3 Things you should know about your outboard motor

Many boat owners opt for an outboard motor because outboard motors have significant advantages (weight-to-power ratio, their relatively low cost and their ease of maintenance) – but as is the case for all equipment related to navigation, you should have some know-how. If you are the proud owner of a boat with an outboard motor, read on to find out more.

1 – Know the type of outboard motor available.

There are two types of outboard motor on the market: 2-stroke and 4-stroke. A 2-stroke engine will lubricate the fuel-oil mixture, while a 4-stroke engine will lubricate all parts of the engine through the oil pumped through the engine passages. 4-stroke engines are more common today thanks to their energy efficiency and their greater respect for the environment.

2 – Do not neglect the maintenance of the engine.

Salt water is corrosive and can cause parts of your boat to corrode if you do not maintain them properly. Make sure to respect the recommended maintenance and servicing periods, especially the anodes (prefer the original manufacturer’s anodes, which are more efficient).

3 – Check and rinse the engine after each use.

After going out to sea, flush your engine as much as possible, especially the cooling passages to increase the life of the engine. This will prevent the salt from accumulating.