Im no boat desiner JF but I know when to ask for expert advice.Or run with what works and is established.
To make great changes to a boats designd stability and move half ton engines around is big changes.
New ideas are great but the sea doesnt change and your experiance from what I can gather is great as far as I am concerned for Power boat racing and speed and all that stuff,
But I am a cruising man and speed development isnt of interest to me.sea keeping and longevity and better design is,the days of fag packet boat design is over in my eyes,some got it right others didnt.
This paticular hull was designed for a reason and it is a good boat with the engine where it is I believe,any changes need very carful thought and advice,from a proffesional thats is what I am saying.
I am actuly a in reality a buisness development consultant in my real life that has nothing to do with boats or design,but I am not scared to look a bit further in depth and ask questions about peoples theorys,and make my own mind up.
Dont be unhappy about it as I hope it works out ok,and if it does then great.
I have made my choices and believe they are the right ones,only time will tell,you may be right ,and if so I will be saying so,but I dont think so at this stage of the game.
There is nothing that I have heard on this thread that would make me change anything about my boat or engine or drive so far.