Long poles can be used to move a small boat in shallow water. Paddles are mainly
used with a canoe, but many states require that a paddle or pair of oars be part
of a boat's emergency equipment. Oars can be used to move a boat on small bodies
Motor A battery-powered electric motor can be used to move a small boat
slowly on small ponds or on lakes. An electric motor is also often used on boats
with outboard motors. The outboard is used to reach a fishing spot quickly. Then,
the electric motor is used to control the boat's position while fishing.
An outboard motor is a gasoline engine mounted on a boat's stern, the back of
the boat. Outboards range from one-horsepower to large engines of 200 horsepower
or more. You control small outboards with a steering handle, often called a tiller.
Large outboards are controlled with a steering wheel.
Engine An inboard motor is completely inside the boat. Inboard engines
can run on gasoline or diesel fuel and are usually found on boats 18 feet or longer.