Discover the difference between the three main motor types

With a lot of terminology out there, it can be hard to be sure you know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase your next boat. At Hagadone Marine Group, we understand wading through the industry vocabulary can get tricky, especially for first-time boat owners. Our job is to make the process as easy and painless as possible for you!

One big distinction between boats is the type of motor. Generally, powerboats can have one of three kinds: an inboard motor, an outboard motor or an inboard/outboard motor.

So what do those mean?

Inboard:
A true inboard motor will be mounted at mid-ship, and will rely on a separate rudder to enable steering. They generally produce little wake and have a low center of gravity. These are less common in smaller recreational boats because they require a large box in the middle of the boat to house, and they can be costly to produce.

Outboard:
Outboard motors are generally the most popular because their high mounting position makes them easy to access. They can be tilted completely out of the water when not in use, which makes these motors easy to service or swap out for a larger model, if needed. However, these motors leave less room at the back of the boat to enter the water.

Inboard/outboard:
These are the most popular for sport boats and motors boats. Inboard/outboard motors (or I/O) are generally tucked under the swim platform. While these motors provide lots of room for swim ladders or water sports, they can be harder to access and maintain.

The good news is that any boat maintenance professional will have the proper tools and knowledge to fix most any problem that could crop up.

Have questions about your motor? Give our team a call or stop by today!

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