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Boating tips: Benefits of Outboard and I/O Power

by MarineMax 1 Sep 12:49 PDT
Sea Ray's SLX 260 comes in both an inboard and outboard model which each provide unique benefits. Captain Keith is joined by Joey Sharpe, Senior Brand Product Manager at Sea Ray to discuss some of these benefits © MarineMax

The all-new Sea Ray SLX 260 comes in both inboard and outboard configurations, providing unique benefits. Captain Keith and Joey Sharpe, Senior Brand Product Manager at Sea Ray, discuss these benefits in our recent Boating Tips video.

Outboard vs Inboard Motor

Before we go any further let's discuss the differences between an inboard and outboard engine. There are quite a few variations between the two, ranging from maintenance to operation. However, at the most basic, surface level it is this - an outboard is outside of the vessel and is mounted to the transom of the boat. An inboard engine is literally inside of the boat with the propellors extending outside and below the boat.

Benefits of the Sea Ray SLX with Outboard Motor

Aside from getting into shallow water, the outboard motor brings simplicity to the table. For example, it is outside of the boat, so when it comes to maintenance, everything is easily accessible. All you have to do is run your boat, drain and flush the motor after usage.

Learn more about outboard benefits here.

Benefits of the Sea Ray SLX with I/O Motor

Since this version of the SLX does not have the motor mounted to the transom, it gives you more of a platform at the back of the boat with an option for a manual swim step. You get more room to interact with the water as well as making it easier to get in and out.

Which version is right for me?

If you're stuck between an I/O or and outboard, we recommend consulting your local MarineMax boating specialist to steer you in the right direction. Your overall boating goals and lifestyle/usage must be accounted for and they'll have all the know-how to help you get in the right boat.

We look forward to seeing you out on the water!

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