On my Catalina
27, the pervious owner enclosed the original outboard
well and added a drop down bracket to allow the motor
to be tilted completely out of the water
. They had a long shaft but it was to deep in the water when running and caused a lot of excess drag. Take your time and measure carefully when you set the bracket to avoid this, it really takes away from the ability of the motor to power the boat.
Also, reaching over the back to throttle and switch from FWD to REV is a pain, I highly recommend the remote
throttle / gear
selector. You can probably get a 4 stroke
start that can be wired to charge your batteries as well.
For it to be user friendly, $150+ for the bracket, $1000 for a used 9.9, $200 for the controls + labor......
How much is it to have the inboard repaired again?