One of the discussion topics that takes up a considerable amount of time in the boating community is outboard vs. inboard motors. How a boater powers their boat is a real hot-button issue—and everyone has an opinion. Fortunately, Crownline offers outstanding selections for both inboard- and outboard-powered vessels, so there’s something for you no matter where you stand on the boat-engine debate. Today, we’re outlining the advantages of outboard motors. So, whether you’re here to learn or just reaffirm your engine bias, here are some of the best things about outboards.


More Space



Most boats with outboard engines provide more space than boats with inboard engines. Inboard boats have come a long way in the past few years as designers (especially Crownline’s) have begun to accommodate the sterndrive to provide passengers with more space to move around and get comfortable. But, generally speaking, outboard boats have more room and are typically better suited for entertaining and larger groups.


Lower Maintenance



Outboard motors are more accessible and require less maintenance than inboards. They don’t need to be winterized, and you don’t have to raise the boat to access the engine. Generally, outboard motors are easier and cheaper to maintain.


Better Draft

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Being able to explore every part of the water is a great part of boating. Thanks to a shallow draft, outboard engines allow you to cruise more shallow waters—an important benefit when fishing, dropping anchor to swim, or while entertaining. It also helps you avoid the misery of pushing a stuck boat out of the shallows.


More Efficient Power



Pound for pound, outboards deliver more power and speed than inboards. Outboard boats are several hundred pounds lighter, and less weight means your boat is faster, easier to tow, and more fuel efficient.


Better Fuel Economy



Outboards offer much better fuel economy with fewer gallons per hour and more miles per gallon.


Faster Performance


Outboards are typically faster to plane, deliver better 0-to-30 MPH acceleration, and offer a greater top speed.


Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke

If we’ve convinced you to outfit your boat with an outboard, there’s another choice to make: Two-stroke or four-stroke. Here are some things to consider:


  1. Size – Four-stroke engines are larger than two-stroke engines. This means they take up more space and are heavier to tow.


  1. Fuel Economy & Longevity – Four-strokes have better fuel economy. They provide more miles per gallon and usually last longer. Four-strokes also put out less emissions and are better for the environment.


  1. Speed – Two-stroke engines are faster than their four-stroke counterparts. They offer double the power since there are twice as many strokes per rev.


  1. Repairs – Four-strokes require more maintenance including oil changes. However, they almost always last longer than two-stroke engines.

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When deciding between a two-stroke and four-stroke outboard engine, you’ll need to determine how you’ll be using your boat. If you want more power and speed, two-stroke motors are your best bet. If you value fuel efficiency and longevity, choose a four-stroke.