A few questions for the forum.
I'm a outboard guy.. I've never considered a boat with an IO. But in a quest to find a new boat for my growing family, I'm running into the issue that a lot of the boats I like, are an I/O. I understand I could do a conversion to outboard, but not really interested in breaking the bank. Outboards aren't getting much cheaper either.
How many hours do you typically get from an inboard? I have excellent Merc service in town. Is the Merc Cruiser stuff good? What kind of fuel consumption do you get on a 300HP Inboard and a 24' boat? How is the reliablity? In the event of a repower, what kinds of costs are associated with a swap out? I'm guessing the labor would be much less with an outboard. Anybody have any real numbers that it took to repower?
Thanks guys. Just trying to do my homework.