Originally Posted by crazy8
This is sound advise. Thank you. I just figure for the amount of money I have the inboard will probably be in less than good shape, and it would be cheaper to just get one with an outboard. Is that wrong? Do you think its feasible if I shop around to find a good deal for this amount of money. One reason Im looking at smaller boats is that I can probably get one in better shape for the money I have.
You are pretty much right on the money here.
CardiacPaul is right of course. Outboards seem to be the least useful when you need them the most. When the sea is running the prop pops out of the water and you go no place.
That being said I would focus on getting the most value for your money and not so much on the boat. At 10g if it floats and sails and you can sell it for 9g in a year or two after you know what you really like, whats not to love.
You are right about the diesel costs.
A Catalina 27 with an outboard might be 8,000 with a diesel it might be 15,000.
Smaller boats are simpler and cheaper.
A 27 footer is awfully big for an outboard. Most folks top off outboards at about 25'.
Don't forget you have little or no battery charging with an outboard.