A new compact, attractively styled, light weight, high performance sterndrive has been developed to meet future needs of boat builders and consumers. This drive incorporates a new patented “inverted yoke” suspension system that provides excellent steering and handling characteristics. A new patent protected self-energizing cone clutch and novel shift mechanism produces smooth, quiet shifting in a very compact package. The new and unique above-cavitation plate exhaust provides increased reverse thrust and low level exhaust noise. Other features include ease of installation, good fuel economy, and overall superior performance.