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The other problem with having an inboard that is non-functional is the additional weight it adds to the boat. Same with having an outboard attached to a boat with an inboard. A good four-stroke outboard is several thousand dollars, and that may go a long way to fixing the inboard engine.
My boat was designed to use an outboard, and as such, allows the engine to sit low enough that the prop coming out of the water is almost non-existent as a problem.
The other problem with an outboard on a sailboat is how to control the throttle and steering on the outboard. That can be a huge problem if the outboard is mounted low enough to keep the prop in the water...
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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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