So im new but i've been looking through the posts on here about the 2.3 omc. Doesn't sound very popular or reliable. Am i just reading into peoples preferences??? Also i read someone mentioning to swap the 2.3 for a mercruiser. Can someone please explain what is meant by that. Will the outdrive bolt right up?? Am i looking at making motor mount changes?? What year and engine size can i look at that would be a direct fit if possible? By the way my boat is an 88 bayliner w/ 2.3 omc. I also posted that first time i took it out ran okay for 30 min then started puffing white smoke from exhaust but temp guages seemed okay and around 180 degrees. Again i am very mechanically inclined and do all the work on own cars so im up for a little work.