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Our 25 foot Meridian has an outboard, running in a well. I've had inboards. Thanks, but I'll keep my outboard.
We've done two trips from Texas to Florida and return so far, mostly in the ICW, but a fair amount offshore. Totaling some 3200 plus miles. Never had a problem, even in larger seas. OCCASIONALLY the prop will come out, but not often. Remember- ours is in a well, NOT on the transom.
As for fuel economy- we have an 8 hp 4 stroke Yamaha. We can run the boat at hull speed with the engine running just UNDER the start setting- a high idle. Running at that speed, we get 7.5 to 8 hours on a 3 gallon tank. ICW running averages about 15 miles per gallon. I didn't get that good with my 35 foot trimaran, running a diesel.
We have plans for long distance cruising within the next year- Florida Keys, Bahamas, up the east coast. I have no qualms whatsoever in having an outboard- in fact, I prefer it.