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Lightweight and Small Outboard Motors for Sailboats

  • By Ed Sherman
  • Updated: April 22, 2019

When you’re facing strong winds and you need to get somewhere fast, it’s time to break out a small outboard such as an aluminum genny. A dependable outboard that has enough horsepower to get you to the racecourse and back, yet is light enough not to be a drag on your race results, is invaluable. Most racing sailors don’t need as much horsepower as they might think.

An eight-horsepower outboard, for example, will push a 30-foot, 6,000-pound boat along at 6.5 knots. Anything bigger will weigh more than 90 pounds and isn’t suitable for lifting on and off the stern. Here’s our roundup of some of the best outboard motors for sailboats, and some help in deciphering what’s right for your boat.

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We focus our attention on engines available under nine different brand names. Two of the best-known names, Johnson and Evinrude, have dropped out of the small-engine end of the market as part of parent company Bombardier Corporation’s restructuring of these two companies. Currently they’re advertising the availability of six- and eight-horsepower four-stroke models in 2003. Another dropout in the mini-engine market is Suzuki. Their smallest two-stroke is a five-horsepower unit and in the four-stroke configuration, a 9.9 horsepower. Brand and corporate shuffling aside, of particular interest is whether the companies that are building nine horsepower- and-below engines have incorporated four-stroke technology into the lower horsepower range, since it’s now beginning to dominate the mid-sized and larger outboard engine market. The answer to that is yes, to a point.

Two or Four Stroke Outboards for Sailboats

Outboards are either two or four-stroke engines, and the four-strokes have definitely gained favor in recent years for several reasons: they’re quiet, they use much less fuel, and they run more cleanly. Since no oil is mixed with the fuel, the classic two-cycle smokescreen isn’t a factor. In a four-stroke, the piston reciprocates inside the cylinder four times for each power stroke (that is, each time fuel combusts). Rather than opening ports cut into the sides of the cylinder, intake and exhaust valves controlled by a camshaft allow a fuel/air mix to enter the combustion chamber with the suction created by the piston as it moves inward in its cylinder. Exhaust gases are forced out of the cylinder as the piston moves outward.

By carefully designing the camshaft, engineers minimize the amount of time that the intake and exhaust valves are both open, considerably reducing the amount of unburned fuel that exits with the exhaust stream. The end result? Fewer emissions and greater economy.

But they do have at least one distinct disadvantage for the racing sailor, and that’s weight. For example, four-stroke engines in the five-horsepower category are about 20 percent heavier than comparable two-stroke engines of the same horsepower. The good news, however, is that only amounts to between 10 and 15 pounds, depending upon the engine. Four-stroke engines cost more, also, but the improved technology may be well worth it.

If you’re totally weight and price conscious, you’ll want a two-stroke engine. But, if you think you can lose the weight elsewhere, a clean, quiet four-stroke without the hassle of mixing fuel could be the answer. In fact, Mercury/ Mariner’s newest six-horse four-stroke engines are actually 18 pounds lighter than their older two-stroke equivalents–a testament to the benefits of improved design and technology.

Environmental regulations are pushing manufacturers towards four-strokes as well. Four-strokes meet emission control standards, and US Environmental Protection Agency regulations mandate that new outboard and personal watercraft engines reduce engine hydrocarbon emissions by 75 percent by 2006. Environmentally conscious sailors should look for either a C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board) “very-low” or “ultra-low” designator, or a specification indicating 2006 EPA compliance.

How Much Horsepower Do You Need?

The amount of power you’ll need depends on several key factors. The first consideration is the weight of your boat. The second is the boat’s wetted surface. Full-keel boats not only weigh more but also have more surface area to push through the water. My rule of thumb here is to start with a two-horsepower engine for small centerboard and keelboats less than 1,000 pounds, and add one horsepower for every 1,000 pounds of displacement. For more exact, albeit complex formulae, I suggest The Propeller Handbook by Dave Gerr (McGraw-Hill 2001).

