This article answers some common questions you may have about outboard boat motors. Read on to find out more.
How does an outboard motor differ from an onboard motor?
An outboard motor is a boat engine that is located outside of the hull. This type of motor can be mounted onto a transom, or it may ride on top of the stern. An inboard/engine takes up space inside your boat's hull and cannot be removed from the water when not in use.
How do you start an outboard motor?
You can start outboard motors in many different ways. The most common is the pull cord and electric start. A few modern engines also come with a remote that can be used to turn on or start your engine without having to be near it. All you have to do is push a button and the motor will turn on.
What advantages does an outboard offer?
The biggest advantage of an outboard motor is that you can take it on and off the boat. This makes it very simple to store and transport. In addition, outboards give excellent manoeuvrability, which is why they are the favourite of many boaters.
Are there any disadvantages?
The downside to an outboard motor is that if something goes wrong, you will have to get into the water to fix it, unlike onboard engines that you can access from inside your boat's hull.
How long can an outboard motor last?
The life of an engine usually depends on the level of care it receives. However, it will typically last many years, with proper maintenance and storage during off-seasons.
What safety precautions should you take when using an outboard motor?
It would be best if you took all safety precautions when using your outboard motor; not doing so can cause serious harm to you, other people on the water, and damage to property. If you find yourself in trouble, always make sure to call for help. In addition, always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when operating your boat, follow all boating laws regarding signage for children, never drink while boating, always has fire extinguishers on hand and always check for water before starting up your boat, etc.
If you would like to find out more, you should make contact with a motorboat engines supplier today. A member of the team will be happy to provide you with more advice and information.