We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common ! Just start by posting a note introducing yourself to the group, that's all it takes here (we don't ask for or retain any personal information here, because our intention is to just "have fun and share information".
Keep in mind that the outboard is easier to install than an inboard or I/O set up. Outboards also don't have any requirements for emission controls (yet). Today's outboards are as clean burning as inboards, lighter and less expensive for the manufacturer. They are also less expensive to maintain over time versus an I/O system. I'm not happy about it, but that's the way the industry is going.
Additionally, the days of boat owners moving up from trailerable boats to an in-the-water 28-32 footer is over. The cost of owning and maintaining an in the water boat is a huge increase, that most boaters won't pay. My local marina used to have a multi-year wait list for covered slips. Now 28' slips are easy to get, and when i wanted a 32 footer I had my choice of 3 covered and 2 open slips.
Brunswick is dumping Sea Ray to focus on their smaller boat lines, which are almost exclusively outboard powered.
I left the marine industry because it is dying a slow death, and will become divided into two groups. Small outboard power (18 feet and smaller) and larger yachts (40' plus).