OK, I think I made my decision to buy an Wooly SSD. I am having a hard time deciding on the jet. I read a lot of the other posts about IB, OB and SJ. But I think I have a different question.
I talked a bit to the Wooldridge guys and they said they would be willing to build a Super Sport Drifter with a SJ if I was interested. Here are my 2 main concerns.
#1 I know the Wooldridge guys are great at what they do, but does anyone think it is risky for the first install of a SJ on that boat? I read TJM's posts about his XL SJ and it sounds like they nailed it on the first try. They should be able to do it again right? Is there anything about the SSD hull that won't make it perform as well as the XL SJ hull?
#2 - I plan on keeping this boat for a long time - probably until someone buries me in it - at least 30 to 40 years from now hopefully. Do you guys think there could be any problems with re-powering/repairs/maintenance down the road a few years (5,10,20 or something)? I mean, once the hull is cut/built for the SJ, what happens when something goes wrong? Are there any forecasts on how long Merc will build/support the SJ?
I guess that's why I am still leaning to an OB. I know the fuel usage goes way up, but heck, re-powering is as easy as it gets. I guess my gamble is, all the money I spend in fuel vs. re-power costs somewhere down the road (maybe way down the road.)
Anyway - any thoughts will be appreciated. Hopefully this is at least a little different of a question for an old, probably worn out, discussion.
Oh - one more question. How about freezing? I goose hunt a lot - in freezing temps with the boat. Any differences with a SJ vs an OB when it comes to water freezing? Are they both easy to drain to prevent damage?