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What are outboard motors?

Alright, let’s talk about the unsung heroes of the boating world – outboard motors! They’re like the Swiss Army knives of boats, minus the corkscrew (unless you’re on a very specific type of adventure).

Now, picture this: outboards are the Chuck Norris of boat engines – lightweight, powerful, and quieter than a ninja in fluffy slippers. They’ve got it all – engine, transmission, shaft, and propeller – all packed into one neat, self-contained package. They usually hang out at the back of the boat, like the cool kids on the transom. But hey, some boat designers get fancy and throw in a motor well or bracket for some motor-mounting pizzazz. And guess what? The whole motor swivels like a ballet dancer to give you the smoothest steering experience ever. Turning propellers? No problemo!

Now, when it comes to picking your outboard, it’s like choosing ice cream flavors. We’ve got electric motors for the eco-conscious sailors, two-stroke engines that mix gasoline and oil like a fancy cocktail, four-stroke engines running on pure gasoline (no olive garnish), and even diesel engines for the boat connoisseurs. So, whether you’re looking for a boat engine that purrs like a kitten or roars like a lion, we’ve got ’em all in our outboard zoo!

Mercury Pro XS outboard

Types of outboards and what are the differences

2 Stroke Outboards

Two-stroke outboard motors have been around for decades and are known for their simplicity and lightweight design. These engines rely on a mixture of oil and fuel to lubricate internal components, making them more prone to polluting the water with emissions. While they tend to be cheaper compared to other options, two-stroke outboards can be noisy and less fuel-efficient than their counterparts.

4 Stroke Outboards

Four-stroke outboard motors have gained immense popularity due to their superior efficiency and reduced emissions when compared to two-stroke models. These engines operate by completing four strokes (intake, compression, combustion, exhaust) within each revolution rather than the two strokes found in older designs.

Electric Outboards

Electric outboard

With advancements in technology and increasing concern for eco-friendliness on the water, electric outboard motors have gained traction among boaters who prioritize sustainability as well as quiet operation.