Navigating the Waters: Outboard vs. Inboard Motors - The Suzuki Advantage

Posted by Carolien Henn on Sep 27, 2023 2:32:47 PM

Inboard VS Outboard

When it comes to powering your boat, the age-old debate between outboard and inboard motors continues to fuel discussions among boating enthusiasts. The main difference is that outboard motors are mounted externally on the back of the boat while inboards are built-in inside the boat.

Each option has its own set of advantages and considerations, making the choice between them a pivotal decision for boat owners. In this article, we'll delve into the benefits of outboard motors and explore what sets Suzuki outboards apart in the world of marine engines.


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The Outboard Advantage


Maneuverability and Versatility: Outboard motors are mounted on the transom, providing unmatched maneuverability. They can be easily tilted, turned, and lifted out of the water, making them ideal for navigating shallow waters, avoiding obstacles, and ensuring hassle-free docking.

It's also possible to lift the propellers out of the water completely, making storage a breeze and preventing growth when docked in the water. Replacing the outboard or repowering your boat is also relatively easy.


Easy Maintenance: Maintenance is a breeze with outboard motors. Most of the critical components are easily accessible, simplifying routine checks and repairs. Suzuki outboards, in particular, are designed for durability and reliability, reducing the frequency of maintenance. Especially, with advancements like Suzuki's maintenance-free timing chain and cost-effective parts, Suzuki engines are affordable to maintain. Inboards require a lot of effort to access and repair, which can be expensive. 


Weight Distribution: Placing the motor at the stern of the boat enhances weight distribution, helping to prevent issues like porpoising (when the bow repeatedly rises and falls). This results in a smoother ride and better control, especially in choppy waters.


Fuel Efficiency: Traditionally inboards were believed to be lighter on fuel as this engine is based on the technology of motor vehicles. Once again Suzuki outboards ticked this box with our Lean Burn Technology 

that optimizes and reduces both fuel consumption and costs, delivering, under specific conditions, a better air/fuel ratio and greater fuel savings


Space Maximization: Outboard motors free up space within the boat, creating more room for passengers and cargo. This is particularly advantageous for smaller boats or those designed for specific activities like fishing.

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Running hours: Outboard motors have significantly advanced since the claim was made that inboard motors tend to outlast them. Suzuki prioritizes durability and proudly offers outboards that are reliable and with proper maintenance and service can reach thousands of hours. 


Quiet operation

In the past, it was commonly believed that inboard motors were quieter than outboard motors. However, with Suzuki's Quiet Operation technology, this theory is now outdated. You can now easily hold a conversation with your crew on your boat while running your Suzuki outboard motor.


High Power-to-Weight Ratio: Suzuki outboards are celebrated for their power-to-weight ratio, meaning they pack a lot of power in a relatively lightweight package. This results in faster acceleration and impressive top speeds.




In conclusion, the choice between outboard and inboard motors ultimately depends on your boating preferences and needs. However, Suzuki outboards offer a compelling advantage with their advanced technology, fuel efficiency, and commitment to environmental responsibility. Whether you're exploring calm lakes or tackling challenging offshore conditions, Suzuki outboard motors are designed to deliver a powerful and dependable boating experience that keeps you confidently cruising the waters.


Draw your conclusion now that the facts are on the table. We hope to see you at your nearest Suzuki Marine dealership soon!


Topics: Boating Lifestyle