I have 1989 Four Winns 285 Vista.
Twin 5.7l OMC Cobra Counter-Rotating drives.
My mechanic told me that the forward gear on my port-side (LH) outdrive is blown out. This is the counter-rotating side, and apparently these LH-gear sets are like gold (hard to find). If the mechanic can find the part, he's telling me its going to be $2600 to do the repair.
I found a company here in Michigan that does complete rebuilds of the outdrive for $1995 which doesnt seem like too bad by comparison, plus he does both halves. The problem is that this company said they cant get LH gear sets anymore, and that it would have to be rebuild as a RH drive.
I understand the concept of counter-rotation, and I have to say, if I'm spending upwards of 2-3k, I would prefer that this be done so that it's in the original condition, they way the boat was meant to be.
Having said that, I dont really know how the boat would handle differently. Does anyone have any insight on why this is a good, or bad idea.. considering it looks like I dont have many options.
..Or if anyone knows where I can get the LH gearset parts that would be good too.
Thanks in advance.