As you begin your search for the perfect outboard motor, there are some key questions you’ll want to ask yourself. It’s important to feel confident that you’re buying an outboard motor that’s going to be a good fit for your boat. You need something that’s going to provide you with the right amount of power and performance on the water. Fortunately for you, there’s a wide range of options on the market today.

To start browsing, visit us at Norfolk Marine. We’re located near Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Hampton, VA. We also proudly serve Williamsburg and Cape Charles.

2-Stroke or 4-Stroke

You’ll be faced with a number of decisions when you shop for an outboard motor. Before you can decide on a brand, you’ll want to figure out some other things first. For starters, you’ll need to choose between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine. Right off the bat, many people will tell you to choose the 4-stroke option. This might be the correct choice in some cases, but it’s still critical to understand the key differences. Four-stroke models burn straight gas via cylinder, which circulates lubricating oil through an entirely separate system. As a result, the gasoline never mixes with the oil unless you’re experiencing a breakdown.

The more traditional 2-stroke outboard motor is a bit different. The mix of oil and gas is received via carburetor or injector directly into the cylinder through an intake valve. During this process, the exhaust valve is also open and 20 percent of the fuel escapes unburned. The more modern 2-stroke models utilize direction fuel injection. The fuel is sprayed into the cylinder with precision timing. The piston covers the exhaust valve, so no fuel is lost. In conclusion, both the DFI 2-stroke and 4-stroke models provide better fuel economy than traditional 2-stroke outboards.

Single or Dual Motors

Next, you’ll need to determine if you’ll be better suited with one or two motors. In offshore fishing applications, you’ll often find a dual setup. Many buyers prefer this option simply because they’re worried about losing a motor while they’re out at sea and becoming stranded. Dual motors also make it easier for you to dock your boat because the engines have propellers that rotate in opposite directions. Don’t forget that you’ll pay more upfront for this type of setup. It’s not uncommon for the cost to be a concern as you’re considering your options. However, if your budget allows for two outboard motors, then go for it. If you prefer simplicity and a more affordable setup, one motor will work fine.

Size Considerations

 We’re constantly led to believe that size matters. While this is often true, there are some exceptions. For example, in the early days, a smaller motor usually led to disappointment. Nowadays, size is still relevant in some aspects, but smaller doesn’t automatically mean trouble. You should be taking your boat into consideration here. After all, you certainly don’t want to underpower your boat. If you choose an outboard motor that’s not powerful enough for you to experience your boat’s full potential, you’re going to be disappointed with the outcome. Your best bet is to go with the maker’s maximum rating. If you try to sell your boat later in life, potential buyers might steer clear of something that has a less powerful motor.

You’re well on your way to buying an outboard motor that’s going to serve your purpose. If you need assistance in narrowing down your options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re also happy to assist with financing, parts, and service. Give us a call or stop by today! Norfolk Marine is conveniently located near Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Hampton, VA. We also proudly serve Williamsburg and Cape Charles.