Originally Posted by spartacus
You potentially reduce the free-board height at the transom, and all the potential issues that are likely to arise. Insurance will probably be an issue going forward, considering the boat will now be modified.
The 40hp 2-stroke standard is still desirable or some SIBs, namely older-style Zodiacs GTs and Futuras. Sell the Evinrude and by a long-shaft outboard, job done. Either that or search out the original seller!
So the only down side is a bit of loss of freeboard and potential insurance issues?
Come on ffs it's a rib you get a bit of water over the stern so you drive away and it drains out!
It's been modified is a problem? have you read some of the threads about refurbs and upgrades, people change their boats a lot more than dropping the transom a few inches and don't give it a second thought
The original seller gave him the engine so I guess no joy there!
The boat will be fine with a lowered transom.
my boat is 3.6m and has ample freeboard even loaded with 2 divers all the kit and a driver & it's never sunk, if we leave it in a marina we drop the trunk if it rains we get 50mm of water on the deck the rest runs out the trunk
I'd assume the op is on a budget seeing as he was given the engine so his most cost effective way to go boating is chop the transom a bit of glass over it & go boating
Even if he wants to fit a long shaft later it's not a massive job to rebuild just look at all the Sr 4 rebuild threads almost every one has replaced the transom