Let’s talk about forward drives! in Boat Talk Posted March 10 I have some experience driving one of these boats. The maneuvering is better that a conventional drive. That is the only positive thing I can say about it. Leading with your props is never a good idea. Even conventional inboard tow boats have a skeg and or guard around the cutlass bearing. You have already read what it costs to replace one. Too much risk in my opinion. The problem is that many manufacturers like Chap have adapted to this drive because they don't have to start from scratch and build a true tow boat. IMHO If you want to surf you need a boat designed to do that not a hybrid that does nothing well except cruise.