I received this yesterday
If I were buying a new boat today and $$$ were not an issue, I would be in the market for an 18-19 foot aluminum fish 'n ski set up and would likely go with a 150HP Honda 4 stroke now that Evinrude is gone. I also see that Honda has been making 60, 75, 90, 115, 150, 200, 225 and 250 hp models for Tohatsu since 2014 or so.
If I were in the market for a new boat, I would scoop up the boat I wanted with an etec on it in a minute...
Those motors are bulletproof!
30 and under Evenrudes are made By Tohatsu,so are Merc’s.Evenrude dealer told me he can get parts for 20 years. No problem for servicing them in the foreseeable future. Some body will buy up the name,too good of a product and name to die.Cannuks are just fishing until they can get the most cash for the deal!
The very first large Mercury four strokes were black Yamahas I believe. In 2003 they started by painting the popular Yamaha f225 black.
That being said the boat boards are already filling up with larger glass boats with Etecs on them. It appears they are a tough sell as are the ones with the older two stroke Pro XS Mercury.
I thought I read somewhere that Mercury in fond du lac only makes the v6 and the V8 there and the rest are parted out from China and Japan
back in the day when Mercury got into four strokes they used to get their power heads from Johnson
Fin I have a guy that works on his own and has all the stuff he needs to fix any thing on a etec.He can work on any brand and he even does house calls LOL.
Tuffy2, I did plenty of research prior to buying a motor for my Jon boat. I know that Mercury motors 30 hp and less are manufactured by Tohatsu in Japan. I also found that the 40,50 and 60hp Mercury motors are manufactured by Mercury in China. 75 hp and above are manufactured by Mercury in Fond-Du-Lac. When doing my research I found the Tohatsu manufactured motors rated the best of all the Mercury products. Tohatsu also manufactures motors for a couple of other companies. I really was leaning towards the 25 E-Tec even with the price difference, however the Mercury was available cash and carry where the E-Tec was a two week or more wait to order. It was the spring walleye run on the Wolf and I needed a motor now. Now that Evinrude has ceased production I am even happier with my choice.
Eyesman,,,, You have a 25hp Tohatsu.
I guess I’ll just have to find a solution to the problem, if I have a problem. My boat doesn’t have a HP rating high enough for anything made in the USA. Maybe you would sell me one of your Evinrude’s should I need a motor.LOL
Meanwhile I’m 77 years old, so I would hope it will outlast me.
Tuffy, 30 year old engines don't have computers or require proprietary software and specialized dealer only trained diagnostic equipment. These will not ever be aftermarket items. It's not like you can slap in a Chinese made carb kit and file points and be good anymore.
PS -I own two Evinrudes