I am looking at various options for ridding myself of my unreliable Bravo II Diesel stern drive. Options include reconfiguring to surface piercing, outboard, Konrad or Yanmar drive. Of course cost is an issue with all options. Building a stern pod and hanging a 350 OB on would likely be the most initial cost as well as result in lost fuel economy and range but I also understand that this can be a pay know or later situation and that fuel might be the cheapest part of boat ownership in the long haul. Anyway, not looking for a beating over IB, OB, gas, diesel, twin or single. Seen and heard all that before. I like my boat a lot but it needs to be safe and reliable. A few details; 27' custom alloy , Yanmar 315 hp diesel, coastal cruiser, about 9k# ready, 6.5 gallons per hour at cruise, 150 gallon tank, cruise about 22knts @ 3200 rpm, WOT 3800rpm at 29knts. Not on my list are rebuild or replacement of the Bravo or a Volvo.