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  1. #1
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    Default non ski/wakeboard boat questions....

    was at a marina near Charleston, SC over the weekend and was asked couple questions about boats which I had no answer.

    perhaps you can help....

    1. Why are boats used in salt water primarily white in color?

    2. what is the advantage of an I/O over an outboard?
    Ed Geary
    2009 Moomba Outback V
    Clermont, Fl

  2. #2
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    Can we guess?

    1. Salt and sun tend to fade so white makes sense. Also, algae cleaning products tend to bleach. And, white is probably the cheapest too. At least in auto paints, red is usually the most expensive.

    2. Cheaper. The large HP compact power head on an outboard is very expensive to build. But, its advantage is it takes up less space in the boat.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
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    At dive rescue, we use outboards primarily due to weight and ease of use in freezing temperatures. Large outboard engines are actually more expensive than their inboard counterpart. I think the bass boat industry is making that happen. The two stroke outboards have come along ways with programming for break in, very little smoke and lighter than the four strokes.
    1998 Mobius
    310 HP PCM

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    Forgot about the cold temp thing (long way from here). Yes, don't have to winterize most outboards. Just fog cylinders and let water drain out.
    My Mom said I'm not allowed to get wet!
    2008 LSV
    2000 Outback LS (sold)
    Exile Tunes
    PWI
    LLTR!!!!!!!!



  5. #5
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    A disadvantage to I/O's in a salt water environment is that there are more parts left submerged at all times, this means more maintenance to prevent corrosion. An OB can be entirely removed from the water when not in use and a direct drive only has the prop/shaft in the water.
    2007 Mobius LSV
    1989 Sanger Skier DX - sold

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