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The Great Lakes are my home but I do a fair amount of boating in the Florida Keys (incidentally, with my small outboard center console that I tow back and forth). Florida, and the general "warm" saltwater region, are almost exclusively outboard. One big reason is the salt. Ferrous metals rot out down there in the blink of an eye, whereas outboards last a bit longer...and when they do rot (or wear) out, the boat can be repowered in an afternoon without so much as popping an engine hatch.
However, I do agree with everyone here about how far outboards have advanced. They truly are no longer the loud, dirty, crude machines that they were in the 50s and 60s. While they lack the "romance," if you want to call it that, of the older ones, it's a somewhat neat hybrid to have a classic boat with a modern outboard. Kind of the best of both worlds. I'm an officer for Lyman Boat Owners Association and it's a common discussion topic...and we generally condone modern outboards for "user" boats because they offer the safety and performance...but aren't really a modification to the boat and vintage outboards can be re-mounted for shows.
Paul, you've summed up exactly why we keep pouring our lives into our old Commanders... I know I'm all sorts of upside down in mine, but it's at a far lesser level than paying the premium for a new boat that'll just take a significant depreciation hit. And then, I get the ongoing satisfaction of people walking down the dock right past the million dollar Sea Ray to ask me about my restored Commander.