FAQs About Choosing A Marine Outboard

Posted on: 16 November 2022

If you're worried about limited boat space, then you may want to have an outboard motor installed. These motors are mounted outside of the boat rather than inside, so they help maintain your boat's overall spaciousness. There are many brands that make marine outboard motors, and each brand makes a number of models. As such, it is not uncommon for customers to have a few questions as they begin shopping for the perfect outboard motor. Here are some questions you may have. 

What shaft length do you need?

The shaft is the part of the outboard motor that actually hooks to the side of your boat. How long should it be? Well, it needs to be the same length as your boat transom, which means you need to measure your boat transom. Use a tape measure, and measure from the top of the transom to the very bottom. It is easiest to do this with the boat on dry land. If your transom is, say, 15", then you need an outboard motor with a 15" shaft. Note that most outboard motors are somewhat adjustable. So, for instance, you might find one that adjusts to a 14" - 17" inch shaft for your boat with a 15" transom. 

Is an electric start or a manual start better?

Some outboard motors have an electric start; you just push a button to get them going. Other outboard motors have a pull start; you pull a cord to start them, much like you do with a push lawnmower. Neither option is better, per se. An electric start is easier to use, but those motors tend to cost significantly more. Most people can use a pull start without struggle, and they are significantly cheaper. A pull start is also less likely to fail as the outboard motor gets older.

Can you use a marine outboard motor in freshwater?

Generally, yes. Most marine outboard motors can be used in either freshwater or saltwater. However, a freshwater outboard motor may not be designed for use in saltwater. The saltwater could corrode the motor if it is not made with materials that resist corrosion. If you will be boating in both saltwater and freshwater, your best bet is a motor designed for marine use.

With these questions answered, you should be better prepared to select an outboard motor for your boat. Talk to a boating specialist for more tips and advice.

Reach out to a company like Reliable Marine Services to learn more.