When it comes to powering your boat or marine vessels, you cannot go wrong with an outboard engine. Reliable, more powerful, and requiring easier to maintain than its inboard equivalent, they’ve become the engine of choice for many boating enthusiasts in recent years – and for good reason.

With so many outboard engines on the market though, you want to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth which leads us to one very important question – how much does an outboard engine cost?

With so many different factors affecting an outboard engine’s price, you can expect to pay anything from as little as a few thousand pounds to up to £70,000 for the most powerful and latest outboard engines.

This large difference in price can be attributed to a number of factors, such as the horsepower of the outboard engine, fuel output, and whether you are buying an engine brand new or second-hand.

Horsepower of an outboard engine

When looking to buy an outboard engine, one of the first things you’ll likely look for is the engines’ horsepower

Higher horsepower means the outboard engine can move a heavier weight in a shorter amount of time, with one horsepower equalling the ability to move a weight of 550 pounds one foot in one second. From there, it’s easy to see how a higher horsepower equals an outboard engine that can only power your boat or vessel faster but is also capable of ensuring bigger boats and vessels can still hit those all-important speeds.

Generally speaking though, the higher the horsepower of the outboard engine, the more expensive it will cost.

Should I pick a petrol or diesel outboard engine?

While the horsepower is an important factor when considering the cost of your outboard engine, it is just as important to consider whether you want to opt for a petrol or diesel.

The majority of outboard engines will be either petrol or diesel powered, with both having their advantages and disadvantages. While diesel engines can typically be more expensive, they require less maintenance and are far more cost effective to run due to being more economical, giving you further range for your money.

Buying new vs buying a preowned outboard engine

Types of outboard engines aside, one of the simplest yet biggest factors that will affect the cost of an outboard engine is whether you are buying the engine brand new or second-hand.

Buying second-hand will naturally save you a lot of money compared to if you bought the same outboard engine brand new. However, the price drop will likely be due to a good reason – between mileage, potential extra maintenance, and lack of warranty to name just a few, there are lots of factors to consider if you are intending to purchase second-hand.

While buying new will cost you more, you can be assured you know exactly what you are buying is reliable, of the highest quality and in most cases, will come with a warranty or guarantee for added protection.

The CXO300 – The world’s most powerful diesel outboard motor

With 300 horsepower, triple the lifespan than your average outboard engine, and 25% more fuel-efficient, there couldn’t be a better time to upgrade your boat with an engine designed for the future. Find out more about the most powerful diesel outboard motor – the CXO300.