Johnson Outboard Motors

Outboard motors are a big part of fishing from a boat. An outboard motor is responsible for moving the boat around the water. In turn, this gives you time for fishing, swimming, or any water activity.

What is the difference between Johnson outboards?

Johnson was an American company started in the year 1908 focusing on machinery including outboard motors. It passed to the Outboard Marine Corporation in 1935. It was eventually acquired by Bombardier and became part of the Evinrude brand. Johnson Outboards stopped production of new units in the year 2007, though Evinrude still supports the brand.

Johnson outboards may be referred to as OMC in some cases, though the engine itself will display the Johnson name. Their outboards are typically broken into a few categories.

  • Vintage motors: Vintage models are generally from the year 1960 and before. While useable, most of those motors are considered antiques and collectors’ items.
  • Classic motors: Classic motors encompass the 60s, 70s and 80s. While older, a well-maintained classic outboard can easily serve as a functional motor.
  • Contemporary motors: Contemporary units were produced in the 90s and 2000s until brand production was halted. Parts for modern motors are still available, as the brand is still supported.
What are some features in an active use outboard?

Modern Johnson and OMC models from the 90s onward are still circulated. They make a fine choice for your boat, combining value and reliability. Most modern outboards have some common parts and measurements to be aware of. These include the actual parts of the motor, as well as ratings such as horsepower.

  • Output: Engine output is a vital measurement of an outboard, which uses horsepower, or HP. The greater the HP, the more power your boat has, and the faster it will go. Bigger boats needs more HP to account for the additional weight.
  • Cylinders:The engine output comes from the cylinders and can range anywhere from a v2 to a full v8. The v2, v3 and v4 models can generate up to 160 HP, which is adequate for boats 17 feet or less. Boats around the 20-foot size should consider a v8 engine, which can produce almost 600 HP.
  • 2-stroke versus 4-stroke: The engine itself will usually be either a 2- or 4-stroke model. The 2-stroke is generally more powerful, while the 4-stroke consumes less fuel. The 4-stroke models are also quieter than their 2-stroke counterparts.
  • Mounting bracket: The mounting bracket should be standard and will allow mounting on any appropriate craft. A separate unit will need to be purchased if not included.
  • Shaft: Shaft length is generally from 20 inches to 25 inches, which should suffice for the majority of craft.