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Old 14 October 2015, 08:30   #1
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Who makes the best outboards these days? If you were to buy a brand new outboard which make would you choose assuming price is not a problem. The main criteria in my opinion are:

1. Reliability
2. Fuel efficiency
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4. Ease to maintain
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Old 14 October 2015, 09:09   #3
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I'm a Yamaha man myself, had the smallest to the biggest with many in between. Never had a problem but they tend to be more expensive. You gets what you pay for
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For performance & ease of maintenance you can't beat an Etec.



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Who makes the best outboards these days? If you were to buy a brand new outboard which make would you choose assuming price is not a problem. The main criteria in my opinion are:

1. Reliability
2. Fuel efficiency
3. Performance
4. Ease to maintain
Yamaha for dealer network, longevity, and fuel economy. Once you start getting past a few hundred hours, the cost of timing belts and valve adjustments will start to add up. Once you start getting around 800-1000 hours, the engine will probably start to burn a little oil, but it will still be usable... caused by a combination of ring wear and valve guide wear.

Evinrude ETEC for ease of maintenance (lots of shared parts between ETEC models) and performance. However, a rebuild at about 1500 hours is recommended.
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Best Manufacturer...? Strange question really...Best engine is what suits the Boat you have and the type of Boating you do best..ie size of RIB..Crew...Range..Petrol-Diesel-2-4 stroke....and of course...how fast you want to do it!
Not forgetting Budget
(weight-performance-economy-and ease of servicing and backup-parts will all have a bearing)...and a Biggie these days of 5yr warrantys across the board is what DEAL you can get!
If you really have to ask the question...you need to do some more Homework IMO.
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For performance & ease of maintenance you can't beat an Etec.



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Begs the question PD!
Why did you engine you're new RIB with a Suzuki?
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Begs the question PD!
Why did you engine you're new RIB with a Suzuki?
I keep asking meself the same question I was offered a deal I couldn't refuse
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I think you are looking at this problem backward. All of the main engines are good now a days. The main factor I would consider is the ease to getting the engine to a proper repair shop if some thing goes wrong. I have an ETec it has been very good thus far. I have one dealer circa 35 miles away whom I do not trust and a dealer circa 100miles away who I do trust. There is a suzi dealer circa 15miles away and a good Yam dealer circa 40 miles away. If I was buying again I would probably by a yam just because there is a good dealer not that far away. I am now starting to service the etec myself which is also a good thing as you get to know your own engine properly.

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I think you are looking at this problem backward. All of the main engines are good now a days. The main factor I would consider is the ease to getting the engine to a proper repair shop if some thing goes wrong. I have an ETec it has been very good thus far. I have one dealer circa 35 miles away whom I do not trust and a dealer circa 100miles away who I do trust. There is a suzi dealer circa 15miles away and a good Yam dealer circa 40 miles away. If I was buying again I would probably by a yam just because there is a good dealer not that far away. I am now starting to service the etec myself which is also a good thing as you get to know your own engine properly.



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