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RL28 with shaft drive diesel
I am considering buying an RL28 that has been sadly neglected in recent years by its 85-year-old owner. Needs an internal refit, which is fine - what I'm concerned about is the shaft-drive Sole diesel, which looks in very rough condition though still runs.

Has anyone had experience with this arrangement, relating to maintenance, reliability, performance and costs? Also any ideas as to what era it would be, since more recent examples mention a Volvo saildrive.

I'd appreciate other comments on potential pitfalls, and also positives. Eg - are they are fast boat? Please email direct or call 0407 075 106.

Mark Rothfield2-Nov-2001    Edit    Delete 
Replace deisel with Outboard
My tired old "Drofin" deisel let me down in "Sealeggs" formely "Dingo" from Cairns.I gourged a hole in the rear centre hull and spent $2,000 on a 15 hp Mercury rather than spend $5-6,000 on repairs or replacement.If considering the same contact me for dimensions of the bracket required to mount the short shaft in the well. email ensorneil@hotmail.com or ring 0438543691.(perth)
Neil Ensor Perth W.A. 15-Dec-2001    Edit    Delete 
Replace deisel with Outboard
My tired old "Drofin" deisel let me down in "Sealeggs" formely "Dingo" from Cairns.I gourged a hole in the rear centre hull and spent $2,000 on a 15 hp Mercury rather than spend $5-6,000 on repairs or replacement.If considering the same contact me for dimensions of the bracket required to mount the short shaft in the well. email ensorneil@hotmail.com or ring 0438543691.(perth)
Neil Ensor Perth W.A. 15-Dec-2001    Edit    Delete 

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