Originally Posted by codprawn
Have you looked at the EcoDrive surface piercing drive - made in Norway I believe!!!
A boatbuildingcompany in our hometown, www.inovation.no
by Boye Andersen, has tried the EcoDrive on their hull. They wanted the surfacedrive for reliability and top speed. That did not work out for them. They thad too much stearnlift and thereby lost a lot of speed. Treid all kinds of propellers. Finally gave up and put Volvo D6 with drive in the boat. We also dicussed surfacedrives with Revenger when we ordered the 34. Revenger has no experience with surfacedrive on this hull and could not garantee the result. We would love surfacedrives for a lot of reasons, but not many ribbuilders have tried them out on boats that we are looking for.
When we asked www.rupert.se
if they could deliver, they wanted £80.000,- extra in order to just test out the drives so they could fit the surfacedrives to the boats propparly. And they claim to have driven a lot of Fabios with Surfacedrives!