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Whether they are banned or not, doesn't mean that sale of two-stroke outboards aren't going to be limited or banned. I believe the laws currently allow use of existing two-stroke outboards, but believe that EPA guidelines will be stopping the two-stroke outboard sales.
I would also be hesitant to mount an outboard on a boat that was designed for an in-board. The outboard will have problems with surfacing when the boat pitches, and adds a lot of weight aft—both of which have been mentioned previously. I don't see it as a viable long-term solution.
Finally, a 9.9 four-stroke OB is going to be around 100 lbs. Is the transom of your boat sufficiently reinforced to handle an outboard motor bracket with that much weight on it. Also, can it handle the forces generated when powering under the outboard??
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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