- less noise. Since the engine is not bearing the thrust, softer engine mounts can be used, dampening noise and vibration.
- alignment is less critical. With a straight shaft installation, the 300lb+ engine needs to be precisely aligned with the prop shaft otherwise premature failure of the cutless bearing (in the stern tube, supporting the shaft) may result. The Aquadrive uses CV joints between the thrust bearing and the engine. The CV joints are flexible and can allow up to an 8 degree deviation between engine and the thrust bearing.
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