Why not treat yourself to a new engine in 2013? If you have been nursing an old outboard or inboard engine for a few years maybe it is time to cut out all the worry and hard work and buy a new one. Now I say a new engine but that does not necessarily  mean a brand new shiny engine from a dealer. It could also mean a replacement engine Рperhaps a few years younger. One with less hours on the clock!

Your new engine might be the same make as your existing lump which could be a good thing. It will fit in to place if it is an inboard engine quite easily with the engine bearers etc not needing altered. Also if you have a load of spares for your existing motor then they could probably be used with your new one. In other words, everything would fit more easily if you simply updated to a younger propulsion unit.

Changing an outboard motor for a new or newer unit is a lot easier. Most accessories such as teleflex controls or fuel leads should fit the new engine. It also gives you the opportunity to either increase the power of the engine or get a smaller more economic power unit. All this needs some consideration.

Looking at this from another angle, you might want to buy another outboard engine as a back up unit for your main propulsion. More and more boat owners are strapping on a smaller outboard to the transom to use when the main engine stops working. This is a good safety feature and one that you should consider.

Installing a secondary inboard engine is quite an undertaking, both in time and expense. The main benefits are safety and manoevreability. Therefore, if it is possible to just add an outboard bracket to the stern and strap on a small outboard motor, this would be easier and a whole lot cheaper!

So, I hope I have given you something to think about at the beginning of this New Year. Will you buy a new engine?