It’s a good idea to protect your outboard motor with a durable and high ability outboard motor stand. This type of stand is used to mount and vehicle your outboard motor for your convenience. The stand is basically made up of wheels and a cart that can be installed before delivery, or you can install it yourself.

How beneficial is it?

Outboard Boat

Aside from easy vehicle of outboard motor, a stand is also used to help drain water from your boat by retention it upright. It also keeps water away from the engine and other mechanical parts of your boat.

safe Your Outboard Motor with an Outboard Motor Stand

Want to customize your boat? A stand is also great for propping it up so you can print your designs on the boat. Finally, an outdoor motor stand can also help you accumulate your boat and keep it protected against possible theft and break-ins. You don’t want to leave your boat lying nearby in your shed, right? You can accumulate your boat to the stand and keep it locked away in a safe place.

How to buy

There are basically two kinds of stands for your outboard motor. These are:

Standard – The acceptable type can hold an outboard motor that weighs up to 485 pounds and up to 135 horsepower.

Large – This is made for large outboard motors and can hold for up to 900 pounds and up to 300 horsepower.

When looking to buy an outboard motor stand, make sure to pick a stand that has pneumatic air tires with stainless steel castors for easier and glide-like movement. These kinds of tires also make traveling over asphalt, grass, concrete, and even light gravel possible and easier. Finally pick a stand that comes with a mounting board that you can place your logo through silk screen.

safe Your Outboard Motor with an Outboard Motor Stand


30 years ago American manufacturers dominated the outboard motor market.Names such as Mercury, Johnson, Evinrude and Chrysler, led the field contentious with each other to furnish bigger and good outboard engines. However, while this was going on they were neglecting the smallest of the outboards. These are the outboard motors that sell in the many of numbers and are often the first outboard many of us, buy. This being the case many of us stick to the same brand (brand loyalty) as we buy other bigger outboards over the years. The Japanese seized on this fact and moderately Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Tohatsu concentrating on small outboards began to take over as shop leaders. They achieved this domination by improving efficiency and reliability. As well as adding features to these small outboards previously only found on larger engines.

Having achieved success in the small outboard market, these Japanese manufacturers extensive up the power range. They again came to dominate the outboard motor shop up to at least 20 hp. The American manufacturers instead of contentious with the Japanese, gave up and decided to buy these engines from the Japanese and badge them as their own. Now the Chinese have entered the market. Basically doing what the Japanese did previously, copying the best features of the gift engines and at the same time holding costs down.

Outboard Boat

So let us compare the outboards that are on offer for those seeing for an outboard motor for their dinghy. If we take a fairly larger dinghy say, a Pioner 12, so that each outboard has to push a reasonably heavy weight through the water. If we then take the following outboard motors :

selecting an Outboard Motor For Your Dinghy

Mercury 2.5hp; Mercury 3.5hp; Mariner 2.5hp; Tohatsu 3.5hp; Yamaha 2.5hp; Suzuki 2.5hp; Honda 2.3hp; and a Parsun 2.6hp. All these outboards are 4 stroke engines. This is due to an E.U. Directive that prevents 2 strokes from being sold in the E.U. These outboards will furnish a fairly wide range of engines available on the market, for powering dinghies.

To judge one motor against the another several tests were completed. A Bollard pull test showed that the Mercury 3.5hp and Tohatsu 3.5hp were the most superior at 90lbs of thrust (These two engines along with the Mariner are virtually identical). The least effective was the Honda 2.3hp at 66lbs of thrust. In in the middle of were the Suzuki 2.5hp at 83lbs of thrust, the Yamaha 2.5hp at 78lbs of thrust and the Parsun 2.6hp at 70 lbs of thrust.

Next test was Fuel Consumption. At full speed – 5.75 knots, the best outboards were the Yamaha 2.5hp and the Suzuki 2.5hp by at least 20%. The worst was the Parsun 2.6hp. When the throttles were eased and the dinghy was cruising the Fuel Consumption comparison was less evident, only about 10% difference. All these figures are for 4 stroke engines. However, based on figures previously recorded for 2 strokes under similar circumstances, the older engines were up to 50% less fuel effective at full speed. Very thirsty! Remember 2 stroke outboards are still available second hand.

Then the weight of each outboard motor was compared. Four stroke engines are heavier than older 2 strokes because of the powerhead etc. The Mercury, Mariner, Tohatsu, Yamaha and Parsun all weighed approx. 38 – 41 lbs (18 kg.). However, the Honda 2.3hp and Suzuki 2.5hp weighed a lot less at 28 lbs (12.5 kg.).

The price of each outboard motor was then compared. This was difficult to be precise as discounts and sale offers are always changing.

Mercury 3.5hp £449

Mercury 2.5hp £380

Mariner 2.5hp £429

Tohatsu 3.5hp £449

Yamaha 2.5hp £489

Suzuki 2.5hp £379

Honda 2.3hp £429

Parsun 2.6hp £375

Although the Parsun was the cheapest and it is virtually identical the same motor as in the Yamaha 2.5hp, it is not as good. It is a bit like me following a Gordon Ramsay recipe, to the letter, but when compared side by side you just know that his is going to be that much better. The Chinese are able to copy, just like the Japanese did before them, but they have not got it right, yet!

Finally a microscopic about each outboard tested. The Mercury, Mariner and Tohatsu are the same engine. Starting settings for the throttle are easy to understand with the choke and stop button clearly labelled. The petrol on/off tap is not so clearly marked. All these motors have gears. Ahead and neutral then using the 360 degree rotation you can get astern thrust. There are 4 tilt positions and a shallow water ability. Oil levels can be as a matter of fact checked by viewing the indicator on the side of the motor cover.

The Yamaha 2.5hp also had as a matter of fact understood Starting and stopping settings but the oil level gauge was out of sight under the motor casing cover. As with the Mercury outboard the Yamaha 2.5hp has gears, ahead and neutral with 360 degree rotation. Unlike the Mercury which has a shear pin, the Yamaha has a rubber hub at the propeller, so no shear pin to break.

The Suzuki 2.5hp is as above but with the oil gauge as a matter of fact viewed at the side of the cover. The propeller has a shear pin with spares stowed under the motor cover.

The Honda 2.3hp is not water cooled like all the other outboards tested. It is aircooled and has no gears. Instead it uses a centrifugal clutch. This makes Starting and maneuvering more difficult than the others. It simply takes a bit of getting used to it. The oil gauge is out of sight under the cover. The propeller has a shear pin with spares kept under the motor cover.

Finally the Parsun 2.6hp, a copy of the Yamaha 2.5hp but not as good. Any way it is the cheapest motor when new. Fuel consumption was its biggest draw back.

selecting an Outboard Motor For Your Dinghy