I've just sold a lovely Yamaha 15hp 2-stroke because a shoulder and age related problem has made weight absolutely crucial to me. Now saved 10kg with a Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke. Also bought an easier to manage SIB which is awaiting sea trials before getting the green light as a keeper.
I've done the glue thing with an old Bombard bought cheap and just used as proof of concept and then sold on cheap. After a couple of years with the new owner the glue stated to fail other places and it was scrapped.
A new T38 if you can see stock anywhere may be your best bet of getting on the water quickly this summer. I see Boatworld will have them in 8 days... several of us have bought from them this year and they've been good.
Can't advise re the Mrs/Pinball tables/ no. of boats etc.