you guys are right. there was a motor. the fuel cap is where you said it would be. the shaft is still in the boat. it wasn't glassed over. i didn't get a chance to see if it still turns. it was getting dark fast and i wanted to get that hatch on there. the motor mounts are still there. i think it must have been removed because it stopped working. the outboard mount is a nice one, not just a piece of wood bolted to the transom.
anyhow, does te shaft still being there give me any options to put in an inboard, that would be cost effective? or should i just go with an outboard?
and, if i do just opt for the outboard, should i remove the shaft, when it is hauled, and glass the hole shut? do i have to worry about the shaft being a leak threat?
Wow - Lots of good stuff to chew on here! Well, if I were in your position, I would find this an awesome opportunity to do a cost comparison. Lets look at the outboard option:
Outboard: You'll need to purchase an outboard. You'll need to do something about that shaft as I'll bet my first born there's a prop attached to that and drag on that prop will be a huge drag when you're out sailing and find yourself next to another boat and want to embarrass them in front of their women. As you know, anytime there are two sailboats, its an automatic race. lol
Note: There is a safety consideration to take into consideration. Having a hole in the bottom of your boat that's not being used would really make me nervous, especially if the boat hasn't been used for sailing in a number of years. If you decide to go the way of an outboard, I would get that old shaft removed and glassed over. (add to cost of outboard)
Boat was designed to have an engine. Therefore, you will need to consider the dynamics of the boat and how she will sail without that ballast in place. My Vire weighs about 250lbs plus 200lbs gallons of gas (8lbs per gal x 25 gal)
Replace Inboard: In my opinion, just the cleaner option of the two. A replacement engine probably about 500 bucks. uses existing shaft and prop. Dynamics of the boat stay true. You could use the existing outboard mount for back up engine. Safety is everything.
With that said - I will be interested in seeing how you manage these challenge as there is lots to learn here.