Lay of the Land
An outboard opens up more cockpit space. By eliminating the need to place the engine within the hull’s confines, manufacturers are typically able to expand the boundaries into an area otherwise occupied by a sun pad or motor-box enclosure.
The flip side? Tucking a stern-drive out of sight allows for that spacious sun pad, as well as a full-width, undivided swim platform across the stern.
Interestingly, Ebbtide keeps almost the complete stern-drive-style layout when switching to the outboard. The most noticeable difference with the outboard version is the half-moon chunk taken out of the 6-foot by 2-foot-6-inch sun pad.
Below, the area taken up in the stern-drive version is divided between the motor well and a rectangular storage area in the center, flanked by large, divided stowage areas to port and starboard. By necessity, the outboard’s swim platform is divided into two 14-square-inch platforms. That makes it more difficult to gear up for wakeboarding or skiing, and it offers tighter confines when reboarding using the starboard-mounted swim ladder.