TAHOE® boats come factory rigged with either a Mercury® outboard or MerCruiser® sterndrive engine, depending on the model.
Whichever you choose, both engine styles pair perfectly with our exclusive POWERGLIDE® hull found on every model.
Which motor is right for you?
To start, you need to know the difference between the styles. A sterndrive, also known as an inboard/outboard or I/O, uses a marine-adapted automotive engine mounted inside the hull near the transom. It drives a mechanism that looks and operates similar to the lower unit and steering operation of an outboard. Because the drive unit projects from the stern, it's called a sterndrive. Since the sterndrive combines the components of an inboard-type engine with an outboard-type drive, it is also called an inboard/outboard or I/O.
An outboard is a specialized marine engine that uses components designed for marine use only. It is attached to the boat's transom and turns to provide steering.