About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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  • An outboard is a portable, self-contained package of an engine, gear case, and propeller that is attached to the transom of a boat.
  • A growing number of outboard engines are of four-stroke design, but many are still conventional two-stroke engines that burn oil as a lubricant along with the fuel. New-technology two-stroke outboards are direct-injection engines and burn over 75% cleaner than conventional two-stroke outboards.
  • Steering of outboard boats is controlled by a tiller or steering wheel that swivels the entire engine to direct propeller thrust.
Outboard engine
Outboards have more power per kilogram of weight than do inboard engines.