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When Is an Inboard Motor Better Than an Outboard?

Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Is an Inboard Motor Better Than an Outboard?

If you’re in the market for a new boat, you probably need to choose between an inboard engine and outboard motor; the inboard engine is built into the boat compartment, under the flooring. Like a car engine, an inboard engine is a permanent part of the boat and not meant to be removed. The outboard motor is portable and attached to the back of the boat with heavy-duty clips. While each may have their advantages, note when you want to opt for the inboard engine versus the outboard motor. Water sports If you’re getting a boat for water sports of any kind, you want an inboard engine. Because these engines are built under the boat, their propellers are lower in the water; this means more room between those propellers and swimmers getting in and out of the boat. An inboard engine also allows you to have a step or platform behind the boat, making it easier to get into and out of the water. The placement of the inboard engine may make it easier to control swells–the waves created when your boat cuts through the water. A propeller that is closer to the surface of the water, such as with an outboard motor, will create higher swells that tend to be near the center of the boat, getting in the way of skiers. An inboard engine’s propeller is lower in the water so the swells spread out, away from the boat. This creates a smoother surface behind the boat for water sports. Entertaining If you plan on doing any entertaining on your boat, you want an inboard engine; the sound of the engine is muffled better since it’s built and placed under the body of the boat. This can also give you a larger floor space for more guests on your boat. Convenience and safety An outboard motor is somewhat easy for someone to steal; if you keep your boat on a dock and not in a locked storage facility, you would need to remove the motor and lock it away at the end of every day on the water. Along with added security, an inboard engine will also have its major components placed so that they’re easily accessible from under the boat’s floor; with an outboard motor, you may need to remove the motor from the boat and set it on the dock in order to make minor repairs. This makes an inboard motor more convenient to maintain and repair and a safer option...

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Why Choose an Inboard Engine Versus an Outboard for Your Boat?

Posted by on November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Choose an Inboard Engine Versus an Outboard for Your Boat?

Inboard and outboard engines both offer some advantages for boat owners, but if you’re serious about boating and enjoying your time on the water, you want to ensure you’ve considered an inboard engine. Boat owners often don’t realize the advantages it offers over an outboard engine and may be missing out on some of its benefits every time they take their boat out. Note a few of those advantages here so you can consider an inboard engine when you’re ready to buy. 1. Safer towing A water skier may be pulled with a very long tow rope behind a boat, but today people are enjoying tubing and wakeboarding just as much as skiing. These sports keep the rider in closer proximity to the boat, sometimes with just a few feet or meters between them and the stern. An inboard engine allows for safer towing as the propeller is tucked under the transom of the boat. In turn, there is more protection and cushioning for the person being towed in case they should slide closer to the boat. This extra room also means that it’s easier to get in and out of the boat for towing sports. You can step over the inboard engine and out the back end of the boat more readily than with an outboard engine. 2. Hairpin turns The rudder of an inboard engine has a tighter turning radius than an outboard engine. This allows for easier pickup of fallen skiers and also makes it easier to turn around tight corners in canals and smaller bodies of water. If you want the most control of your boat for steering, an inboard engine is the right choice. 3. Less bow rise The placement of the inboard engine helps to disperse the weight of the engine more readily so that there is less bow rise. This in turn can mean more fuel efficiency since more of the boat is sitting in the water and in turn, there is less drag. This can also mean less wake as you’re boating so that skiers, tubers, and other boarders have a safer and more consistent ride.  4. Seating and storage Since your inboard engine is hidden underneath the back of the boat, you may have more room for seating and storage. This can be a good consideration if you often go boating with family and friends and find that it can get a bit crowded when storing gear, tackle, skis, and whatever else you need to enjoy a full day on the water. If you’re looking for a new engine for your boat, you might want to consider a mercruiser...

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