Even if I do a direct drive from the motor to the prop? I would fork over a little for a prop, the rest I can either machine or buy used/salvaged.
I did notice the prop shaft alone would be spendy but we would have to see when the time comes.
I was surfing the forums earlier and saw people start their boats in gear anyway so what's the point of a transmission other than redirecting the shaft backward?
If it really came down to it I suppose I'll just go with the outboard for now and modify the boat to a v-drive in the future. But I really think I could get it done cheap. If you knew me you would understand King of Thrift one could say.