How To Buy The Perfect Outboard Motor

Twin Yamaha V6 Outboard Motors

Tips on Purchasing The Best Outboard Motor For Your Boat

A Guide From Eric's Outboard Marine Service in Miami, Florida

Looking to hit the water but don’t have the right kind of punch to pack behind your boat? That’s what Yamaha outboard motors are for. They’ll provide you with efficient, satisfying performance so all you have to do is think about what you’re going to do on your boat, rather than if your motor can handle the pressure. Eric’s Outboard Marine is the local expert for all things Yamaha outboards! Stop by our location in Miami, Florida, to browse our entire inventory.

Kids Splashing on Pontoon with Yamaha F75 Outboard


Yamaha didn’t become an industry leader in the marine world overnight. It began more than 50 years ago when two engineers started to work on the very first Yamaha marine engine, the P-7. During the two years it took to develop this model, the staff began to grow. The P-7 was officially released to the Japanese market in 1960. While this first attempt was far from perfect, it shaped the way the company worked on its improvements going forward.

2019 Yamaha 350 Outboard Motors

When it comes to product development, their market-oriented approach is a thoughtful, in-depth process. Yamaha gathers information from each market and listens to those who use and service their products. They take this feedback and use it to further improve their designs. As the quality and performance of Yamaha outboards continued to improve over the years, their popularity among boat owners grew. Today, they’re one of the most recognizable manufacturers on the market.

2019 Yamaha 90HP Outboard Motor on a Pontoon

What Kind Of Boat Do You Have?

When it comes to choosing the right Yamaha outboard motor, you’ll want to think about some of your most pressing needs, starting with your boat. Small boats, such as inflatables, can get away with engines as small as 2.5 HP. As your boat gets bigger, it makes sense that you’ll need a bigger engine. This includes crafts like pontoons and center console boats. Yamaha makes engines as large as 425 HP, so rest assured you’ll be able to find an engine that’s a good fit for your boat.

3 2019 Yamaha XTO Outboards on Large Fishing Boat

Is it Necessary To Use Multiple Motors?

Sometimes, one outboard isn’t enough. In some cases, it makes more sense to simply upgrade to a bigger motor, especially if all you want is more power. But there are advantages to having multiple outboard motors, such as providing you more control or having a backup in case something goes wrong. If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for an affordable option, go with one Yamaha outboard motor.

Two 2019 Yamaha F350C Outboard Motors

Does Size Matter?

In this case, size can make a difference in your decision. Many people assume that buying a larger outboard motor automatically means that you’ll receive better performance. There might be some truth to that, but it’s important to note that there are some exceptions. After all, there have been great improvements in technology since the early days of outboard motors. Nowadays, size can still play a role in some aspects, but a smaller motor doesn’t always translate to subpar performance. With all that in mind, you don’t want to underpower your craft either. Your best bet is to refer to the maker’s maximum rating to guarantee high-quality performance from your Yamaha outboard motor.

Yamaha Rep with a 2019 Yamaha 175 HP VMAX SHO on Fishing Boat

Efficiency = Performance

When your Yamaha engine has the proper propeller on it, your engine will operate more efficiently. By doing this, you’ll reduce the stress on the lower unit which in turn increases the life-span of the engine and reduces future repair costs. Your Yamaha Outboard owners manual will provide your target range and the procedures to test. If you need help with additional questions, you can call the experts at Eric’s Outboard Sales & Service.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to find the right Yamaha outboard motor for you, then stop by Eric’s Outboard Marine. We proudly serve Broward County, Monroe County, Miami-Dade County and all of Southeast Florida.

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