Originally Posted by Bestathook
In the long run, though, paying more, for a better boat, proves cheapest in the long run.
Truer words were never spoken.
No one ever gets out of a boat the money
they put into it. Buy the best-kept, most well maintained example of a given boat you can find (within reason), and let the previous owner take the hit on the cost of having kept it that way or brought it to that level.
It's easy to say "yeah just drop a rebuilt diesel
in there." And then you find out the beds need to be rebuilt, oh and you need an exhaust
, heat exchanger
, shaft and seal, and prop, etc. You'll spend more than the purchase price
of that boat a couple of times over in short order.
I agree that an outboard
is completely inadequate for that boat if you ever want to leave protected waters. As it was, it was underpowered to begin with. If I were dropping an engine
in that thing I would not look at anything less than 30 hp.