Strange Outboard Problems (And how to fix them)
Today’s outboard motor is a completely different beast than those of yesteryear. And it’s no wonder – remember the days when you could fix a car with a set of wrenches, a screw driver, and pliers? Today, if you don’t have a computer you may as well forget about... Read more
More New Outboard News: Yamaha F115 is Lighter, Quieter, More Efficient
  Since its introduction in 1999, the Yamaha F115 was always a sweetheart of an outboard. There are an awful lot of people running around out there with an F115 on their boats, and the vast majority of them love that outboard. But technology marches on, and Yamaha, never... Read more
Why Get Electric Start in a Small Outboard?
I used to think it was just plain wimpy to get an outboard of 25-hp or less, and use an electric starter instead of the good old pull-cord. Maybe it was just a matter of youthful pride, maybe I was just pig-headed, or maybe I just didn’t know better,... Read more
New Outboard Engines: Evinrude Breaks the Mold
Outboard engines went through a major-league change, when modern four-strokes hit the market (See Outboard Smack-Down: Two-stroke versus Four for more on the topic). They became more fuel-efficient, more reliable, quieter, and better in just about every way – except weight. Evinrude kept flying the two-stroke banner, with direct-injected... Read more
Joystick Control, for Outboard Boats?
Why not? We’ve become used to seeing joysticks in pod drive applications on boats in the 30-foot-plus range, and anyone who’s used these systems knows they make docking a breeze. But on an outboard boat, joysticks are a relatively new application. During the past year I’ve had the chance... Read more
The Triple Outboard Engine Craze – Is it Crazy?
The knee-jerk reaction to this question is, invariably, yes – putting triple outboards on the transom of your boat surely seems nuts. But almost everyone follows up this admission by laughing and then pointing out that they love running or riding on one of these super-juiced fishing machines. More... Read more
When it comes to small outboards in the 2.5 to 25 horsepower range, you have a lot of options to choose from. How will you know which outboard is the best for you? Luckily, there are a few key items to look for. WEIGHT – this is a biggie, because... Read more
Both two-stroke and four-stroke outboard engines have, as a rule, come a darn long way in the past decade or so. We used to have to deal with smelly, noisy, unreliable engines that took the pleasure right out of running your boat. But today’s outboards, be they new-tech two-strokes... Read more