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Ed Sher­man’s ar­ti­cle on saildrives re­minded me of one of the con­ve­nient as­pects of the tra­di­tional propul­sion sys­tem. I had the damper plate fail in my Wester­beke 100 diesel. There was no prob­lem un­cou­pling things and mov­ing the drive shaft back enough to re­move the trans­mis­sion and re­place the damper plate. A friend with a saildrive had to move the en­tire en­gine to get to the damper plate. My project was about 20 min­utes to get to the plate and re­place it. His project was about three days and a lot of la­bor in a re­stricted space to do the same job. Along with the cor­ro­sion con­sid­er­a­tions, work­ing on a saildrive can be a prob­lem. C. Henry Depew

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