Outboard motors offer a great way to get around the water, providing great power at a reduced weight. At Alaska Mining & Diving, we have a great selection of outboard motors for sale that will be an amazing addition to your boat. Our staff will help you pick the right one for you at our store in Anchorage, AK!
As you start browsing the market for the perfect outboard motor, there’s a lot to consider. It’s important to choose the right option for your boat so you can have the level of power and performance you need on the water. Alaska Mining and Diving Supply has created this helpful guide to choosing the right outboard motor. When you’re ready to check out some models, swing by our dealership in Anchorage, AK.
Before you can think about choosing a particular brand, you’ll need to determine a few other factors. First, do you need a 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine? You’ll find that most people suggest a 4-stroke but this isn’t always the best choice. There are some key differences between the two. For starters, four-stroke outboard motors burn straight gas via cylinder, which circulates lubricating oil through a separate system. During this process, the gas never mixes with the oil unless there’s a breakdown.
The more traditional 2-stroke option uses a mix of gas and oil that’s received by the carburetor or injector directly into the cylinder via the intake valve. Here, the exhaust valve is open and 20 percent of the fuel escapes unburned. The more modern option is the 2-stroke direct-fuel-injection engine, which sprays fuel into the cylinder with precision timing as the piston covers the exhaust valve, so no fuel is lost. Both the DFI 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard motors provide great fuel economy that has significantly improved since the traditional 2-stroke models.
The next choice you’ll have to make is whether to buy one or two motors. You’ll mostly see a dual setup in offshore fishing applications. Many users go with this option because they worry about losing an engine at sea. Additionally, the dual setup makes it easier to dock your boat since the engines have propellers that rotate in opposite directions. Keep in mind that you’ll pay more upfront for this setup. When choosing between one or two outboard motors, the main concern is often the price. If you can afford a dual setup, go for it. If you prefer simplicity and a more affordable option, one engine will do just fine.
Lastly, you’ll want to think about the size of your outboard motor. Size does matter in some instances, but it’s important to understand that there have been some amazing strides since the early days when a smaller motor automatically translated to disappointment. Now, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean worse. Your best bet is to go with the maker’s maximum rating. You don’t want to underpower your boat and end up with lackluster performance on the water.
Ready to explore outboard motors for sale? Visit our dealership today! Alaska Mining and Diving Supply is conveniently located in Anchorage, AK.