Providence, RI (PRWEB) March 17, 2013
The world of boat motors, to the uninitiated, can be a confusing place. Boat ownership doesn’t come easy to those unfamiliar with the most basic concepts, so the staff at Used Boat Motors have put together a short starter guide to the different general types of boat motors.
First, they look at outboard motors. These are the most common boat motors used on smaller craft. All ‘outboard’ means is that the motor is visible, and attached to the outside of the boat. Outboards motors come in two-stroke and four-stroke varieties. There are several differences between the two types, but to keep it simple, they’ll just say that the 4-stroke engines typically run quieter, and tend to be more complicated and more expensive.
Since we’ve covered outboard, next up is inboard. As most people can probably guess, inboard motors are internal, and aren’t visible from outside the boat. They will usually be found on larger craft, and can come in a few different varieties as well, most notably gasoline or diesel powered. Gasoline runs quieter and requires less maintenance, but the diesel powered engine provides more torque.
Inboard/outboard motors are, as the name suggests, are a combination of the other two types. The engine itself is housed inside the boat, and a shaft, with a propeller or two, protrudes from the rear of the watercraft. These engine types also come in gas and diesel, but both fuels provide similar performance.
Lastly, there are jet drives. Like you see on most jet skis, not to mention what gives them their name, a jet motor shoots pressurized water from a spout on the rear of the vehicle, pushing it along the water. These engines are widely regarded as more safe for humans and marine life, as there aren’t any whirling metal propellers. That being said, the water jet can still cause damage, so it would be best to avoid coming into contact with the pressurized spray.
Despite the unfamiliar, and often confusing, façade that recreational boating displays to people unfamiliar with it, the pastime is growing more popular. With Used Boat Motors’ further encouragement, they hope to see the boating community continue to swell.
About Used Boat Motors:
Used Boat Motors provides industry insight, as well as helpful tips and advice for the boating community, on their website UsedBoatMotors.net