Choosing an Outboard Motor

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How to Choose an Outboard Motor

A Guide From Statewide Marine in Waretown, NJ

As you begin your hunt for the perfect outboard motor, you’ll need to ask yourself some important questions so you can determine what type will suit you best. After all, this engine is going to power your boat when you hit the water, so you want to feel confident in your purchase. Luckily, there’s no shortage of options, especially when you shop with Statewide Marine in Waretown, NJ. We’ve got a wide selection of outboard motors for sale, so stop by today!

2-Stroke Vs. 4-Stroke

Before you get caught up browsing brands and models, there are some other details you’ll need to figure out first. For example, do you prefer a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke engine? Many people will go with a 4-stroke right off the bat. There are many scenarios where this is the best option, but it’s also critical to note the difference between the two options.

The 4-stroke model burns straight gas via cylinder, which circulates lubricating oil through a separate system. As this happens, the gas is never mixed with oil unless a problem occurs. With the traditional 2-stroke model, the mix of oil and gas is received by the carburetor or injector into the cylinder via the intake valve. During this process, the exhaust valve stays open and 20 percent of the fuel escapes unburned. The direct fuel injection models spray fuel into the cylinder with precision timing as the piston covers the exhaust so no fuel is lost. Both the DFI 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines provide superior fuel economy compared to the traditional models.

One or Two Motors

Another decision you’ll need to make is whether your boat should have one or two motors. For offshore fishing applications, a two-motor setup is common. Many boaters choose this because they’re worried about losing one at sea and becoming stranded. In addition, dual motors make it easier for you to dock since the engines have propellers that rotate in opposite directions. While a dual setup will cost more upfront, it’s up to you to decide if it’s a worthwhile investment. If you’re on a strict budget and want an affordable option, go with one. If you have some wiggle room when it comes to the cost of the outboard motor, go with two.

Size Considerations

Many people make the mistake of thinking that motor size automatically determines performance. While there might be some truth to this, it’s important to know that there have been notable improvements since the early days, when small motors often led to disappointment. Today, size still matters in some aspects, but just because a motor is small doesn’t mean it’ll be subpar. At the same time, you don’t want to underpower your vessel. If you do, you’ll never receive the full potential of your boat. Your best bet is to refer to the maker’s maximum rating for high-quality performance.

When you’re ready to start browsing outboard motors, be sure to visit us at Statewide Marine. We’re conveniently located in Waretown, NJ. Our staff would be happy to answer your questions and help you determine which option is right for you.


Contact Statewide Marine Today

We have been serving the needs of NJ boaters since 1992 and are dedicated to providing superior boating solutions. Contact us at (609) 693-9355, or stop in today.