Most call them ‘outboards’, some call them ‘outboard motors’, and a rare few call them ‘outboard engines’, but what are these enigmatic beasts sitting on our transoms?
You can make a case for any or all these names, but which one’s right? We’ll go through some arguments for and against each one, to see if we can come up with a definitive answer!
Table of Contents
It's an Engine!
It's a Motor!
Maybe it's Just an Outboard...
- an engine (or motor if you’re so inclined)
- transmission (gears)
- steering mechanism (tiller or electric controls)
- drive mechanism (propeller or pump-jet)
- cooling system
- casing/housing (cowling and leg)
- fuel tank (sometimes)