Outboards are rapidly gaining share in more than just fishing boats. MJM has 12 pre-orders for its new 35 ft outboard-powered cruising boat, Formula just came out with a 40+ foot outboard-powered cruising boat, and Pursuit makes some big outboard-powered weekenders. I even read that the Endeavour Catamaran manufacturer just delivered a 48' power catamaran with twin outboards. The newer four-stroke outboards are amazingly reliable, quiet, with little vibration. Having them hang on the transom frees up so much space where inboard motors used to reside, plus there is no need for through-hulls or exhaust systems. Steering is much stronger when the entire prop flow is turned instead of partial turn of prop flow over a rudder. You can tilt up outboards for shallow water. I understand why outboards are being used more and more -- they have significant advantages over inboards for many types of boats up to the 40-foot range. Most important, a big center console with three or four outboards on the transom is really fun to drive.