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When buying a new or used outboard from a dealer, you may get asked some pretty basic but important questions as to what you need. From my experience, most boaters generally know what size motor they are looking for but there are also those who don't quite understand the lingo of outboards. Words like shaft length, side mount, and tiller are completely foriegn to them. Which is fine but these things are essential to pairing the right motor with your boat. This article will cover some key terms and basic outboard knowledge that you should know before running out to purchase a motor.