The outboard motor has been the most common method of propelling a small boat or watercraft. Perfect for fishing on a lake or reservoir, they provide steering capabilities as well, using a pivoting mount to control the direction of propulsion. Unlike an inboard motor, an outboard motor can be easily detached and stored when not in use.
The first known outboard motor dates back to 1870, which was invented by Gustave Trouvé and later patented in 1880.
Historically, 2-stroke motors were the most common, due to their low cost and simplicity. However, the 2-stroke motor has been harder to produce because of recent exhaust emissions regulations, and they have been replaced with quieter, more-efficient 4-stroke motors.