Boat Engine Types Explained
Now let's look at the three types of engines you'll find on powered boats: outboard, inboard and stern drive engines.
What is a Jet Drive Engine?
A Jet Drive engine uses water to propel and steer the boat. Water enters in through an intake on the bottom of the boat and is accelerated through the jet drive unit at the transom, thrusting the boat forward.
Steering is achieved by changing the direction of the stream of water as it leaves the jet unit. REMINDER - Because steering is dependent on the water jet, Jet Drive engines will lose some steering control at low speeds.