Compare your boat’s dimensions against what existing classes have found to work; for example, a Melges 24 at 1,650 pounds is typically rigged with a three-horsepower short-shaft engine, while a J/80 at 2,900 pounds can still squeak by with a long-shaft, three-horsepower engine. A 1,790 pound J/22, on the other hand, typically uses a four-horsepower long-shaft engine. On the larger end of boats using outboards, you’ll find the outboard version of the J/29, at 6,000 pounds, requires a 7.5-horsepower long-shaft engine.

If you are intending to do some cruising, or even long deliveries to regattas, an option that’s available on some engines is a high-thrust propeller. On larger boats, this option can save weight over a bigger engine and really make a difference when trying to punch through a strong tide or headwind. High-thrust props cost more and are less fuel efficient–but they can save weight and give you more power.

Once you’ve determined how big an engine you’ll need, the next step is to begin comparing features in the given horsepower range you’ve selected. There are nine manufacturers included in our roundup, but some of their brands are identical products with different labeling. In the smaller sizes, the Mercury and Mariner brands are identical. As for the Nissan and Tohatsu engines, Tohatsu builds them all. Yamaha, Suzuki, and Honda all offer competitive products as well, but they’re all independent brands.

What to Look For in Lightweight Outboard Motors

In the small engine sizes, specific features to look for can be reduced to several key items. For some, having an integral fuel tank will be important. The smallest engines have integral tanks that hold only a quart or two of fuel–good enough for an hour or two of operation. No manufacturer lists fuel consumption because the size boat the engine is pushing and the wind and wave conditions vary widely. Compare the size of the tanks, and whether you can attach a remote tank for longer trips. The extra weight and space of a separate fuel tank will be a burden on smaller ultra-light boats.

The availability of long- and short-shaft versions in the horsepower size you need is also important. Honda for example offers 20 and 25-inch transom height (long or short shaft) right down to their smallest BF2 (two-horsepower) model. Mercury and Mariner only offer a 15-inch short-shaft version on their 3.3- and 2.5-horsepower engines. Shaft length is measured from the top of the bracket to the tip of the shaft–make sure your shaft is long enough to position the propeller and cooling water intake deep enough below the waterline to avoid cavitation when the boat pitches through waves.

Other specifications that are worth comparing are whether the engine is equipped with a simple forward and neutral gearshift or if the unit has a full functioning forward-neutral-reverse gear unit. If you’re going to be doing long deliveries to regattas, or in the larger sizes for a racer/cruiser configuration, consider whether or not a charging system is part of the engine package, and if so, it’s output. Will it be adequate to keep your battery recharged and power things like a tiller pilot and running lights? Also, on the larger engines check to see if electric starting is available, or offered as a standard feature. Having it can be the difference between pain and pleasure.

If you are racing in a strict one-design group, check any class rules that apply to outboard engines. Issues related to brackets, storage of the engine and/or alternative weight might be issues, so be sure to check with your class before making any final decision.

Ed Sherman is the author of Outboard Engines, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair, International Marine/McGraw Hill and a contributing editor to Sailing World.

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The Best Outboard Motor for a Sailboat

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The technology of sailing has remained mostly unchanged for centuries. Since learning to harness the power of wind, sailors have been transiting the world’s oceans, expanding trade routes and exploring new cultures. Although nothing more than a renewable natural resource and a single sail is needed to move a sailboat along the water, there are times when it’s important (and in our modern age, convenient) to leverage off a motor to get you where you need to go.

Like any unique piece of equipment in the world of sailing, outboard motors come in a variety of sizes with features and options to fit any owner’s needs. But of course, one size doesn’t fit all. Every boat is different – even those that come off the production line at the same time – and every owner is looking for something specific when it comes to their sailboat. From the purpose of owning the boat (blue water sailing vs. racing) to the location and impact on maintenance (cold weather vs. tropical weather), an outboard motor is just one of the many elements that will define a sailboat’s function and performance.

Whether you’re a new owner, or a veteran sailor, it’s important to know the basic components of any outboard motor . You should also have an idea of what you want your outboard motor to do for your size and model sailboat.

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Outboard Motor Size

A larger boat doesn’t necessarily mean a larger motor. Although there are different ratings for different classes of boats, a small power plant can be more effective than a larger one. Conversely, an outboard motor can easily overpower a small boat and create unsafe conditions at high speeds. Guidelines and requirements differ between motorboats and sailboats. And while there is some overlap, these considerations apply directly to sailboats.

