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Old 06 May 2010, 09:21   #1
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No more Yamaha Stern drives

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YMC (Yamaha Motor Corporation) have announced that they intend to cease production of the Diesel stern-drive, effective December 2010.

We at Redbay Boats are the largest user of the stern-drive in Europe, we have always found the Yamaha product to be superbly built and ultra reliable. This news is a shock to us and many in the marine industry but it is by no means the end of the Yamaha relationship. We are planning to forward buy several stock engines and YMUK have committed to providing spares and back up for 15 years.

We have just finished our latest demonstration boat'Corryvreckan' which was rigged with twin ME432 TRP (285 Hp) Yamaha stern-drives which produce a spritely 39 knots and are proving extremely fuel efficient.

Looking to the future we have already been approached by a number of Stern-drive producers all very keen to have us fit their product. We will now embark on a testing program of the other products available on the market and report back in due course.

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That's not great news - but hopefully the backup will continue as stated by YMUK.

Redbay used to fit a lot of Yanmars - the same block etc but prefered the Yamaha version - I think they liked the simplicity of the install, matched engine and leg.

Any guesses as to what the replacement at Redbay might be?

Yanmar?

Volvo?

Mercruiser/Cummins?

I guess it has to be a light, reliable, punchy unit that doesn't cost the world.
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Any guesses as to what the replacement at Redbay might be?

Mercruiser/Cummins?
Hey Willk...mech eng friend of mine has been working on /developing a new type of sterndrive for a boat builder in the UAE. The project was commissioned by the Sultan Owner due to ongoing reliability issues they were having with "American stuff"...from what he tells me it will be an interesting product when it is launched....but whether it will be cheap???

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Mercruiser/Cummins?
You have to feel sorry for the poor guy who buys a boat a couple of years down the line with those dinosaurs in!
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As on Redbay web site.

We will now embark on a testing program of the other products available on the market and report back in due course.

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Old 06 May 2010, 13:04   #6
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Vovlo for sure.
The Merc diesels are not highly rated, neither are their displacement outdrives.
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other than Volvo I don't think there are that many viable alternatives unless Caudwell marine's axis drive with the Jag engine actual materialises.
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displacement outdrives.
What's one of them?
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What's one of them?
It's an outdrive that is travelling very slowly because the UJs are going clacketaclacketaclacketaclacketa
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Ah, right, you sure learn a lot here!
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What's one of them?
Try 'semi-dis'.

Your Missus will explain 'semi'.
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Your Missus will explain 'semi'.
...that's Hard, Mollers.
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You have to feel sorry for the poor guy who buys a boat a couple of years down the line with those dinosaurs in!
What about the Cummins MerCruiser Quantum series? Haven't used one myself, but the QSDs look interesting.
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other than Volvo I don't think there are that many viable alternatives unless Caudwell marine's axis drive with the Jag engine actual materialises.
The V6 engined version was there the first day of Ribex. The V8 was supposed to be there today (Saturday). Looked good, but didn't quite get round to asking the price
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The V6 engined version was there the first day of Ribex. The V8 was supposed to be there today (Saturday). Looked good, but didn't quite get round to asking the price
Yes I bet it will be on the eye watering side! Has anyone heard anything about Yellowfin? I heard a rumour that they were bought out by a bigger concern (possibly VW) but I've not heard any more about them since.
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Yes I bet it will be on the eye watering side! Has anyone heard anything about Yellowfin? I heard a rumour that they were bought out by a bigger concern (possibly VW) but I've not heard any more about them since.
The guy who was involved in the Yellowfin is now the guy involved in the Caudwell. Not heard much about the Yellowfin although they still have website.
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The guy who was involved in the Yellowfin is now the guy involved in the Caudwell. Not heard much about the Yellowfin although they still have website.
Thanks for that Chris, It would be a shame for the Yellowfin concept to just disappear.
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The guy who was involved in the Yellowfin is now the guy involved in the Caudwell. Not heard much about the Yellowfin although they still have website.
you should have a look at that caudwell boat, pretty impressive engine installation, with yamaha going at the end of the year there won't be many complete packages on the market, the bigger volvo package hasn't got a good track record for rib installations (my experience and opinion)
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Some company may come along and buy the rights to manufacture and sell the above engines.

So all my not be lost in the end just called another name.
Made another place. and may even be cheaper ..
I guess its going to be one of those wait and see things.
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Some company may come along and buy the rights to manufacture and sell the above engines.

So all my not be lost in the end just called another name.
Made another place. and may even be cheaper ..
I guess its going to be one of those wait and see things.
it's a difficult one as toyota who make the blocks are stopping production of the 6 cylinder, not sure what yanmar are going to do as that is the same block, you never know though
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