Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Leandro California
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I think I know what you are asking, if wrong disregard. An inboard engine is better than an outboard hanging off the transom, hands down, no way no how, done deal. I have had both and will never have a boat with an outboard again. If you sail in flat waters with no surf or current than an outboard will do the job. On the other hand get into some chop or heaven forbid real ocean then the thing is almost useless. Now, on to the question on the motor if it works then paint it do what needs done, oil, filters, impellers, exhaust etc and you have a boat that can take you home. An engine for me is a safety thing not just a convincence. I have had to use it to get out of the way of real big ships that don't move and the wind is not enough, get down the channel when, if you get off the path you are aground. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders so the decision comes down to you for your boat. But, don't spend 10 grand on a new engine unless, you have the money then go for it guys like me make a living doing this kind of stuff.