just go to Doller Offshore, or BAM's website and look at the part listings, there are only a few parts that are no longer available. and unless you are putting tons of HP behind them, or badly neglecting them they are a very solid drive.
THRILLSEEKER is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 11:44 AM
Sean's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Darien, CT
My Boats: Donzi Sweet 16
Posts: 3,161

TRS drives hold up very well and the parts are still available. There also alot of used parts\drives available too.
Sean is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 11:49 AM
McGary911's Avatar
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Jacksonville, FL
My Boats: Donzi Criterion
Posts: 1,172

My Donzi has a TRS. Like they mentioned, parts are available if you know where to look. The MercII transmission may not be available, but all the wearable parts are available, from what i hear. Borg Warner makes a compatable transmission as well. TRS drives can handle a good amount of power, and the transmissions make them smoooooth shifters. Never gonna hear a grinding gear with this setup (unless you have bigger problems).
McGary911 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 11:57 AM
RUSSSR1's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Arlington Hts. Il.
My Boats: 38 Cig Flatdeck
Posts: 693

What kind of HP will a TRS handle?
What is the weak link the drive or the trany?
RUSSSR1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 02:24 PM
Charter Member # 55
Charter Member
Griff's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Omaha
My Boats: .......32............. ...............Active Thunder....
Posts: 15,752

Personally, I would not buy a boat with TRS drives. It has nothing to with the reliablity. It has to do with the fact that nobody around here has the expertise to work on them or the parts to fix them.
If I trash a Bravo, I can find a new or used one at a reasonable price and be back on the water in few days. I've done it. Trashed a drive on Sun and on the water by Weds. With a TRS, it would probably be closer to a month.
Griff is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 02:30 PM
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
GLH's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Burlington, VT
My Boats: Azimut
Posts: 15,267
Default Would You Buy a Boat with TRS drives?

If the deal is right;
meaning cash left for a spare lower and tranny to cover time of rebuilts, when one goes t!ts up. And resale impact (I did say deal is right)
GLH is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 02:39 PM
Charter Mod
Charter Member
BLee's Avatar
Join Date: May 2000
Location: E Dock
My Boats: Cigarette - "90MPH" Edition
Posts: 6,551

Mack at Doller can get whatever you need for the TRS setup. The ole 92 had em. I blew 2 over 7 years. It was still smoother shifting than my new Gun!
BLee is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 04:23 PM
Posts: n/a

I would not put TRS drives with over 550 horses...just to be safe. If the boat is a steal, go with the TRS drives knowing someday you might have to convert to a Bravo. The TRS setup will be a tougher sell for you when you go to dump the boat. Most people don't know anything about a TRS drive or if they do, they do not want to mess with it. Like someone mentioned about the Bravo Drive...they are now a dime a dozen and it is a quick and easy fix.

As long as you know what you are getting are ok. Looks like you are doing your homework. Good luck.


Ps. Had TRS drives on my 91 38 Fountain Fever with the 425HP's. They worked well and shifted great, but I blew them to hell and back when I put the 800 horsepower supercharged engines to them. Man....those things blow gooooood!!!! Turned me into a speedmaster III guy real quick!!!!
Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2003, 05:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: OAKVILLE, Ontario
Posts: 1,402
Talking chalk up one for the geriatric crew

exshellent research
buckknekkid is offline  
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
09-29-2007 10:01 AM
Drives and Lower Units
05-04-2007 12:11 PM
General Boating Discussion
07-13-2005 07:48 PM
Dean Ferry
General Boating Discussion
11-27-2002 09:09 AM
General Q & A
01-19-2002 03:21 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 PM.

Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.