Outboards have come a long way over the last 5 years alone. I like my OB, how much easier is it to pop a cowl off an OB than to root around on your head in a bilge. It gives more cockpit room, saves weight, you can tilt it to the max and give it gas without ripping the U joints out. I do like the noise and rumble of a BB but that feeling fades at the pump. I am getting 11 mpg on my 115 Yamaha 4 stroke efi, I got 1 or less on my HP500s in the Active Thunder at the same rpms. I like the extra room, like 5 ft of extra room, and that is like getting 5 ft more of boat for free but not like a fountian beek Or a swim platform.