100-200 HP Complete Outboard Boat Engines
You have many options when it comes to choosing a complete outboard boat engine. At this level of horsepower, you can power your way through choppier waters as well as boat in lakes and calm waters. Depending on your boat, you could use one larger engine or two smaller twin engines, making sure to always stay within the recommended HP as indicated on your boats capacity plate.What types of outboards are there?
- Two-stroke outboard motors: With these motors, there is a compression and then an explosion stroke. A specific mixture of oil and gas is required to stay lubricated. Generally, these outboards are smaller and lighter.
- Four-stroke outboard motors: The movement in these engines consists of a compression stroke, a return, an exhaust stroke, and another return. Typically, these motors are more fuel-efficient. Whether youre doing marine or fresh-water boating, it is important to keep up with regular oil changes.
There are many companies that make outboard engines, some of which are the following:
- Shaft length: It is important to select an outboard engine with the right shaft length for your transom.
- Fuel efficiency: Whether youre going with Yamaha, Mercury, Evinrude, or another brand, read up to see what miles per gallon you can expect.
- Start system: Electric start is convenient to have on a boat for starting an outboard motor quickly.
- Power trim and tilt: Most outboard motors of this size will have power trim and tilt, giving you assistance when you need to change the angle or pull the outboard out of the water.
- Power thrust: This gives you bursts of power when your boat needs it most, like when going in reverse, steering around an object, or steering through heavy winds or currents.
When the weather changes, it is important to take steps to protect the integrity of your engine. If youre planning on taking a break from marine or freshwater, one option is to use up all of the fuel in the engine and store the motor with an empty tank. You could also follow these basic steps, making sure you understand what exact procedure would be best for your engine:
- Change the fuel-water separator filter element if you have one.
- Fill your tank to about 95% capacity and add fuel stabilizer, using the directions on the container.
- Run the engine for about 15 minutes to get the stabilized fuel into the lines, carburetors, and filters.
- Use antifreeze that has been specifically made for boats. You can follow the directions on the antifreeze bottle to make sure it gets circulated properly.
- Use fogging oil to get anticorrosive coating on the insides of the cylinders and outboard engine.