Originally Posted by ErikaZ
No more opinions?
-keep the engine on the transom
-build a stern/transom bench. This way you can keep either fuel or other stuff under the bench, and also use it as a twin seat. Further it can be used for strengthening the transom.
If You build it little off the transom, balance will be better
Maybe not solving all your targets but less risks in screwing the boat in this approach IMHO