IF (see how that is in caps) you come to the point where you are going to pull the gasoline 4 atomic...
1. gasoline is highly combustible (diesel is more stable)
2. gasoline breaks down a lot faster than diesel
3. diesel engines (generally) has more efficient consumption
4. diesel engines (generally) produces more torque
You might find a middle ground and install a motor with a smaller footprint.
My current refit
included removing the monster perkins
4-108 which was in the middle of the galley
which made the cabin
VERY loud and hot and it weighed 500lbs and the prop came off 20 degrees port of center which made baking up all kinds of weird. This was not an rash decision but, in the end, I pulled the 50hp motor and installed a 29 ho turbo saildrive
I added another 40 gallons of water
(to the 35 gallons in the bilge
tank) and made it possible to move the tiny /shallow sink to to other side of the galley
and install a deep double sink with under sink storage
(and under counter enclosed trash where the original sink used to be).
Tankage was a problem for me as she had a 5 gallon holding tank
, 20 gallons of water and 15 gallons of diesel. Another hard decision was to rip of the teak
sole and fill the bilge
(W36"*L90**H16*) with a 35 gallon water and 35 gallon fuel tank
. For $800 in 3 custom tanks
& fittings and 1000 in 1/2" teak
and 1/2" white maple (holly isnt available in 8' lengths) and a few busted knuckles and some sweat and tears and I have the tankage I need without compromising on the aesthetics I want.
NOTE: I could have taken more time and worked to salvage
the original sole or spent a lot less on it's replacement if I opted for mahogany etc.
Since I was rewiring the power plant, moving the motor dramatically simplified my power plant and charging
Short version... there are always 3 solutions to every problem. Keep reading and asking questions and you will soon know which one if the right solution for you.
While water is important, it comes in 1 and 5 gallon jugs and does not require pulling a motor so you can carry more than your current
NOTE: I know I am insane and am not encouraging anyone to go as far overboard
as I am with this refit