Originally Posted by fast fred
Responsibility lies with you on a used hull. for all you Know the first owner ordered the hull with that motor.
Unfortunately, I think Fred sums this predicament up nicely. When you buy a used boat, it is your responsibility to insure that the boat is sound... by investing in a proper survey if you're smart. It seems that this engine mounting issue would have been instantly identified as a problem.
As for the steel plate, my Hurricane came equipped with an aluminum plate reinforcement. It seems very strong... and looks cool too!