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If it's daysailing and weekending, why not save money and space and just have an outboard on the back?
No, I'm not joking! Conversely, you could have a fibreglass well built and drop an outboard in there for more protection and less weight off the end.
People used to scull boats up to the high 30s in length with 14 foot sweeps...but perhaps this is too much economy for the modern cruiser.
The rule of thumb for engines, shafts and prop clearance is 14-15 degrees of "tilt" and the prop needs 10% of its diameter in clearance from the hull.
I have a pretty similar boat, and for all its wonderful attributes in my mind, cutting a hole in the hull to drop in a new diesel saildrive would cost more than it is worth. But if you love the boat so much that you expect to have it 25 more years and never expect to recoup the cost of conversion, then it's not going to bug you.
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