Info on the Columbia. Kind of a pain to raise and lower due to their setup with a line. (On my cat we use hydraulics and that part worked fine.)
They had to replace the universal once on the columbia and this is my point regarding maintenance nightmare. We are constantly working on our universal and is the main reason for us ripping it out. A lot of power is pushed through that joint and it gets a workout.
So I really think these system are for the top Grand Prix boats. As the post above said not even the MC38 comes with their own system. That is a race boat but a sail drive is worth the reliability.
Definitely not a grand prix boat - more of a fast coastal cruiser
It would be great if you could get some info from the Columbia owner.
This looks like the typical case of where if something looks too good to be true - it usually is.
The concept has been around for a long time - I think even the Glen-L site has some old drawings of a system not too dissimilar to the Biecker and Amartech drives - and if they worked even half as well as one might think, then every boat would have them.
The Larchmont one will also spend all of August on Shelter Island for anyone who is on the East End. Maybe we can get a UFO division together at the HPDO at American YC in October and not have to race Portsmouth Yardstick under a random number that won't have been properly established yet in all likelihood.