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Gobs of cash can solve many things, but can you solve the problem just by outsmarting it?

That is, put all crew aft when you need to run the engine in those conditions. If you need to send a crew forward to drop the jib, do that while you are still in open water and can afford to idle the engine. then come aft and power it up.

Or, get a couple of five gallon water bottles or collapsible bladders. Fill them and tie them outboard of the transom when you need to motor in rough water. Drain them and stow them when you don't need the weight.

There's usually a way to outsmart a boat. If Beneteau doesn't say the boat "needs" an XL shaft engine, ask them how else they outsmart the boat.
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