Choosing a Mercury Outboard For Your Boat
Rewind to almost 80 years ago, which was when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer had a unique idea that eventually evolved into the Mercury Marine we know today. It wasn’t long before his idea exploded and Mercury Marine began manufacturing high-quality outboard motors. The business has never stopped growing since then. These outboards offer a long list of impressive features like maximum performance, low emissions, and low consumption.
2-Stroke or 4-Stroke?
There is often a debate about whether to choose a 2-stroke or 4-stroke outboard for your boat. Many people will tell you right off the bat that 4-stroke is the way to go and that might be the best option in some cases. Let’s break it down. First of all, 4-stroke outboards burn straight gasoline via a cylinder that circulates lubricating oil through an entirely separate system. At no point in the process does the gas mix with the oil, unless there’s an unwanted breakdown.
On the other hand, traditional 2-strokes received their mix of oil and gas via carburetor or injector into the cylinder through an intake valve. During this process, the exhaust valve would also be open and a whopping 20 percent of the fuel would escape unburned. Now let’s consider 2-stroke DFI or direct-fuel-injection engines. In this scenario, the fuel is sprayed directly into the cylinder with careful precision timing as the piston covers the exhaust valve so there is no fuel loss. In conclusion, DFI 2-strokes and 4-strokes both offer fuel economy that has improved tremendously since the traditional 2-strokes.
One Motor or Two?
Another common debate is whether you should have one or two motors on your boat. For the most part, you’ll see dual motors in offshore fishing applications. Many people choose this route because they worry about losing an engine at sea. Dual motors also make docking much easier since the engines have propellers that revolve in opposite directions. Keep in mind that you’ll pay more money upfront for this kind of setup. The main factor at play is the cost. If you have a budget that allows for a dual motor setup, it might be worth considering. If it’s simplicity you prefer then one motor will do just fine.
How Big of a Motor Should I Get?
In most cases, bigger usually means better. There has been a lot of improvement from the early days when smaller motors almost always lead to disappointment. Nowadays, size still matters but smaller doesn’t necessarily mean trouble. By the same token, it’s still important to remember that you never want to under-power your boat. You won’t be able to enjoy the performance potential if you don’t have the proper power in your motor choice. It’s generally a good idea to go with the maker’s maximum rating. If you plan to sell your boat later down the line, buyers might caution away from boats with smaller and less powerful motors.
Here at Sunset Marine in El Cajon, CA, we know the importance of choosing a strong and reliable outboard for your boat, which is why we are delighted to carry a wide variety of Mercury outboard motors to our customers. We’re conveniently located near La Mesa and San Diego, CA. Give us a call or stop by today so one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members can assist you in finding the right Mercury outboard motor for your boat.