2.3hp – 3.5hp Outboard Motors: Compact and Convenient
Weight: Less than 41 LBS
Common Uses: Canoes, folding boats, inflatable boats, Dinghys, small sailboats, pontoon boats
With their compact design, these outboard motors are the epitome of portability. Their main appeal lies in their simplicity and efficiency. Primarily designed for small watercraft, they often come with integral fuel tanks and user-friendly carrying handles. They are simple to maintain ,and the most affordable.
Speed Range: 5-10mph
Ideal for hulls less than 698lb and under 15 Feet for auxiliary or kicker motor applications
Lightweight, compact, and highly portable design
4hp – 6hp Outboard Motors: Enhancing Maneuverability
Weight: 52lbs -61lbs
Common Uses: Small inflatable boats (up to 11.5 FT), larger canoes, 8ft-11.5ft dinghies, and inflatables
These motors are specifically crafted for a range of applications. Their durability and enhanced maneuverability, courtesy of features like forward-neutral-reverse gears, make them a popular choice for boaters that require a lightweight yet powerful engine.
Speed Range: 10mph – 18mph with light load
Suited for gasoline trolling motors, sailboat power, and emergency auxiliary kicker motors
Lightweight and easy transportation
Robust construction with full forward-neutral-reverse gears
8hp – 9.9hp Outboard Motors: Small Yet Mighty
Weight: 81.5lbs – 130lbs
Common Uses: Inflatable boats (10ft – 15ft), aluminum boats (10ft – 15ft), sturdy canoes, portable folding boats, and light fiberglass boats (up to 15ft)
Boasting 2-cylinder designs, these motors offer improved performance, reduced vibrations, and efficient operation. Modern models in this range come packed with innovative features such as low oil pressure and overheating indicators, electric start, EFI, power trim, and power tilt, making them a trusted choice for many sailors. This size has a tiller or remote control option, allowing for more versatility.
Speed Range: 10mph- 18mph with light to moderate load
Optimal for gasoline trolling motors, sailboat power, and emergency auxiliary kicker motors
15hp - 30hp Outboard Motors: The Workhorse of the Sailor
Weight: 95lbs – 165lbs
Common Uses: Inflatable boats (10-18ft), aluminum fishing boats (12-18ft), jon boats (12-18ft), fiberglass boats (12-16ft), sail boats, and pontons
Designed primarily in 4-stroke configurations, these outboards are power-packed. The 2006 EPA regulations ensured that these engines are eco-friendly, emitting fewer pollutants and ensuring sustainable boating experiences. This size engine is perfect for most sailboats and small watercrafts.
Speed Range: 13mph – 25mph with moderate to heavy load
Best suited for river trolling, larger sailboats, and emergency/auxiliary/kicker applications
Equipped with state-of-the-art features, offering smoother operation and reduced vibrations