46Chief, that's awesome, great to hear. What did you go with?
A couple days ago I found a '98 low hour Mercruiser that might be a good option. Then I had to let the project rest a bit 'cause I just became father of a son!
Today starting to look into it again. We haven't made aan offer yet but I want to do that today or tomorrow. If he doesn't want to let it go for next to nothing all this searching is for nothing.
And then find out which of the 2 posters above you is right; "POS that deserves to stay in the barn" or "diamond in the rough". Probably somewhere in between but I hope (and kind of think) it's leaning towards the positive side.