hi all. I know this isn't exactly a high performance engine . I am new to the boating world and after buying my first boat (and getting screwed) found that the engine has a hole in block. noth the end of the world, i have built a few engines for cars and trucks, but this will be my first boat build so i am looking for some guidance.
I pulled my engine and found it is totally junk, only thing i can salvage is the intake and carb. it has a 5.7 with a one piece rear main seal i
have an older small block 4 bolt main 2 piece rear main seal engine that i was saving for a 4x4 project. is this a good choice for a boat build? if you could help me out with how i should go about selecting parts such as cam,pistons, cylinder heads. i have a good selections of heads to use but not sure of which heads to use. also i hear talk about marine engines being "loose" like piston ring gaps.
Engine is going in a 88 bayliner 21' capri cuddy cabin that weighs about 2800lbs. I don't want to set any records on the water i am just looking for reliability and reasonable on fuel (i know this goes against high performance). any help will greatly appreciated.