Choosing an Outboard Motor

Mercury Marine Outboard Motor

Choosing an Outboard Motor

When you start browsing the market for an outboard motor for your boat, there are many aspects to consider. After all, you want to be certain you’re making the right choice in order to receive your boat’s full performance potential. Fortunately for you, there’s no shortage of industry-leading brands to choose from these days. You’ll want to think about a few key points, which we’ve gathered below.

Here at Ray Clepper Boating Center, we’re proud to carry a wide selection of outboard motors for sale. Give us a call or swing by our dealership so we can help you find the one that’s right for you! Our dealership proudly serves Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville, Augusta, Charleston, Chapin, and Lexington, South Carolina.


2-Stroke vs. 4-Stroke Outboard Motors


Before you can choose a particular brand, you’ll want to decide on a few other aspects. For example, you’ll need to pick between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard motor. Oftentimes, people will tell you right off the bat that you should go with the 4-stroke option. While this might be the right choice in some cases, there are some notable differences between the two models. For starters, the four-stroke option burns straight gas through a cylinder that circulates lubricating oil through a separate system. As this happens, the gas is never mixed with oil unless your motor is experiencing some kind of breakdown.

When it comes to the more traditional 2-stroke option, the mixture of oil and gas is received by carburetor or injector directly into the cylinder through an intake valve. While this is happening, the exhaust valve is also open and 20 percent of the fuel escapes unburned. You can also consider a 2-stroke direct fuel injection outboard motor. These engines spray fuel right into the cylinder with precision timing as the piston covers the exhaust valve. As a result, no fuel is lost. In conclusion, the DFI 2-stroke and 4-stroke models both provide great fuel economy, which has also significantly improved since the traditional 2-stroke motors.


Size Options


It’s not uncommon for boaters to automatically associate big with better when it comes to engine size. While this is true in some cases, it’s worth noting that there’s been quite a bit of improvement since the early days when small motors almost always led to disappointment. Nowadays, size still matters in certain aspects, but small doesn’t automatically mean trouble. It’s also important to remember that you surely don’t want to under-power your boat. This will prevent you from enjoying the full potential of all your boat has to offer. If you’re not sure where to land as far as size goes, you can follow the maker’s maximum rating. Don’t forget that if you plan to sell your boat later on, buyers might avoid boats with smaller and less powerful engines.

When you’re ready to check out some exceptional outboard motors, be sure to visit us at Ray Clepper Boating Center. We’re conveniently located near Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville, Augusta, Charleston, Chapin, and Lexington, South Carolina.


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