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#575298 - 07/23/21 06:23 AM Ocean X Drives  
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My cruiser search continues, and I have been looking at many Chaparrals of the 2005-2010 era that have had the original drives replaced under a kind of recall. They were replaced with Ocean-X drives. Apparently, VP used composite bodies during this time and thre was a problem with bellows coming loose and ruining U-joints. The Ocean X drives look amazingly well built and an upgrade, but I was wondering if anyone had experience with them. I could not find much in a search here. Thanks!


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#575305 - 07/28/21 03:19 AM Re: Ocean X Drives [Re: Puddle Pirate 2]  
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If you Google search you will find a few forums posts on THT and the Chappy forum. Otherwise, Not much web chatter about the drives.

I remember seeing those 'plastic' drives on a boat when they first came out . . . and thinking - 'you gotta be s-ing me'. bug_eyes

It just goes to show you that engineers should not have cocktails during lunch hour . . . facepalm

In my 'new' boat search, I am considering boats with V-P engines/drives. I'm happy to share any tidbits that I learn along the way.

Although I prefer Merc over V-P, I would not hesitate if all else being equal, so shop away for your 'new' boat. thumb


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