2 Stroke Vs. 4 Stroke Outboard Motors

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Monday, November 29, 2021

What is the difference between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard motor? As the question points out, one main difference is the number of movements (strokes) it takes for the piston to complete a cycle. For example, a cycle on a 4-stroke engine begins with air and fuel intake to the compression stroke, where ignition of fuel and air occurs. So far, that is just two strokes. The third stroke brings the piston back to the bottom, and the fourth stroke presses out the exhaust as it raises to the top. That's four strokes.  The Two-Stroke Outboard Cycle A... Read More

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2021

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Friday, October 22, 2021

The 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world. Come visit Michigan Wheel at Booth #421 to discuss all the latest in marine propulsion technology!    SHOW DATES & HOURS Wednesday, Oct. 27: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 28 - Saturday, Oct. 30: 100:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday, Oct. 31: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Read More

What Determines if a Speed Is Safe for Your Boat?

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

If you’ve ever ridden on the open waters, you’ll notice that there are no posted speed limit signs. In a car, you know how fast you should safely go, but in a boat, there is not as much clear guidance. In this guide, we’ll explain what determines a safe speed for your boat and how to know what speed is safe for you. Internal Factors That Determine Your Boat’s Speed There are a lot of internal factors that play into how fast your boat can go. Let’s take a look... Read More

Inboard vs. Outboard Motors: Everything You Need to Know

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Friday, July 23, 2021

A boat’s motor is a huge investment. It’s the heart of your vessel, so you want to avoid making the wrong choice. The tough part is that outboard and inboard motors are both valid choices and they’re both designed for different people. If you want to make the right choice, then you’ll need to learn more about both motor types. In this piece, we’ll explain everything you need to know about an outboard and inboard motor, and we’ll help you pick which one is right for you. What... Read More

What to Look for When Buying a Used Boat

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Friday, July 23, 2021

What’s more stressful than trying to buy a used boat? There are so many unknowns and it’s easy for a misinformed buyer to walk into a trap and waste a boatload of money. No pun intended. In this guide, we’ll explain what to look for when buying a used boat. By using this information, you can help avoid a scam and ensure you only buy the perfect boat for your needs. How the Used Boat Buying Process Works Buying a used boat all starts with picking the right type of boat. You’ll... Read More

Understanding Propeller Basics for selecting the correct Outboard & Sterndrive Boat Propeller

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The goal in propeller selection is to determine what style and size will maximize your boat's performance, while allowing your engine to operate within the recommended RPM range. The correctly sized propeller will prevent the engine from over-revving, yet allow it to reach the minimum suggested RPM.  This will result in the engine producing maximum horsepower, but not being overloaded which can compromise engine longevity. Read on for our prop selection criteria to help you find the perfect propeller for your outboard motor. Propeller ⦁ Current Propeller Diameter ⦁ Current Prop Pitch ⦁ Right Hand or Left Hand Prop Rotation ⦁ Number... Read More

Boat Propeller Types

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Selecting the right propeller type for a boat is crucial to realizing the best overall performance the vessel is capable of. When selecting the right prop propeller type there are several options to choose from, all with key design elements that will influence particular performance characteristics. At a high level most propellers fall into two categories, recreational or commercial. Commercial propellers come in all shapes and sizes and are often tailored to the specific needs of the vessel’s intended use. Material type, propeller blade number, blade thickness and area, are just some of the prop design parameters that... Read More

Wake-Adapted Propellers, Struts, and Rudders

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Here at Michigan Wheel, we often hear the question, how can I make my boat go faster? It can be tempting to respond, get a bigger engine, or take some weight off your boat, but we try to limit our responses to propeller related solutions. Sometimes, a simple change in pitch will help. Other times, a different diameter, or a different number of blades can make a difference. Our advanced propeller designs (CX and Marlin) really do increase top end speed. But there is another way that you can make a big impact on a boat’s performance: wake-adapted... Read More