Four Signs You Want an Inboard Motor Instead of an Outboard Motor

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If you are buying a boat, you have to make a number of decisions, including choosing between an inboard motor and an outboard motor. There are pros and cons to both options, and ultimately, the right option for you depends on your situation. Here are a few signs you should opt for an inboard motor:

1. You want to maximise space on the boat.

An outboard motor basically hangs off the end of the boat, and some of it takes up room inside the boat. In contrast, an inboard motor has the motor tucked into the stern. This leaves more room open in the boat for extra passengers and other items. If you want to maximise space, you may need an inboard motor.

2. You are experienced at steering boats, especially at low speeds.

In most cases, boats with outboard motors are easier to steer. This is particularly true at low speeds. In these cases, the internal skeg and directional thrust of the outboard motor help you to navigate it easily without a lot of power. In contrast, steering the inboard motor in these conditions may be more challenging.

However, if you are an experienced boat driver, you should be able to meet this challenge. In addition, many people make it easier to steer an inboard motor by opting for a boat that has a joystick on the turning controls.

3. You don't mind working on the motor through a small hatch.

Outboard motors tend to be relatively easy to access when they need work. For example, if the boat is in storage, you can stand inside it and access the outboard motor easily. Similarly, you could also stand on the outside of the boat to reach the motor.

With an inboard motor, in contrast, the motor isn't as easy to reach if you need to do a repair. As it's in the stern, you typically have to try to reach it through a small hatch. If you don't mind that or if you always get your boat professionally serviced, that should work fine for you.  

4. You want to protect your motor from damage.

Although it can be challenging to reach into inboard motor for repairs, that same trait also helps to protect it. In particular, because the inboard motor is tucked away, it isn't exposed to as much damage as an outboard motor may be. In particular, if another boat collides with your boat, an outboard motor may be more likely to get damaged than an inboard motor.


1 September 2016

Motor Sports and Equipment for Beginners and Kids

Hi, my name is Danny. I have been a keen supporter of motor sports for years. I've ridden for fun as well as in a few competitive races. Now, unfortunately, I don't get to ride as much as I like. I am busy running a graphic design company and chasing my two kids and a dog. However, I know that my little ones are quickly getting old enough to explore the world of motor sports with me. To prepare, I decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to post on everything you need to get a child interested in motor sports, and I may include a few posts on motor sport accessories and ideas for the adult beginner as well.