Originally Posted by Daddyo
Read the manual. These are obsolete and poorly built in many ways. Proper maintenance is the key.
Sorry, but I have to pick at this as the 71 series direct drive transmission is one of my favorites. I admit it. They are compact and have a shallow down angle.
Okay, so the Velvet Drive 70 series transmissions are "poorly built in many ways". Strange that in many ways I would agree, yet somehow I don't think much "information" is being conveyed to state it that way ignoring that with their simplicity they are in final analysis one of the most reliable units you can own.
I think to color this in a bit better, I would shade it like this...
The Velvet Drive 70 series transmissions are "poorly built in many ways", just as the Caterpillar 3208 is "poorly built in many ways". They are. Really. Both of them. Yet, I'd also go out of my way to find and buy a boat that had them. Both have a rather strong history of lasting and lasting. Both are reliable, even with their shortcomings. They are predictable and both are at the low end of the cost of maintaining, especially the VD.
BTW, if Mike is still up at Harbor Marine in Everett, he's about the best guy out there for Velvet Drive's and just happens to be in our back yards.