I was just flipping the channels on the TV, and came across a 30 minute Evinrude E-Tec infomercial ad. I couldn't beleive my eyes, a long-form TV ad for a boating product!
Not that I beleive everything I see on television (being an advertising guy myself!!), but if I weren't sold on that motor before, I would be now. Some pretty compelling head to head tests vs. Verado and Yamaha (using "standard" props on various boats, whatever that means). Also made me realize added inefficiencies of 4-strokes vis-a-vis parasitic friction loads and pumping losses. Interesting.
They're also pushing a rebate up to $1000 USD or free 4 year warranty extension in the US. Rebate is $4/hp, all on purchases prior to 3/31/06. Wish I could afford a new 90 or 75 for the old Searider!
If you're interested, you can watch the video online at http://e-tectvoffer.com
A rather boaty day for me, as I finally picked up and installed a new impeller for the 25 year old Mercury.
Just need to refill lube and reinstall the lower unit.