Tim we have all gone Volvo,
I have gone volvo New Kad 300 DPG Drive.
JW has gone Volvo New Kad 300 DPX drive.
Seafriskye has gone volvo Kad 44 not sure of the drive but its volvo.
We have all reserched the market this yr and last and decided for our own reasons that this gives us the best chance of getting what we hope are the best drives and engine combinations we could get for our new ribs.
There are others who have got Yanmars with 3x/2x that they felt was there way to go,we shall see over time which has indeed turned out to be the best decision
Alans leg I believe didnt fail cos they wore out but cos he hit a fish farm in it.He was doing extream milleage as you know.
The problem is if you want the best combination IMHO then you are going to have to be a bit unpopular to achieve it as the Trade will want you to have the engine they get the best deal on,not nesesarily the best engine and leg combination for you.
I hope this helps and feel free to email me if you want to get to the real nitty gritty.
Ps As far as I am aware none of us above have decided on Volvo Kads for the above reasons