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Re: Outboard on 1974 Pearson 10m?
I think the amount of work and cost involved with an inboard will depend on what's currently in the boat. Are the thru hulls there? Prop shaft? Tank? Was it an A4 or a diesel? Are you willing to do some work yourself?
I've seen an Atomic 4 or 2 for pretty cheap, but if you are going through the expense of having that installed, might as well get a used diesel while you are at it. The more you do yourself, the more you'll save, paying $60/hr+ for someone to run a few tubes and install a tank isn't worth it if you can manage it yourself (OTOH it is for things like alignment).
He said it is in a yard in Connecticut, I doubt you will find anyone to clean the boat for $60 a hour! I am sure you will be looking at twice or three times that rate in New England.
There are plenty of boats you can put an outboard on, I don't think this is one, especially not for a trip down the inter-coastal. I say ship it or have it fixed before you leave with an inboard.