Re: Rethinking inboard
If you have diesel smell you have a dirty engine.
There is no way I'd go with a outboard over a inboard on any sailboat that is being used as more than a over nighter.
I've ridden quiet a few 24-28 footers with outboards, that well is NOT quiet and usually needs to be open to both cool and provide air.
I've got a buddy with a Bristol 24 - he went through heck finding a motor large enough to push him, small enough to fit.
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.