Engine power has to do with how much water a boat displaces. For sailboats, smaller is better. If you’re a bit of a math geek, the exact formula is 4 horsepower for every 2200lb of weight. Coupled with a propeller size, which can be determined using a propeller calculator , you’ll get a rough estimate to use as a guideline to start shopping. This is a good first step, since size is essentially a fixed variable. Though it’s worth noting for those who are buying a sailboat directly from the manufacturer, that actual weight will increase after delivery – once all other rigging and outfitting has been completed.

Physical size of your outboard motor is an important consideration and is directly related to the design of your sailboat. An outboard motor is made up of three parts from top to bottom:

  • The Powerhead – Houses the engine. The bulbous part of the motor.
  • The Midsection – Houses the exhaust system. Varies in length and design.
  • The Lower Unit – Propellers attach to the gearbox. Submerged when operational.

Shaft length is an important design element and should be considered when purchasing a motor. A shaft that is too short will obviously prevent the propeller from being submerged in water, while a shaft that is too long will extend the propellers too far. Not only will it decrease the efficiency of your engine, it will create unnecessary drag. Know your transom length when looking at different models.

When an outboard motor is not being used, it should be stowed in its upright position. Some of the larger motors have an automated switch that will raise it out of the water, but some must be secured manually. Make sure everyone who sails with you is capable of lifting and securing the motor out of the water in case of an emergency.

Outboard Motor Power

Any kind of motor installed on a sailboat (inboard or outboard) should be viewed as a tool to help with maneuvering. Although there are some very skilled sailors out there who can sail into their slip without the aid of a motor, many harbors have restrictions that either don’t allow for the use of full sails, or there simply isn’t enough room to maneuver. A motor with both forward and reverse gears helps tremendously with docking.

While there is no exact correlation between boat length and total weight, the following is a rough guideline:

  • 1-4 HP for boats up to 20’ (approximately 1000-2000lbs)
  • 4-18 HP for boats between 20-30’ (approximately 2,000-10,000lbs)
  • 18-34 HP for boats between 30-40’ (10,000lbs or more)

There are some things to consider when deciding how much horsepower you need or want. Location and the type of conditions you expect you’ll be sailing in is one of the biggest factors. Heavy seas and high winds typically associated with open ocean sailing will put more strain on your engine, and in some cases overpower it, whereas an engine that is heavier than needed will add unnecessary weight when racing. If you plan on motoring for long distances, consider purchasing an engine that will stand up to a lot of use.

Less HP is required for:

  • Boat Design – Single hull boats made out of fiberglass require less power.
  • 2-Stroke Engines – This is due to an overall lighter weight engine and higher torque.
  • Diesel Engines – Diesel delivers more torque because the rate of compression is greater.
  • Bigger Propellers – More surface area means more water displacement.
  • Location – Motoring on lakes and rivers requires less power than open ocean.
  • Distance – A smaller engine is suitable for shorter distances.

More HP is required for:

  • Boat Design – Catamarans and heavier boats (regardless of size) require more power.
  • 4-Stroke Engine – Engine weight and an extra step of compression yields less power.
  • Gas Engines – The rate of compression for gas engines is much lower than diesel.
  • Smaller Propeller – A smaller propeller displaces less water.
  • Location – Open ocean, with tides and currents, will strain a smaller engine.
  • Distance – Cover more distance when wind conditions are poor requires a larger engine.

Outboard Motor Cost

There is no way to quantify how much you will pay for any given motor. But there are several costs associated with owning an outboard motor that are definitely worth considering when making your purchase.

Certainly, a lager, more-powerful engine is going to be costlier than a smaller engine with lower horsepower. But as mentioned earlier, size is not necessarily a guarantee of performance and efficiency. At the same time, there’s only so much you can get out of an engine before you exceed its capability. Larger engines tend to help with resale value should you choose to sell your boat at some point, but a boat outfitted with right motor to begin with will always perform better than a motor that’s large just for the sake of it.

