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Old 24 September 2013, 03:36   #81
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Matt ,

No doubt that the old Yamaha is the best respectively lightest motor in his class but the question was which of the current available motors would fit best .
As for balance - with the ETEC on the transom + even a Ribcraft A frame I never felt during the 1000 miles of the RI that my boat was not well balanced .
I think this also depends a lot of the remaining load distribution in the boat . I had for instance a. 90l inbuilt tank in my Osprey console rather than the fuel tanks near the stern on deck as often used .
To say just in general that the boat becomes stern heavy I disagree .
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Old 24 September 2013, 03:51   #82
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Just looking at your set up and it looks similar weight to mine, what speed were you getting ?
The boat does 34knts with a little trim with a 18 P SS prop. So do the other craft with the same set up but the Suzuki df90 is a bit faster

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The time has come to splash out on a nice brand new motor for this Searider! So what's it going to be? E-Tec 90 is looking favorite, weight is about right, still negotiating on price! Suzuki DF90 seems to be on the weight but it's an extra £grand at least! But can it pack the punch of the E-tec? Mercs & Mariners Opti's or EFI too heavy! Maybe at 177kg with this plate on the back I can get away with a 115 V4 E-tec.... Anybody got an E-tec 90 on a 5.4 that is willing to take me for a spin?
What a great job you have done on your SR. Very jealous. Any of those engines suggested will work a treat for your boat. I have changed all of my craft from yammie 2S to big fat 4S. Saving half on fuel, quiet as a mouse and hardly changed the characteristic on any of them. I guess it all depends on how you lay out your kit, weight of kit etc, pitch of prop using and so much more. Good luck deciding
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The time has come to splash out on a nice brand new motor for this Searider! So what's it going to be? E-Tec 90 is looking favorite, weight is about right, still negotiating on price! Suzuki DF90 seems to be on the weight but it's an extra £grand at least! But can it pack the punch of the E-tec? Mercs & Mariners Opti's or EFI too heavy! Maybe at 177kg with this plate on the back I can get away with a 115 V4 E-tec.... Anybody got an E-tec 90 on a 5.4 that is willing to take me for a spin?
P.s don't forget your fishing rod holders if you haven't got them already. Some lovely shiny stainless on eBay for seriously cheap (top of a frame on pic)

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the ideal engine for the SR is a yam 90 .. not because i like them (i do actually) its because its a narrow beamed craft, 150kgs on the rear was so unbalanced and stern happy.. yam 90 is 119kgs i think and perfectly balanced
Unfortunately the 2 stroke Yamaha is not a new option any more! Closest to it might be a Selva Tiger Shark 80hp 3cylinder fuel injected two stroke weighing in at just 120kg!
3 year warranty and a £grand cheaper than an E-tec.

Re 115 A-tec seems to be a similar weight as some of the four strokes others have fitted, any thoughts on this?
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Hmm!
Spoken to several Evinrude dealers and the E-Tec 90 price is now heading up to around £7K fitted. Some even a lot higher than that!

But been offered a really good deal today on a brand new Mercury 90 Optimax, got to decide tonight though.

Heavy lump but they sound so good, look awesome and they are Black!

Need some positive vibes here (so nobody mention Yam90 2st). Just honest practical comments! Anubody running this model on a 5.4?

My hull is blocked off and the the engine thats on in the picture is 136kg (Opti is 171kg)
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IMHO I really do not think you will see any difference on how she sits in the water with an extra 35kg at the back.
Go for it, treat yourself. Used to run 115hp opti's in the marines replacing the Suzuki 140 2S on our MK1 rigid radar and 2x 22' arctic's. Not to shabby on fuel. Big lump with plenty of grunt, with a capped hull you will certainly appreciate the power. Hope it doesn't get twitchy up there at high end
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Thanks Benjy,
Really wanted the lighter weight e-tec 90 but it's at least another £1100 on top of the Opti and truth is I shouldn't be spending that much anyway....

It was also disappointing to see that BRP Evinrude weren't even at the Southampton boat show and that extra BS discount offered by Merc/Mariner has really made the difference!

I think I'll get rid of the auxiliary engine, leave the spare prop and anchor at home and go on a diet. At east I'll be colour coordinated.
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Hmm!
Spoken to several Evinrude dealers and the E-Tec 90 price is now heading up to around £7K fitted.
I installed my ETEC 90 myself and the dealer just registered the motor at their system for warranty startup .
That saved me lot of money .
But I agree that EVINRUDE does not have the best dealernetwork ..
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Bad news took my searider out today with a blocked hull. It has a 75hp 4s Honda 170kg. Experience was not pleasant. Have to add I was being followed by my inst sunny on a flooding 5.4. In wey harbour on an easterly it was choppy out there. The searider handled like a pig. Wollowed around very unstable so can honestly say I am not a fan of capping the holes. The other searider had a great time very balanced with a heavier engine :-(

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Perhaps if you are going to have the holes capped go as light as you can. Slow speed manoeuvres are a pig in any wind an tide also. I'll be soon unblocking that
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