I have an '84 Catalina
25 with a 9.9 HP outboard. Although I hope to go to a bigger boat someday, I would have preferred the inboard. It is a double edged sword. The engine
stays in the boat, which is good for storage
but makes maintenance
a pain. Most older boats that had the inboards had painfully small engine compartments. One 25 I was on a few years back, the owner had totally gutted the interior
and rebuilt to his specs, with a fully accessible engine compartment. Obviously, with the larger boats, this is usually not much of a problem.
That being said, You should look at where plan to sail/motor. In rough seas, an OB can be a pain.
Regarding the previous charging
comment, my OB is outfitted with a small alternator
. Not a great deal of charging, but it does work, nowhere near the cap of an inboard though.
My advice is to talk with owners who have both. I wanted the inboard, but the boat with the OB was too good a deal to pass up, and I do not get too many huge waves up here on Champlain.
P.s. I have motored up to 15 miles at a time with my OB with no problems.