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Re: Thinking of Losing My Inboard
I posted in the thread linked earlier with my thoughts. I seem to be in the minority of people that have an inboard boat with an outboard and actually like it, despite it's flaws.
That said, I'm not sure I would remove a functioning inboard in favor of an outboard unless you really needed the space (e.g. LONG passages). Our decision to mount an outboard was completely based on cost-benefit, I wasn't willing to drop the money required to put an inboard back in, because it wasn't worth it. If we already had one in that worked, we would have left it and used it. We would take over a 70% hit on the install of a new or used diesel, so it just wasn't worth it.
It also depends on the type of sailing you do and where you are. I have talked to a lot of people on the matter and gotten completely different answers from people with different needs and experience levels.
Also, you could experiment with it for a while and see what you think. Why not buy a mount and motor, leave the diesel in, and try it for a while? If it doesn't work, you can fill the holes and sell it. If it does, you can buy a better motor and sell the inboard. As I mentioned in the previous thread, our boat has an 8000lb displacement and we use a 6 HP 4-stroke that ran us around $1500 new, we saw used ones of the same type for around $800.
Last edited by Shinook; 10-21-2013 at 09:16 AM.