E-tec G2 200HO Initial Feedback and Results
Seeing as we have one on the back of our 6.8 demo boat, I though it would be useful to post up some stats for anyone looking to repower or buy one with a new RIB...
We have an XL shaft 200HO on the back of a 6.8 meter Vipermax. The Vipermax is running a fairly standard layout with Jockey Seats and no back bench seat.
The 6.8 is rated for 200HP and we often supply these with 150 or 175 E-tecs which will happily achieve 40 knots with a full tank of fuel and 4 people on board. Fuel consumption with a 150 E-tec would be around 1 litre per Nautical Mile at cruising speeds.
So a comparison.... both boats were 1 man on board, half tank of fuel speeds measured on slack water in both directions then averaged:
Weight - 196KG
Anti Vent Plate Height above transom - 2"
Prop - Viper 19"
WOT Speed Trimmed out - 43 knots.
WOT RPM Trimmed out - 5600
Fuel Consumption at 30 knots - average 32 litres an hour
Fuel Consumption at 40 knots - average 55 litres an hour
E-tec G-2 200HO:
Anti Vent Plate Height above transom - 5"
Prop - RX4 20"
WOT Speed - Trimmed out - 50.5 knots
WOT RPM - Trimmed out 5400
Fuel Consumption at 30 knots - average 26 litres per hour
Fuel Consumption at 40 knots - average 37 litres per hour
When we rigged the engine we had some concerns about the additional 50KGs hanging off the back, however the performance is outstanding and the 6.8 manages the extra weight with no discernible impact on handling. I still cant quite believe how little fuel it uses!
The DPS power steering is excellent and you can set the amount of help it provides via the 4.3" touchscreen that is now shipped instead of gauges.
There is still some fine tuning to be done and we are going to test a few other props. However the Evinrude RX4 prop is amazing, and even with the engine set so high on the transom it still grips and pulls away without any fuss even if trimmed out to 50%.