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Re: Outboard motor mount and resell value
Scott, there's a school of thought that says anyone who bolts an outboard onto a boat in order to avoid inboard repairs is a butcher. And was too broke to keep up with routine maintenance. In that school of thought, they'll just walk away from your boat.
The other school of thought is hey, it's cheap and I want a cheap boat, I don't want to sink in another ten grand for an engine. I think that's the minority point of view.
Personally? I'd see the outboard and quietly turn around and walk away. If you absolutely must, find something that CLAMPS on, making no holes. And you'll need a deep shaft engine with a sailboat prop on it if you want to get decent use of it. And the money you spend on that, will make it harder to fix or replace the inboard.
Is your inboard absolutely for certain toast? Totally unrepairable? Or would it just make sense to sell the boat now as "needs engine" and take the loss as it is?