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5 of the Best Boat Motors for 2022

5 of the Best Boat Motors for 2022

The world of boat motors is constantly evolving. Even with the 2020 pandemic and supply chain struggles of 2021, many manufacturers produced exciting new outboards. The 4-stroke technology that companies such as Tohatsu, Mercury, Honda, and Suzuki are using is resulting in some of the most powerful, eco-friendly boat motors on the market yet.

Now, the only decision you need to make is which is best for your water adventures:

2022 Tohatsu 8 HP MFS8BEFL

Lightest 8 HP Motor in Its Class

The Tohatsu 8 HP Outboard Motor model #MFS8BEFL is a two-cylinder, 4-stroke outboard motor which comes equipped with a 20-inch-long shaft and tiller steering. Weighing in at a surprisingly low 90 pounds, this is the lightest 8 HP motor in its class.

  • Rope and electric start
  • Quiet
  • Gas frugal
  • 5-year warranty
  • 3.1 gallon fuel tank
  • Advanced digital CD ignition system

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2022 Mercury 5 HP 5MLHA-LPG Sail Power Propane Outboard Motor

More Convenience, Less Hassle with Sail Power

Mercury’s all-new 4-Stroke Propane boat motor is designed for sailboats and features an alternator and more thrust. While it’s ideal for sailboats, it’s also a great fit for aluminum tillers and inflatable jon/utility boats.

  • Only 58 pounds
  • 3-year warranty
  • 4 / 2 amp / 50 / 25 watt charging system
  • Digital CD ignition with Spark Advance
  • Rated for saltwater use

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2022 Mercury 2.5 HP 2.5MH Outboard Motor

Affordable, Portable Power

This 2.5 HP outboard is perfect for small inflatable boats, canoes, and other small boats. The Mercury boat motors are known for their large displacement powerhead which gives this outboard substantially more power than other similar class-rated engines.

  • 15-inch short shaft
  • Twist grip throttle
  • Forward-neutral gear shift
  • Built-in 1-liter fuel tank with tiller steering
  • 3-year factory warranty

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2022 HONDA 5 HP BF5DHSHNA Outboard Motor

BEST SELLER: The Dependability You Want in a Lightweight Motor

This incredibly compact and lightweight boat motor is ideal for small tenders, canoes, and jon boats. It gives you a quiet, smooth ride and will keep your water adventures powered for years to come.

  • 4-stroke design
  • Fold-down tiller handle
  • True 5 Warranty
  • Large displacement engine for more power
  • 4-front corrosion protection system

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2022 HONDA 8 HP BF8DK3LHA Outboard Motor

More of What You Want on the Water

The BF8 gives you more battery charging power, user-friendly features, and even quieter performance. This reliable motor is backed by the best warranty in the business, giving you the peace of mind that you’re investing in something truly worthwhile.

  • 4-stroke design
  • One hand starting
  • True 5 Warranty
  • Ultra-low 3-star CARB emissions
  • Available with Power Thrust Design (BFP)

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Not sure which of these new boat motors is right for you? Our experts are here to help!

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3 Tips for Boating on a Budget

3 Tips for Boating on a Budget

Love the idea of owning a boat but not the idea of spending all your hard-earned cash to make it a reality? You’re not alone! But fear not, it is possible to enjoy all the joys that come with being a boat owner, and still have money left over for the rest of life’s pleasures.

Why Repower Your Boat with an Upgraded Outboard Motor

Why Repower Your Boat with an Upgraded Outboard Motor

While boat hulls can easily last many years, engines tend to show their age much sooner. If your outboard motor hasn’t been delivering like it should, it may be time for a change. Fortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean buying a new boat.
Outboard Motor EPA Compliance For Portable Fuel Components – What You Need to Know

Outboard Motor EPA Compliance For Portable Fuel Components – What You Need to Know

Effective January 1, 2011, the U.S. EPA began requiring that all portable fuel systems manufactured for use with gasoline-powered marine engines in the U.S. produce zero evaporative emissions. Find out what it means for your outboard motor fuel tank and engine.

Why Consider a Propane Outboard?

Why Consider a Propane Outboard?

Propane outboards burn fuel 50 times – yes, you read that right, 50 times! – cleaner than even eco-friendly gasoline-powered outboards. They release very little in the way of greenhouse gases or toxic fumes. In fact, some propane-powered outboards have zero emissions!

EFI vs. a Standard 4 Stroke Outboards

EFI vs. a Standard 4 Stroke Outboards

When choosing 4 stroke outboards – depending on the horsepower range you need for your craft – one of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want an electronic fuel-injected (EFI) engine or a standard, carbureted four-stroke.