evenrude etec motors
I had a 2007 ETEC 200 HO. That 200 HP engine was a 3.3L. I pushed a Lund Baron Magnum OB that had a Honda 9.9Hp kicker hanging on the transom, total weight boat, motors, gear, batteries, fuel and crew was right around 4000 pounds. Top speed with a Viper 21 pitch stainless blade was 49 mph on the GPS. When Evinrude said that it took only one revolution to start I found that a little hard to believe but I soon found out that claim was true and the temperature or storage never effected startup, just turn the key and it starts and idles at 450 rpm, no smoke, no smell and no noise. It was great to be at the dock letting the ETEC warm-up a bit before starting out to fish. I can’t tell you how many guys asked me when I was going to start that ETEC up, I’d just and put it in reverse and back up a say “it’s already running”.
I ran the XD-100 right from the start for oil. One other claim Evinrude advertises is no break in period, I decided to test that claim. So we motored out for South Shore on a flat calm afternoon. It took 5 minutes running time to clear the breakwall and then I went to WOT, about 5300 rpm and ran there for 20 minutes without a hesitation, whipper or snort.
The holeshot was unbelievable even with the 3 blade Viper prop. The boat should have had a 17 or 18 pitch Cyclone, 4 blade, prop to lift the transom better at midrange RPMs and because my ETEC 200 HO was suppose to run between 5500 and 5650 RPMs at WOT.
The three year, 300 hour maintenance cost was under $200 parts and labor. The parts replaced were the six spark plugs, the spin on fuel filter, the lower unit oil and the water pump impeller.
The ETECs cost a little more but you’ll not be sorry you bought one. Just pick a good boat dealer who is a certified Evinrude ETEC shop.
Here's a link to the ETEC Owners Group Website, lots more stuff to read before you buy, you should read up before getting a motor.
Simply the most amazing engine I've ever run! This technology is so incredible I really don't know why anyone would go a different route. This puts anything else I've run or boats that I've ridden in to shame.
She fogs herself down for winter with the touch of a button. If it gets warm out in January and you want to get out, no worries, she'll start right up and fog herself down again in about a minute.
The Etec runs at 100:1, is extremely quiet, ultra low emissions, just sips fuel, and is incredibly dependable. Also, because it is a two stroke it doesn't weight very much, and has a great hole shot.
When I started her up this Spring after her 4 month nap, she started up like I had run her for two hours and just turned her off.
There is nothing not to like about this motor, and it's made right here in Wisconsin.
My last motor was a Merc. XR 6 150 hp. Nice motor that never let me down, but it guzzled gas and was a bit cold blooded. The Etec has all the benefits of a 4 stroke (fuel economy, quiet operation, low emissions) but can do some unique things because it is a two stroke.