Factor in maintenance costs and fuel when looking at models. You want to run your engine at around 90% of its max RPMs to balance proper fuel usage and with wear and tear. Making a few calls to marine mechanics to inquire about an engine you’re interested in will give you a lot of information a sales person won’t be able to give you. The good news about outboard motors is that most of them are portable, which means you won’t have the added cost of either paying a mechanic to come to you, or having to get your boat to the yard, which usually requires help from a very good friend willing to spend all day driving and sailing back and forth.

Owning a boat requires constant care and maintenance, so a little knowledge goes a long way. While an outboard motor is not required for sailing, it’s a convenient addition that can greatly increase your enjoyment out on the water. Being patient and spending time researching engines will not only help you make the correct purchase but will help you take advantage of a great deal when it presents itself. Whether you sail the Caribbean, or race off the coast of California in a catamaran, there is an outboard motor that’s just right for you.

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On the eve of World Ocean Month (June), 11th Hour Racing and IMOCA — the International Monohull Open Class Association — joined forces to drive sustainable innovation and equity in the sailing world. 11th Hour Racing is supporting the expansion of seven environmental and social sustainability initiatives that IMOCA recently launched, which include projects to empower the next generation of female leaders in sailing and efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the marine industry and protect marine biodiversity.

The collaboration between 11th Hour Racing and IMOCA displays the maritime sports industry’s continued care for the environment and a willingness to educate and empower women to join a traditionally male-dominated sport. The launch of this partnership was celebrated in late May in New York City. IMOCA and 11th Hour Racing hosted a Women’s Empowerment in Sailing and Maritime panel and youth activation session that featured native New Yorker Cole Brauer , who in March became the first American woman to sail nonstop around the world single-handed and unassisted. The panel was followed by the New York Vendée race around the Statue of Liberty.

Antoine Mermod, President of IMOCA, expressed his excitement about the two entities working together, saying, “IMOCA and 11th Hour Racing can create a powerful force for good in world sailing with our shared interests and determination to reduce the environmental impact of the sport we love, while at the same time promoting opportunities to encourage more women to get involved in offshore racing.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Pochman, CEO of 11th Hour Racing said, “This partnership raises the bar for standards within sailing and reinforces our shared mission towards a more equitable and sustainable future, both on and off the water.”

Who is IMOCA?

For readers less familiar with the world of sailing, IMOCA is an association of skippers and teams founded in 1991. It governs the class of 60-foot monohull high-performance sailboats designed for solo and team competitions. The Association has been recognized by World Sailing (then the International Sailing Federation) since 1998, and has been partnered with the IOC-UNESCO since 2015 — “supporting the collection of oceanographic data in isolated regions of the globe.”

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IMOCA’s objective is “to develop the fleet of monohulls and provide skippers with an attractive and coherent sports program.” The Association is continuously adapting to the changing nature of our oceans and notes that respect for the environment is at the center of its concerns.

IMOCA is best known for creating fast monohull sailing yachts that can reach a top speed of 40 knots (roughly 46 miles per hour). These racing yachts are used in two of the world’s most prominent open ocean races, the Vendée Globe and the Ocean Race, which form part of the four-year IMOCA Globe Series that IMOCA launched in 2018.

IMOCA also sets the rules for the racing class, ensuring fair play and safety. Each year at the Annual General Meeting in Lorient, France, each member team votes to endorse new rules. In the past several years IMOCA has adopted innovative and environmentally-friendly rules, including: the Green Sail rule which requires each boat to carry at least one sail “crafted to reduce emissions by 30% per kilogram compared to standard sails,” an emissions reduction regulation that requires all new IMOCA boat builds between 2025 and 2028 to reduce harmful emissions by 15% (60 metric tons of CO2), and a science-based initiative in partnership with the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO which sees IMOCA skippers deploy buoys during races to collect data on water quality and climate.

Now, IMOCA is working hard to integrate more women into sailing. Claire Vayer and Imogen Dinham-Price, Sustainability and Partnerships Co-Managers at IMOCA, told me that the idea is to change the mentality in sailing and give women leadership roles. They emphasized the fact that access has traditionally been limited for women and that the new collaboration with 11th Hour Racing and the Magenta Project provides women first-hand experience and builds their network in offshore sailing, opening new career paths to them. Vayer and Dinham-Price note that adding more women to the industry adds new perspectives, and that these perspectives can drive new approaches and solutions that will also help protect nature.

