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These motors typically use a manual start system, with throttle and gearshift controls mounted on the body of the motor, and a tiller for steering.

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An outboard motor is a propulsion system for boats, consisting of a self-contained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller or jet drive, designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom.They are the most common motorized method of propelling small watercraft.As well as providing propulsion, outboards provide steering control, as they are designed to pivot over their mountings and thus control the direction of thrust.The skeg also acts as a rudder when the engine is not running.Unlike inboard motors, outboard motors can be easily removed for storage or repairs.In order to eliminate the chances of hitting bottom with an outboard motor, the motor can be tilted up to an elevated position either electronically or manually.

This helps when traveling through shallow waters where there may be debris that could potentially damage the motor as well as the propeller.

If the electric motor required to move the pistons which raise or lower the engine is malfunctioning, every outboard motor is equipped with a manual piston release which will allow the operator to drop the motor down to its lowest setting.

Large outboards are usually bolted to the transom (or to a bracket bolted to the transom), and are linked to controls at the helm.

These range from 2-, 3- and 4-cylinder models generating 15 to 135 horsepower suitable for hulls up to 17 feet (5.2 m) in length, to powerful V6 and V8 cylinder blocks rated up to 557 hp (415 k W)., with sufficient power to be used on boats of 37 feet (11 m) or longer.

Small outboard motors, up to 15 horsepower or so are easily portable.

They are affixed to the boat via clamps, and thus easily moved from boat to boat.