Outboard Motors for Brisbane

Outboard Motors For Brisbane

Outboard Motors For Brisbane

Choosing an outboard motor for Brisbane waters used to be a relatively easy choice between a two and a four-stroke engine. Nowadays, the need to comply with environmental standards as well as the need to have clean and efficient options has seen the choice of outboard motors expand significantly. Four-stoke engines are now available from two horsepower to 350. Electric engines are quiet, lightweight and extremely economical. So how do you decide which motor is best for use in river ways, bays or open water? We’ve come up with a list of helpful hints to make your decision-making process easier.

Choosing the best outboard motor for the job

Before you make a decision on the type of outboard motor you want, consider the following important points:

  • Consider the weight of the engine as well as its output. If you want something portable and fuel-efficient, you need to consider the amount of horsepower that will be available to you.
  • Take advice from boat manufacturers on the best option for your boat. Certain outboard motors operate more effectively on certain types of watercraft, so you want to make sure you get the best outboard for your boat.
  • If at all possible, test drive a few different engine options on the same boat to get a better idea of how each outboard motor handles.
  • Consider technological aspects such as data displays, security features and service back-ups. These may come in handy depending on the job you need your motor to do.
  • Think about long-term running costs as well as the purchase cost. Petrol motors obviously need fuel, while electric motors require you to replace the batteries every three years or so.
  • Think about the kind of fishing you tend to do—do you enjoy river fishing, bay fishing or fishing in the open water? What kind of job does your outboard need to do? Certain outboard motors operate more effectively in certain environments.

Types of outboard motors available

The range of outboard motors Brisbane residents will find available to them suits all purposes and fits all kinds of boats. We’ve listed four distinct categories here to help you make your decision easily.

Large outboards

Large outboards are usually bolted to the transom and linked to the controls at the helm, so portability is an issue. They range from 2-, 3- and 4-cylinder models and generate anywhere from 15 to 135 horsepower. They’re best suited to larger boat types and open water fishing. You’ll need to remember that fuel is a necessity for these kinds of motors and they may be prohibited in certain areas.


Small outboards up to about 15 horsepower or so are easily portable and can be affixed to your boat with clamps. The smallest model weighs just 12 kilos. Portable outboards have integral fuel tanks and can provide sufficient power to move a small dinghy at around eight knots or 15 kilometres per hour. Typically, they’re used to power small boats like jon boats, canoes and dinghies, for providing auxiliary power for sailboats, and for trolling aboard larger craft due to their efficiency at trolling speeds.


Electric-powered outboards are best used on small boats due to their speed and range deficiencies. They’re known for being easily portable, having silent propulsion and for running cheaply. They can be used as a secondary means of propulsion for larger boats or for repositioning thrusters while fishing for freshwater fish. The batteries for this engine typically need replacing every three years, but you also don’t need to worry about buying any fuel. Prices can range from $100 to $5000 depending on size and brand, so they really are very affordable. They’re compact, lightweight, and, with a full overnight charge only running a dollar or two on your electricity bill, great value for money. If you need a quiet, easy-to-operate and environmentally friendly outboard, electric power is the way to go.


Pump-jet propulsion is available on most outboard motors. While they’re less efficient than an open propeller, they’re very useful when you need to navigate through shallow water. They also eliminate any danger of laceration that open propellers can pose.

Which motors work best in which waterway system?

For the sake of clarity, we’d suggest using the following outboards for the following types of waterways:

  • Open water: Large outboards due to their fuel efficiency and power.
  • Freshwater lakes and dams: Portable outboards and electric-powered motors for their quietness, small environmental impact, and economy.
  • River systems: Pump-jet motors for their effectiveness in shallow water.
  • Bays and inlets: Pump-jet motors for their effectiveness in shallow water.

Visit us at Holt Marine to get the best outboard motors Brisbane money can buy!

Get in touch with us on 07 3353 1928 or visit us in store to check out our wide range of outboard motors suited to Brisbane waters today! We have the expertise to answer any questions you may have.



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