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Who is 11th Hour Racing?

11th Hour Racing is an organization dedicated to ocean health that “works to mobilize sports, maritime, and coastal communities to inspire solutions for the ocean.” It was founded in 2010 by Wendy Schmidt, the philanthropist and wife of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, sailor and sailmaker Rob MacMillan and sailor, and current CEO, Jeremy Pochman.

Back in 2010, the founders recognized the growing issues the oceans were facing, including increased plastic pollution and temperature change. Moreover, they understood that the sailing industry, despite the thrills it provided at regattas, posed further problems, like the disposal of sailboats and race-day waste. Together they established an organization “to use the power of sport to restore a balanced relationship between people and planet.”

11th Hour Racing’s name comes from the sense of urgency and the little time that remains to address climate change and decreasing ocean health. It is a reminder of the severity of climate change, but also humanity’s will to fight back no matter how bleak things may look.

Speaking to me via video call, Pochman said that the 11th Hour Racing founders wanted to tap into the enthusiasm sports creates and get people to engage with sustainability. He added, “The best way to get people to engage is to find good points of contact and demonstrate success.”

Over the years, 11th Hour Racing has innovated and found success, even winning the Ocean Race in 2023. Innovation and competing with a message has allowed 11th Hour Racing to connect with coastal communities, and success has amplified their sustainability work.

Since 2010, 11th Hour Racing has tackled the use of single-use plastics, has done lifecycle assessments to measure its boats’ environmental footprints, began using smarter materials to construct its yachts. Now it is now trialing hazard button technology devised by IMOCA that warns of nearby ocean mammals and allows skippers to avoid them. Currently, the organization from Newport, RI is looking into systemic change, and a holistic approach to environmental sustainability which according to Pochman includes “incorporating the human part.” In other words, talking about humans’ role in a healthy system, creating eco-friendly behavioral change, and creating a more inclusive sailing industry.

Taking this holistic approach naturally led to 11th Hour Racing’s partnership with IMOCA, but Pochman notes that it has created complexity in finding other partners. He freely admits that 11th Hour Racing alone cannot create the necessary momentum to solve the climate crisis and improve long-term environmental sustainability. So while finding other partners can lead to “meeting different goals for the sake of sponsorship,” Pochman clearly believes the partnership with IMOCA is purpose-driven and one that will help spread their sustainability message beyond their bubble and across the maritime industry.

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The innovative partnership between 11th Hour Racing and IMOCA (with assistance from Magenta Project, a global charity that helps build equity and inclusion for women in sailing) could not come at a more important moment. Ocean health in 2024 is in a critical state due to the continued rise in water temperature caused by the release of greenhouse gasses. Coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and plastic pollution are now commonplace in all of our oceans, and there are even warning signs that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which moderates temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, could collapse.

The North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature is nearly 4.5 standard deviation points above the mean, the highest it has ever been by June 1. According to Brian McNoldy, Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School, “the sea surface temperature averaged over the North Atlantic has now been record-warm for 15 consecutive months.” As the world prepares to celebrate another World Ocean Day (June 8), humanity continues to push the oceans’ capacity to adapt to an increasingly hostile world.

However, Pochman believes that the maritime industry is beginning to see a groundswell of change. He said he was incredibly excited about the event in New York City because it offered a stage to openly discuss ocean health and the underrepresentation of women in sailing. With over 120 female applicants from around the world, 11th Hour Racing, IMOCA, and the Magenta Project are beginning to open doors for women and girls in the sailing industry. Through their collaboration, 15 women have been invited to participate in a leadership and mentorship program which will aid in their career development, teach them technical skills and allow them to build contacts in the sailing community.

In addition to partnering with IMOCA and The Magenta Project, 11th Hour Racing is also funding a groundbreaking initiative called UpWind by MerConcept to promote diversity, inclusion, and sustainable excellence in offshore sailing. This newly launched collaboration selected seven women from over 120 candidates to participate in a leadership and training program. This program will give them the technical and communication skills needed to join an offshore sailing shore team, participating in a global racing schedule on an Ocean Fifty high-performance trimaran.

