WHAT OUTBOARD WOULD WORK FOR YOU?
I wish the answer was straight forward, but of course it’s not.
What size boat have you got?
What activity do you plan on using your boat for?
Re-Power or go new?
1. WHAT SIZE BOAT HAVE YOU GOT?
What size engine is your boat safely rated for?
a. Find the National Marine Manufacturing Association Certificate Plate or NMMA plate on the inside of the stern. This plate will let you know the horsepower of the largest engine you can safely use.
b. Figure out how many people and gear you plan on having on board. If the plate says a 120 horsepower engine is the largest you should use, then: 120 x 1.1 = 132, or a 130 Hp motor, since the horsepower of an outboard motor is rated in multiples of 10. This adds on 10% which will make the boat move more efficiently with a full load. If it’s just you, stick with the recommended HP.
Does My Boat Have Enough HP? -Allstate Blog-
2. WHAT ACTIVITY DO YOU PLAN ON USING YOUR BOAT FOR?
Do you plan on, wake-boarding, fishing, cruising, diving?
a. Wake-boarding: nice to get up to 18 to 24 mph.
b. Fishing: Deep water fishing under 30 miles out you will get away with 225-300 HP on a 24ft in 3 to 5 ft waves but if you plan on going any further out or you are in a place with 8 to 10 ft it is recommended to go with at least 36ft and 300hp or up engines.
c. Cruising: This is a tough one to answer, generally cruising type boats are inboards anyway but the same would apply to everything as to fishing boats.
d. Diving: My favorite. Rigid Inflatable Boat – RIB – twin 140hp on a 23ft can go 60mph.
3. SHOULD YOU BUY A USED OR NEW ENGINE?
Should I buy a new engine, re-power what I have or buy used?
a. Re-powering your current engine is always an option, what this usually means is you replace the wiring, if needed, change out the motor with the same HP or you can go up a little but not recommended to go to far over the boat size power limit.
b. If you love your boat, you plan on keeping it for another 5yrs or so and you’re having engine trouble, re-power would be a good way to go.
c. If you plan on keeping it longer than 5yrs, pay the extra $$$ and go new.
The Hull Truth Forum-Does it Make sense to repower
4. WHAT BRAND OF OUTBOARD?
I can see the fights breaking out now. Picking a brand of engine is like picking a sport team.
I dare not say what brand I have, but it starts with an M and I love it!!
a. Yeah, no this is too hard, you’re on your own with this one. Link below will help you figure it out.
10 Best Outboard Engines-Boats.com