Yes it would be nice, however every club has restrictions on i.c. engines. Just looked up the engine size for this boat and it is a 29 that should have been in it .The O.S. 20 marine came out of my Wave Princess (Nor Star Kit) a planing hull and had no probs. I like the crack of of a diesel or glow engine can't beat it and the smell. Shame they can't get the noise of them down to an acceptable level.
I've still got the O.S 20 and the HB 25BB in the shed oiled up and stored..someday vroom. The extra raised compartment at the bow was for easy access to the fuel tank my own design.