Choosing The Right Engine

Choosing the engine (or propulsion system) for your boat is very important. Both the weight and the horsepower will have a major impact on the performance of your boat. If you have a boat that’s underpowered,the engine will work twice as hard,giving you poor performance.

Now,we will take a look at the motors availablefor boats and vessels:

Outboard Motor

An outboard motor is popular and useful on small boats. These motors are light,powerful,and extremely quiet. Normally mounted on the transom of a boat,there are boats available that offer amotor well or even a bracket to mount the motor too.

The entire motor will swivel about,providing easy steering as the turning propeller pushes the stern about. Outboard motors come in many different sizesand the horsepower can use different types of fuel.

Stern Drive

These motors are also known as I/O engines,andnormally heavier than outboard motors. Consisting of an engine mounted inboard and a lower unitattached to the transom,these motors offer power and versitility. You can tilt the motor upand down to help provide boat trim while you cruise.


On boats that are over 26 feet in length,thesemotors are very popular. Similiar to the stern drive motor,the inboard motor is mounted inside the boat towards the center,giving you good weight proportion.

Inboards connect directly to the transmission,then on through the hull of the boat. Then,the shaftis attached to a propeller which will turn andpropel the boat. The shaft is fixed and doesn’t swivel around. Therefore,a rudder is mountedbehind the shaft and propeller to help deflect the flow of water which provides your steering direction.

Jet Drive

Jet drive propulsion systems have a big advantage; no propeller to cause damage or injury to those inthe water,including marine life. Normally,theyare inboard engines that will take in water thatflows through a pump,powered by an impeller.

Then,the water is discharged at a very high pressure through a nozzle that will propel the boat. Toprovide steering for the boat,the nozzle willswivel. For a personal watercraft,a jet drive isthe way to go.

Keep in mind that when power isn’t being applied,jet driven boats will lose steering,as the streamof water that propels the boat won’t be there. Therefore,always keep any part of your body away from the pump intake – and never operate these types of boats in shallow water.

When you are done in the water for the day,the best way to store your boat is with a Boat Lift found at,which keeps in clean and secure.

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