The women in these programs will be part of the next generation of sailing leaders who will have to contend with the continued challenges of climate change. They will carry on the legacy and work of 11th Hour Racing and IMOCA and demonstrate that sailing can be an exciting proving ground for environmentally sustainable innovation that benefits ocean health. Pochman says he believes “true standout athletes and leaders are those who go above and beyond,” referencing Italian sailor Francesca Clapcich and the IMOCA team, and notes that he has faith that 11th Hour Racing can continue winning races while pushing their message of environmental sustainability. He insists, “We are not trying to be good, we are trying to be great, we are trying to create lasting impact.”

If oceans are to remain the lifeblood of our planet, then lasting impact from major sectors like the sports and maritime industries is exactly what we need.

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  1. Professional Outboard

    Professional Racing Outboard (PRO) is the most diverse and electrifying category the APBA has to offer. With 19 classes, PRO boats speeds range from moderate to blazing fast, old tech to cutting edge tech and cost ranges from extremely affordable to substantial investments. ... Hydros ride on a cushion of air; the boat contacts the water's ...

  2. Marine Technology Inc.

    Marine Technology Inc. specializes in crafting top-of-the-line High Performance Racing and Pleasure Catamaran style boats, Center Console Vee-Bottoms, and Twin Outboard Catamarans. Each boat is custom-built to meet the specific needs and desires of the client. The company is known for its superior craftsmanship and the incorporation of the latest technology in electronics and modern features ...

  3. Racing Sailboats for sale

    The most viewed brands for racer sailing vessels this month were Beneteau, Green Marine, J Boats, Ranger and Tartan. With 97 racer sailboats currently listed for sale, as well as 10 added in the past 30 days, Boat Trader is confident that you'll find the boat you are looking for. Find racing sailboats for sale near you, including boat prices ...

  4. American Power Boat Association

    American Power Boat Association. 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd. Auburndale, FL 33823. Phone: (586) 773-9700. Fax: (586) 773-6490

  5. High Performance Speed Boats: The Ultimate Go-Fast Guide

    Boaters can choose between inboard, sterndrive and outboard engines. Thanks to Mercury Racing, modern outboard motors are more reliable than ever and are capable of extreme horsepower, including the renowned 450-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 450R racing outboard engine that is steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the newer 500R racing engine, and the ...

  6. 200apx

    The Mercury Racing 200 APX is a powerful V6 fourstroke outboard designed for UIM F2 and APBA OPC tunnel boat racing. Rated at more than 200 horsepower, the 200 APX outboard offers racers a very durable powerhead and the latest in four-stroke engine technology, while reducing exhaust emissions by 90 percent compared to the legacy two-stroke competition outboards.

  7. Outboard Performance Craft

    Capable of speeds over 140mph, the Outboard Performance Craft has come a long way since its beginnings as the "Outboard Pleasure Craft" class. This category of racing features some of the biggest, most powerful outboard engines in Powerboat Racing. OPC engines can range from off-the-shelf production engines to heavily modified, high tech ...

  8. Home

    Passion. It's what defines the Mercury Racing Apex Series, pure competition outboards designed to perform at the pinnacle of closed-course racing - the quickest, fastest, smartest four-stroke outboards to ever boil the water. Mercury Racing builds the best marine & automotive propulsion systems, accessories, and parts on the market.

  9. Sail Racer boats for sale

    These builders may design racer sailing vessels with secondary inboard, outboard, outboard-4s, electric and other propulsion systems, available in diesel, gas, electric and other fuel systems. Over the past 30 days, the top, most-viewed brands for racer sailing vessels on YachtWorld were Beneteau, Class 40, Custom, Farr and J Boats.

  10. R-Series Engines

    Deep-breathing, high-winding, rugged and reliable. Mercury Racing R-Series outboard motors employ exclusive advanced design elements and Mercury Racing technology to go quicker, faster and further. Dial in your desired performance with a broad range of horsepower rating and gearcase options that are simply unmatched in the industry.

