Why Are Saildrives Even A Thing?

OK, I admit it, that's a bit of a clickbait title.

And, yes, I do understand that saildrives are:

  • Much easier to install than a conventional driveline.
  • Give the designer more flexibility in siting the engine.
  • Reduce vibration and noise, at least potentially.
  • Are more efficient than most drivelines since the prop shaft is horizontal.

But...you just knew there was going to be a but, didn't you? Actually, there are two buts, and they are doozies...when we buy a boat with a saildrive:

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