Niagara 26 outboard
I have a Niagara 26 with outboard.
No the electric start and remote controls are not essential as you operate engine with the lazarette cover removed. They would be nice though.
Previous boat had outboard on bracket mounted on transom. The Niagara arrangement is no more awkward than the typical bracket mount system.
One comment about the Niagara arrangement. It utilizes a cutout in transom to mount the motor. With this arrangement the motor hight cannot be adjusted for sea conditions. When bashing thru big waves under motor the motor housing itself can actually be partially submersed. This fact and having a cutout in the transom (as a big hole) are serious considerations for seaworthiness. Swamped outboards do not run all that well!