well my boat search continues, a couple of months in now, and we're supposed to be taking a look at one later this week. It ticks all the boxes and looks in excellent nick cosmetically having had a full refit just a couple of years ago but as a boating novice I need some informed advice from you lovely people here. I've been in email contact with the seller and had a lot of questions answered and there is one matter of concern:
She has a Watermota Sea Panther diesel engine with a Transadrive outleg. The seller has described the Transadrive as having a "worn forward gear". I've asked for further info and it appears that there is sometimes a bit of a "crunch" selecting forward gear and that the drive is knocking at high revs. I don't like the sound of any of that and to my mind if that was a car gearbox I'd be looking at a rebuild or a new one. I expect the same with this.
So my questions - assuming worst case scenario and the drive is close to buggered what are the approximate costs of either getting this one stripped and rebuilt or buying a new/refurb one and having that fitted. A ballpark figure or two would do as I don't have a clue. And apologies for my ignorance but are new sterndrives readily available that would fit the Watermota?
I'm quite happy to walk away from this boat but as everything else seems in such good order I'm prepared to buy it if the price reflects the situation with the Transadrive.