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: