I hope that someday I may be able to help someone with problems that I have encountered.
Welcome to the wild world of broke boat owners...and you will.
You will also be very happy you are starting with a new engine and wiring
it will make for a great foundation of many happy memories boating
...not having to deal with on the water
issues in at least that department...I would suggest to have your out drive pulled, serviced and replace the gimbel bearing and bellows while your at it 350.00 well spent.
And take the time to redo anything in the engine compartment now as you have easy access...like engine beds and bilge
Looking forward to pictures and stories soon.