4 Stroke Honda 90HP or Evinrude 90HP E-Tec
Posted July 31 2008 - 4:53 PM
Is that about right?
Posted July 31 2008 - 5:22 PM
Posted July 31 2008 - 6:08 PM
Confused? don't be!
Everyone is making a great engine now- instead ask yourself who nearby can work on it or handle any warrentee problems. I think you'll find yami and honda pretty popular- The "New" evinrude a bit less and suzuki although another great engine has even less dealers than them.
I would look at the engine with the broadest dealer/service network that is within travel distance from you ( or your intended use of the boat). You'll be happy with any manufacture- provided you're on the water using it.
Posted July 31 2008 - 7:02 PM
As far as real performance issues go. Two-strokes are generally lighter weight (ETEC=320lbs vs Honda=359-365lbs ). Not a huge difference unless it throws off the resting trim of your boat. Two strokes generally have a higher low end torque (and, therefore, low end thrust). This is evident in the ETEC vs 4-stroke video that everyone talks about. Whether this is really important tyo you depends on you boating situation. Noise is generally less in 4-strokes. Honda's extra weight (compared to some other 4-strokes) has been because they have added counter-rotating half-shafts (since their inception) that reduce vibration and therefore reduce noise. Honda is one of the quietest motors out there. ETEC is pretty quiet, too. Both are very fuel efficient. Both have good warranties and reputations of backing their motors (though Bombardier has been in the outboard business for a shorter time than Honda). The ETEC technology is not any older than the 4-stroke technology. They chose to go with different simpler injection technology than other injected 2-strokes, and seem to have fewer injection problems/failures as a result. 4-strokes require more maintenance, but no more than your (4-stroke) car.
You will have to decide whether you believe the internet noise about the two motors, then factor in the dealer service factor that ehiney mentioned and the cost (ETEC is generally cheaper). I recommend talking directly with owners of the motors rather than listening to internet. There are a lot of stories that start, " My Buddy...", " I heard...", or "The guy at the marina...". Some of these stories may be true, but a lot of them are actually third or fouth hand, rather than the first or second hand situations that they lead you to believe. There are also people whose warranty claims were rejected because they didn't meet the warranty criteria. Some are vindictive towards the company. I personally watched a guy try to restart his outboard after the computer shut it down because of insufficient water flow. I warned him not to do it. He ignored me and the results was a loud "bang" followed by the piston rod going through the block.
Take all of the info into acount and make your own decision.
Posted July 31 2008 - 7:40 PM
I'm sure there are many happy Honda owners as well, whatever choice you make will make you one happy boater. Of the choices you make in life... this is one you can't lose on.
Posted August 02 2008 - 9:02 AM
Posted August 02 2008 - 7:23 PM
The Honda is the best for fuel economy but is the slowest and heaviest of the pack.
I had an E-TEC and loved it. Just sold the boat and shipped it to Amsterdam.
My next one will be another E-TEC. It's the lightest and cleanest burning of the pack. It's got the most torque too... No maintenance for the first 3 years, winterization is a 30 second job, it can run with a dead or no battery (the only one) and starts in half a revolution of the flywheel.
No oil changes either....
Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing".
Posted August 03 2008 - 8:12 AM
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Posted August 10 2008 - 3:39 PM
As far as ease of winterization: Change fluids and filter, drain carbs, spray it down with T9, and call it good.
Just my 2 cents
Draw your own conclusions.