  11. Best Small Outboard Motors for Sailboats

    A light, Dependable Outboard, such as the Mercury seen on this Melges 24 at last year's Yachting Key West Race Week is a key piece of a small-boat racer's equipment.

  12. Types of Racing Sailboats

    There are many types of racing sailboats that range from one-man dinghies all the way to 100-foot yachts. Some racing sailboats are classified as keel boats, multi-hull, and even a tower ship. These boats are built primarily for speed, so comfort is usually an afterthought depending on the brand. For racing sailboats, each one is going to fit ...

  13. Phantom Boats, LLC

    The Science of Speed Starts at Phantom Boats. Take the time to get to know exactly what goes into each and every boat we build. The technology behind our designs, our manufacturing material specifications, quality rigging standards, and what makes our race teams champions from start to finish. Meet Your Builder.

  14. The Best Outboard Motor for a Sailboat

    2-Stroke Engines - This is due to an overall lighter weight engine and higher torque. Diesel Engines - Diesel delivers more torque because the rate of compression is greater. Bigger Propellers - More surface area means more water displacement. Location - Motoring on lakes and rivers requires less power than open ocean.

  15. High-Performance Speed Boats: The Ultimate Guide

    Boat racing is different. Most of the race boats are single-seat variety. The most visible forms of boating motorsports are offshore racing, unlimited hydroplanes, and outboard tunnel boats. However, there are a lot more forms of boat racing and classes that take place on lakes and rivers across the United States.

  16. High Performance boats for sale

    These boats are built and assembled by a wide variety of boat makers with hull types including deep vee, modified vee, catamaran, planing and other designs. Boat Trader currently has 1,551 high performance boats for sale, including 737 new vessels and 814 used boats, listed by individual owners and professional dealerships nationwide.

  17. Racing Outboards

    Brochures. The Sidewinder engine series is based on an engine originally designed in the 1950's for racing and further refined and developed through the 1980's. Racing Outboards has further updated the design to take advantage of the latest materials, manufacturing techniques, and performance theories in order to make the engine more ...

  18. New to Boat Racing

    Created in 1933, this trophy is presented annually to the driver with the most points during the racing season in the Professional Racing Outboard (PRO) Category. The trophy, housed at APBA Headquarters, is 44" high and contains almost 18 lbs. of sterling silver. Past Winners. 2018 - Justin Gibson.

  19. Mercury Racing

    Mercury Racing Powers First Test of E1 Series Race Boat. Mercury Racing has completed work on the first E1-X, a prototype electric outboard for the E1 Series, a new powerboat racing series expected to debut in 2023. Mercury Racing joins the E1 Series as Official Propulsion and Propeller Partner and will contribute to development of the ...

  20. Throttled: Stock Outboard Racing Podcast

    Throttled: Stock Outboard Racing Podcast. 2,263 likes · 355 talking about this. Weekly boat racing podcast, on Thursdays at 8pm EST

  21. Racing Outboards

    Outboard stock and modified boat racing is a great family-oriented sport where all members of the family can get involved, and will feel welcomed by the racing community while at the same time develop life skills and a competitive spirit. ... Racing Outboards creates no claim or credit for images featured on our site unless otherwise noted. All ...

  22. Race Boats for Sale

    This boat is not for beginners and is blinding fast. Possible trades what do you have Contact Andy at seven706308396. Located in Marietta Georgia. Year: 1991 Power: Single 300 hp Location: Georgia Contact Number: 7706308396 Asking: $18,500 Details & Photos ».

  23. Stock Outboard

    Stock Outboard. Picture yourself traveling at 60 MPH, not sitting in your 3,000 lb. Chevy, but crouching mere inches above the water, braced in a 125 lb. wooden boat, the wind whistling by your your helmet. Your left hand squeezes the throttle; your right hand is glued to the steering wheel.

  24. 11th Hour Racing And IMOCA Partner To Protect Oceans And ...

    IMOCA is best known for creating fast monohull sailing yachts that can reach a top speed of 40 knots (roughly 46 miles per hour). These racing yachts are used in two of the world's most ...