Leaving a I/O in a Slip

mike mitchell

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Jul 25, 2017
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As I search for a new boat one of the criteria is that the boat stays in a slip. Period. I have limited my search to boats with outboards and inboards. They are limited in my price range, especially the outboards. So should I consider a sterndrive? I have read about all the negatives of saltwater and out drives, Yet I see many I/O in slips. Did something change?
 
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Vigilant32

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Stay the course. An outdrives / I/O living in a slip is going to provide you with many years of maintenance nightmare, imho.
 
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sickcat

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I/Os are just a fair amount more maintenance. Certainly can be done. Zincs (and any associated bonding connections between the parts) are critical.

Personally I don't like fishing over big O/B.

24' or bigger I'd take an inboard.
 
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Darksails

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Yet I see many I/O in slips. Did something change?

Nothing changed. People buy them because they are cheaper and can be ok if you stay on top of the maintenance. Case in point: a buddy has a SeaRay with twin Alpha 1's and they're such cheap drives he's ok with replacing them if he has any issues.

I vote for inboard, but we cruise as well and hang a bunch of shit off the back.
 
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Castlepadre

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I saw one solution for farralon with an I/O and the owner had one of these. Had some cholrine dispenser like a pool. He was meticulous and one like this was used for numerous years

 
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