Long Shaft Outboards
A long shaft outboard engine is a type of marine propulsion system commonly used for larger inflatable dinghies. As the name suggests, the lower unit of the outboard motor has a longer vertical length compared to a standard or short shaft outboard.
The long shaft outboard is designed to work best on boats with a transom height of 20 to 25 inches, which is higher than the height required for short shaft outboards. Long shaft outboards are typically more powerful than their shorter counterparts and are therefore most suited to larger boats that require higher speed or power.
One advantage of a long shaft outboard is that it can provide more clearance from the water surface, which can be beneficial when navigating through choppy or rough water conditions. Additionally, these engines tend to have larger propellers and provide more thrust, which can be a significant factor for boaters who need to move heavy loads or larger boats.
However, long shaft outboards may be more expensive and heavier than other types of outboards, which can be a disadvantage for boaters who need to transport their boat and engine on a regular basis. They may also not be suitable for smaller boats or boats with lower transom heights.
It's important to consider the size and weight of your boat, as well as your intended use, when selecting an outboard engine. It's also important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations when it comes to choosing the right shaft length for your boat.
Why shop with Pirates Cave Chandlery?
We're dedicated marine specialists, having supplied a leading range of marine engines and equipment, including the short shaft outboards in this category for over 30 years. Our Rochester store is one of the largest chandleries in the UK, and we also have an additional outlet store within Gillingham Marina - why not visit us today?
As well as Mariner Outboards, we also stock a leading range of Electric Outboard Motors, including ePropulsion Outboard Motors which are lightweight, nimble and perfect for dinghies, fishing boats and sailboats. In addition, we also stock trolling motors which are extremely popular with those who own fishing boats.
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