The definition of an outboard motor is a detachable engine mounted on outboard brackets on the stern of your boat. Today's outboard motors range in horsepower from 1.0 HP to over 300 HP per engine. Outboard motors can be used in all types of waters.
There are two general types of outboard motors; 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke motors.
- Generally better acceleration out of the hole and at top end
- Overall, excellent power to weight ratio
- Basic models are simple by design
- Generally lower priced than a 4-stroke (carburated 2-Stroke only)
- No need to change the oil
- Generally weighs less than a 4-stroke
- Usually better fuel efficiency than carburated 2-Strokes (comparable to 4-Stroke)
- Usually quieter than carburated 2-Stroke (comparable to 4-Stroke)
Additional Benefits for 2-Stroke DFI
- DFI versions have lower emissions than carburated 2-stroke that meet all state standards, including California (comparable to 4-Stroke)
- Much better fuel efficiency than carburated 2-Strokes (comparable to 4-Stroke)
- Much quieter than carburated 2-Stroke (comparable to 4-Stroke)
- Engine Management Systems
- Electronic Ignition Systems