Originally Posted by TakeFive
After reading Jim's issues with this boat, and the other issues that some of you here have described with your own boats, I realize how fortunate I am that I have never missed a day of sailing due to mechanical problems (knock on wood). Much of that is luck, but part of that is simply the fact that my little boat has relatively simple systems that are easy to fix. If my outboard motor were to go kaput, I could easily replace it. Of course, an outboard has other deficiencies if you get into serious swells and chop, but you can't beat its simplicity.
I also meant to add my 2 cents on this for what its worth.
Given the then complexity vs. simplicity model of a outboard engine vs. an inboard. I would also opt for the inboard ( and inboard diesel) every time. I would also opt for an inboard gas vs. an outboard gas engine, just because of protection of the engine and its ability to remain powered in heavier seas. I have found in board diesels to be less finicky, run forever, no need to have explosive gas on board, in no danger of being swamped or ruined by a large wave in a following sea.
Our Yanmar 30GMF is 30 years old has 4500 hours and is just broken in. It required an initial major tune-up when I bought the boat and occasional maintenance schedule and of course CLEAN FUEL, but its like the little engine that could. It amazes me sometimes at its steadiness.
Safety is knowing no matter how the weather is the engine will dig in and deliver for you. I don't want to worry about getting the engine swamped or whether the shaft is long enough to handle the swells.