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Are electric outboard motors any good?

Electric outboard motors are great. They are easy to setup, have lots of power, and use green energy.

Traditionally there a 4 types of boat engines that exist, the outboard engine, the inboard engine, the sterndrive engine, and the jet drive engine.

An outboard engine is named as such because the engine is outside the broad. It’s easy to control either using a foot pedal or a hand pedal that allows you to move from left to right using a handle.

An inboard engine is the same as an outboard but the engine is located inside the boat’s hull, making it quieter but doesn’t allow you to steer it using a handle instead you’d use a steering wheel.

A sterndrive engine is the most similar type of engine to car engines. It’s always mounted inside the boat but has a back propeller outside of the boat. These types of engines are a lot quieter and more fuel-efficient but costly to maintain in the long run.

Jet drive engines are the least maneuverable boat engines because it’s a water propulsion dependent engine. The steering is only possible with a water jet. It’s mostly used in faster boats.


  1. Outboard petrol motors

Outboard motors are easy to rig if you’re planning on modifying it, adding that maintenance is easy for most knowledgeable people.

The outboard engine is mounted on the transom of the boat, making the power source more compact and a bit easier to control and more usable in shallow waters.


  1. The most obvious inconvenient

The loudness of the motor is very inconvenient and is annoying you and your boat guests but may also scare fish away if you’re planning on fishing.

Gas consumption is bothersome because you may have to store extra gas on your boat, making it smellier and more dangerous not to talk about the eventual weekly fuel run to the gas station.

Outboard engines are not pretty to look at either for you or bystanders.

Since the whole engine unit is visible, it may ruin your boat’s image, whether a bay boat or even a skiff boat.


  1. The Green way

Electric outboard boat engines are the same as fuel-based outboard engines but instead of fuel, they use rechargeable batteries. There’s no question that electrical outboard motors are good for the environment but is this type of engine any good compared to its counterpart?

There are many qualities and advantages accompanied by the use of an electrical engine on your boat. The first and most obvious one is that fuel isn’t used at all, offering a good environmental alternative to power and a lack of smell a quietness that’s refreshing if you’re planning on spending quiet time out on the water.

Financially, replacing fuel with electrical is very economic, most batteries only take 5 to 6 hours of charge time and may last up to 10 hours when used efficiently. A solar recharge system is an option that should be considered by every buyer, it means that you have an unlimited source of power by the day.

Electrical engines are way more modern then fuel engines, they generally have displays that have a GPS, a speedometer, a range calculator, and a magnetic key that easily starts the motor instead of having to pull on a string to start your engine.

Electrical motors are more modern looking, light, and more compact, most of them are a one-piece light unit that’s easily removable and are better than their fuel-based counterparts since you don’t have to store emergency gas on your boat, in your truck or your house.

Contrary to what you might think, electrical outboard engines have a very decent battery life, lasting up to 8 hours a 3-knot speed in smaller engines. Technology keeps improving over time.

The biggest inconvenience in electrical outboard engines is the cost of it all. A decent electrical motor like the Torqeedo or the E-propulsion engines can easily cost up to 2300$, making it out of most fishermen’s price range, plus to avoid being stranded without a fully charged battery you’d have to buy more batteries (each may cost 600$) and solar panel installation.

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