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Repowering transom-gap outboard, installation?
I'm looking at buying an 1972 Ericson 27. It was factory fitted with an outboard, but that motor has long since departed. The current outboard it has is dead, and I'd like to replace it with a completely new one, presumably 9 HP or 15 HP. (I specifically do not want to repower it with a used motor.)
1) What type of outboard do I need? Do new 2-stroke outboards still exist, or do I need to get a 4-stroke? The 4-strokes I've seen new are about $2K; is this about right, or is that paying too much?
2) How major of a deal is it to install the new outboard? Can I just drop the new outboard in, or will I need to drill holes in the transom? The previous outboard was clamped only, with no through-holes. I've attached some pictures of the old outboard mounting in case that's helpful.
3) Do I need to worry about getting an outboard that is not dimensionally-compatible? I know I will need to get the proper shaft length, but do I need to worry about the cowling fitting inside of the space available?
Edit: I think I may have been screwed by the outboard dealer. See my latest post.
Last edited by aaronwindward; 09-22-2010 at 04:48 AM.