Outboard motor

An outboard motor is a propulsion system for boats, consisting of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller or jet drive, designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom. They are the most common motorized method of propelling small watercraft. As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control, as they are designed to pivot over their mountings and thus control the direction of thrust. The skeg also acts as a rudder when the engine is not running. Unlike inboard motors, outboard motors can be easily removed for storage or repairs.

In order to eliminate the chances of hitting bottom with an outboard motor, the motor can be tilted up to an elevated position either electronically or manually. This helps when traveling through shallow waters where there may be debris that could potentially damage the motor as well as the propeller. If the electric motor required to move the pistons which raise or lower the engine is malfunctioning, every outboard motor is equipped with a manual piston release which will allow the operator to drop the motor down to its lowest setting.

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Bill Moeller Commentary: A Rather Cool August Day Well Spent

The Centralia Chronicle 15 Aug 2019
It’s quite a drive. We logged over 65 miles on his odometer, and that was only the trip home! But was it worth it? How worthwhile is it spending an hour or two paddling around in a lake that has absolutely no summer houses, no outboard motors making noise, waves, and fumes and — in our visit — hardly a dozen people on the shore — all fishing ... •••....

A Visit to the World’s Tiniest Nation

The Atlantic 15 Aug 2019
On Christmas Eve of 1966, Paddy Roy Bates, a retired British army major, drove a small boat with an outboard motor seven miles off the coast of England into the North Sea. He had sneaked out of his house in the middle of the night, inspired with a nutty idea for a perfect gift for his wife, Joan ... He later named it Sealand and deemed it Joan’s ... ....

'Incredibly curious' leopard seal Owha returns to Auckland

TVNZ 14 Aug 2019
By Amy Williams of rnz.co.nz ... "It's such a unique situation ... Mr Carr said in the last three weeks, the leopard seal had destroyed three outboard motors at Herald Island after biting holes in stationary inflatable dinghies. The boating club advised its members to use their outboard motors because the disturbance chased Owha away ... ....

Lake of the Woods is shrinking

Bemidji Pioneer 13 Aug 2019
ANGLE INLET, Minn ... Dead Man’s Portage. Monkey Rocks Reef. Devil’s Gap ... In the era before cell phones and GPS navigation, when an open boat with a 25-horsepower outboard motor was the standard mode of travel, Lake of the Woods was a beautiful but dangerous place, and exploring more than a few miles beyond your base of operations was difficult ... ....

'A David and Goliath battle': Police inflatable stops environmental disaster in Auckland wind

TVNZ 13 Aug 2019
By Gill Bonnett of rnz.co.nz. A maritime police officer has described the David and Goliath battle as he stopped a 200-tonne ferry from slamming into an Auckland wharf, from a 12-metre inflatable boat ... Martime police towed the 200-tonne ferry to safety. Source. Maritime Police ... It's got twin 225 outboard [motors] on the back ... ....

What lies at the bottom of lakes? Minnesota scuba diver has found a boatload of ...

Grand Forks Herald 12 Aug 2019
Blame it all on “Sea Hunt,” a popular TV show in the late 1950s and early ‘60s ... “I grew up watching that show,” he says. “We had a cabin on Roy Lake by Mahnomen ... His favorite treasure is a 1916 Evinrude outboard boat motor he salvaged from the bottom of Deadshot Bay ... He also has two vintage Sears & Roebuck Waterwitch outboard motors ... ....

Army troops improvise rescue boats amid flooding

Deccan Herald 11 Aug 2019
As the regimental centre (a training station) prepared to deploy, it found that all it had available for job were a few aluminum boats with outboard motors plus rubber boats with pedals, called BAPs or chappus, which are used for crossing canals, according to a source....

Thin things

Gettysburg Times 10 Aug 2019
But it was another story with a number of our camp staples. Take towels ... Outboard motors are bigger these days too ... “A man doesn’t know what trouble is, until he gets himself a woman or an outboard motor,” remarked an old-timer ... But I miss the days when I could repair our old 10 horsepower motor myself, just by changing the thin little sheer pin ... .......

Yamaha Motor Reveals Rise in Consolidated Sales

The Marshall News Messenger 08 Aug 2019
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd ... Marine business net sales rose 6.4% thanks to an increase in outboard motor, water vehicle and sports boat sales in North America and Europe ... For 2019, Yamaha Motor forecasts a 1.8% decrease in net sales to 1,670.0 billion yen, with operating income expected to fall 6.0% to 125.0 billion yen ... About Yamaha Motor ... Yamaha Motor....

Suspected smuggling boat capsizes off Imperial Beach, near Mexican border

The Los Angeles Times 07 Aug 2019
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. —  ... The small craft with an outboard motor was reported capsized a little after 8 p.m. north of the Imperial Beach Pier, in the surf off Daisy Avenue near Dunes Park, Deputy Christopher Allen told OnScene TV ... Advertisement ... California. ....

Okemos man recounts bath-tub trip across Lake Michigan in new book

Detroit news 05 Aug 2019
What came next is the stuff of legend ... (Photo. Nick King, AP) ... 24, 1969, in a 250-pound cast iron tub fitted with a 20 horsepower outboard motor and buoyed by empty oil drums ... After that, a marine company donated a motor ... As he motored slowly toward shore, he realized he was in complete darkness without lights and at risk for being hit by other boats....

Okemos man recounts trip across Lake Michigan in new book

Macomb Daily 04 Aug 2019
What came next is the stuff of legend ... 24, 1969, in a 250-pound cast iron tub fitted with a 20 horsepower outboard motor and buoyed by empty oil drums ... Foolish? Yes ... After that, a marine company donated a motor ... He didn't ... As he motored slowly toward shore, he realized he was in complete darkness without lights and at risk for being hit by other boats....

'Miracle Molly' 10 years later: Moses wants to give back, advocate for water safety

Decatur Daily 04 Aug 2019
The vivid nightmares wash over Molly Moses almost every night now ... It’s like a tape on repeat, a horror movie.” ... -- ... The propeller of the outboard motor sliced through Molly Moses' left leg, right foot and hip ... In 1999, Alabama implemented the mandatory operator license, which set 14 as the minimum age to operate a motorized vessel without supervision....