How to Choose an Outboard Motor for your Boat

brpmanila | Aug. 22, 2020, 8:39 a.m.

Owning a motorboat gives you free and unlimited access to the open water. For those who nurture a love for adventure, a motorboat of your own will allow you to fully enjoy aquatic activities such as racing, fishing and waterskiing. There are various types of motorboat available, which makes choosing one to suit your need a little tough. Here are some factors you need to consider when purchasing a boat:

Outboard motor
The outboard motor provides both propulsion and steering control to a boat while out on the water. It is available in two types:
  • 2-stroke engine – This features a lightweight engine structure that delivers a high-power reaction. One combustion revolution is completed by two engine strokes in a short period of time. Though maintenance is still necessary for this engine, its basic functionality makes it affordable and easy to fix.
  • 4-stroke engine – Also known as an internal combustion (IC) engine, the 4-stroke engine features a single cycle composed of 4 different strokes of phases of the piston, which includes the intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. The engine is heavier and requires more maintenance, but overall, its functionality is more reliable. Evinrude Philippines offers motorboats equipped with 4-stroke engines, as distributed by BRP Manila.

What Is Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)?
Direct fuel injection (DFI) refers to a fuel delivery system in which air and gasoline are combined within a cylinder and compressed using a piston. Power is produced by igniting the mixture with a spark. This technology allows the engine to use less fuel and generate low emissions. DFI can be applied to both 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines.

What Is Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)?
Electronic fuel injection (EFI) is a fuel delivery system in which fuel is directly mixed into every cylinder’s approaching air to prevent it from reaching the intake valve. The fuel spray helps cool the intake valve to strengthen evaporation before it arrives in the combustion chamber. A spark plug will then be ignited by the fuel and air mixture. Like DFI, EFI offers low-emission technology and consumes less fuel. Fuel priming is not necessary for EFI.

How much horsepower do I need for my motorboat engine?
Typically, it is better to install the maximum horsepower for your outboard motor, especially if it is recommended by the boat’s manufacturer. This will tend to give you higher speed and will provide you a great control over slow speeds and bumpy waters.

Knowing how you will use your motorboat is also important to consider when deciding how much horsepower you should get. For water activities, high power speeds are ideal. Should you require more help in choosing the best features for your boat, suppliers like Evinrude offer hands-on assistance and expert advice.

What size outboard motor do I need?
Generally, a bigger size is better for an outboard motor, but the ideal size will depend on the requirements and function of the boat. You may also seek assistance from the vessel’s manufacturer to determine a suitable size and weight of motor for your boat.

BRP Manila supplies a range of Evinrude Philippines powersports vessels. For questions and inquiries regarding the company’s products, call (02) 941-0018 or (0917) 255-5311.