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Old 11 November 2004, 20:52   #1
Country: USA
Town: Philomath, Oregon
Boat name: Hurrican Hagar
Make: Zodiac
Length: 7m +
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Cardan Drive shaft

I am looking for anyone that knows anything about cardan drives shafts from mid-engine location to outdrives. Are large RIBs with mid-engines very common? I have an old boat and the engine compartment is forward of the console/helm. The engine was gone when I bought it. Some of you (much thanks) have helped me understand that rather than modify the boat and switch to outboards, it would probably be just as cost effective to go back to an inboard engine. I am trying to learn about drive shafts is RIBs. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 12 November 2004, 01:47   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: Hemel Hempstead
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Engine: inbord diesel 300hp
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The Pacific 22 uses a drive shaft with the gear box bolted to the engine and a direct drive out drive.
the prop in the middle is similar to a small lorry drive shaft and would be no problem getting one made up with the right length and flange setup

In my experience mid engine ribs have a much better weight balance and ride a lot better than heavy rear engines or outboards

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Old 12 November 2004, 02:58   #3
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Might be worth a chat with Lancing,

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