Powered boats can be anything from a
Power boats are fun boats that are often used in racing and to convey people from larger boats standing off shore due to their size. Some are based upon the motor launches of military design – i.e.
A powerboat is usually less than 10 meters (about 33 feet) in
Inboard and outboard power units are in general terms motor vehicle engines that have been modified for use in boats. Inboard motors are built into the boat in an engine space and importantly vented to atmosphere to expel CO emissions, whereas outboard motors are mounted on the transom making them accessible, removable, and easier to keep maintained.
It is also far easier to replace an outboard motor in the event of acquiring an upgrade or simply to replace a broken motor
Outboards are also very important on a
NB. Always use specially designed fuel metal containers for storing
Fuel economy depends on the size, weight and usage of a boat, but you should get a lot of miles for your buck. Good marinas and fuel suppliers are widely available.
NB. Diesel motors are getting bad press now because of concerns about pollution. Jet propulsion
NB. We are not talking aero engines here folks!
Water is driven by pumps – using the principal that for every action there is a reaction. The main advantage being that there isn’t a propeller churning causing a risk to swimmers/scuba divers
Water jet have inboard motors, they funnel water into an impeller that thrusts the water out the back/stern, using a style nozzle the water out through a nozzle under pressure, steering is enabled by moving the nozzle.
Solar power is an area of growing interest, utilising the power of the sun to drive boats is growing apace, of course we have had renewables driving sail boats since Noah built the ark.
Electric power, there is a growing range of electricity powered boats with the advent of battery technology, plus solar panel technology, this is an area of interest as it becomes higher tech and easy to use and maintain, and pollution free.
Using non-fossil fuelled boats seems to be taking us back to the original clean seas going way of life, abusing nothing and leaving nothing behind, quite a profound thought.
Powered boats are fun, just as much as sailboats, and can be enjoyed to the full by amateur boaters on any waters be they inland or at sea. Before buying your power boat talk
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