Argh! I thought we were doing knots tonight! Nope. It was all about engines. Never mind that in almost every other class they’ve talked about engines – Especially during the “Handling your boat” section.
It was mentioned that most larger sailboats go with diesel engines. Diesel are safer and more reliable than gasoline engines, but they weigh more. Sailboats can handle the heavier engines and reliability is very important when you’re cruising long distances and have only 1 engine.
Unfortunately most of the class was about engines on power boats. Boat engines fall into 3 categories – Inboards, Inboard/Outboard, and outboard.
Technically, there is a fourth – Water Jet. One place those are used in is jetskis, but you don’t need a picture of that do you? Well, ok…
Just for fun, here is a picture of my outboard.
Only one more boating safety class to go. Knots!