Why Evinrude and Johnson?
Yamaha makes a good motor too, but I wanted usa made.
E tec is made in Wisconsin ,KEEPS PEOPLE HERE WORKING.
mercury lost me when they started making small motors in china.
My old boat has a 1993 evinrude ,still runs great, starts first pull.
Everyone will have their opinion and own preference, but I will pass along a very positive recommendation for these motors.
When Johnson was still making outboards they were extremely popular. Did anyone not have a Johnson 9.9 growing up? Heck, they have not made Johnson outboards in years, and they are still easy to find.
As for present time, Evinrudes are made in Wisconsin, as are Mercs. Stands to reason that you are going to see plenty of boats for sale with either a Merc., or an Evinrude on back. Did you ever go to Janesville when GM still had their plant open? 9 out of 10 cars driving through town were made by GM.
Also JB I agree, everything Yami makes is reliable. Their snowmobiles, outboards, or waverunners. My Dad has a Yami on back of his pontoon, great motor.