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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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In addition to the excellent advice above, keep in mind (aside from the aesthetics of the outboard hanging off the back) that you need to consider reinforcing the transom area for the new bracket - if the boat was designed for an inboard the transom is likely not meant to take the stresses and loads as is.

Unless we're talking about a 25-27 foot boat, I'd stick with an inboard for a host of reasons.
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