How to Choose the Right Outboard Engine For Your Boat

If you ask us, there’s nothing better than setting out on the water for a trip in your very own boat. The feeling of the wind in your face, the sun on your back (sometimes!) and the peace and quiet out at sea or on a lake is something we adore and most boat enthusiasts agree. But, if your boat requires a new outboard motor, it can be hard to know where to begin with choosing one. Let’s take a look at all the things you should consider when making your choice…

Choose the Right Outboard Engine

The Right Size of Engine and Correct Shaft Length

The most important factor to consider is the right size of outboard motor for your size of boat. Most boats will come with guidance on what size of engine they recommend for your boat which will be chosen based on the safe horsepower and total weight limit of your boat. It’s vital that you pay close attention to this, as if you put an outboard motor with too much horsepower, you could end up tipping your boat and endangering yourself and any other passengers on board.

You should also remember that you don’t always have the choose the highest level of horsepower that your boat can handle too. In many cases, a high horsepower motor isn’t necessary and you could save money by purchasing a less powerful option.

After choosing the right amount of horsepower for your boat and your needs the next thing to be selected is the right shaft length. Generally, small boats have small transoms and as such a short shaft length is sufficient. However, some small boats do have larger transoms and will require longer length shafts to reflect this. You should try to get your motor shaft as close to your transom height as possible to avoid any problems.

Technical Features

There are some other technical features to think about when choosing the right outboard motor for you. Electric start is something that is popular with many as it makes your boat easy to start up and move away. Another popular feature is power tilt, which is especially useful when powering a small boat in shallow water. Power tilt allows you to turn your engine without straining your arm or shoulder. Power thrust is also a feature this is nice to have and gets your boat moving more easily. It’ll allow your boat to get up to speed more quickly and will be extra useful if you encounter a strong current or heavy wind.

One of the best things to do when choosing a new outboard motor is to speak to an expert like us at Aquatec Marine Engineering. Our founder, Gordon, has more than 40 years of experience in engineering and can offer his expert advice on the right solution for your needs. Contact Gordon or any one of our expert technicians or engineers by calling 01903 762 610 and we’ll be delighted to help.

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