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Old 02 July 2009, 05:47   #11
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I'd echo the sentiments about dealers - a good local dealer is a blessing!

Honda should be very reliable. A bonus with them is that when they are finally retired they can be deep sixed to make the perfect mooring anchor - being so heavy and all.

For what it's worth, Redbay fit Suzukis and Ermintrudes as their preferred 4 and 2 strokes. This despite them being one of the biggest Yamaha inboard fitters in the UK. Don't ask me if the margins are the reason!
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Old 09 July 2009, 09:55   #12
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Ok guys blank canvas I am thinking of renewing my engine and I would like the same HP. I am confused by the counter claims of all the main producers and would be interested in your comments also wether 2 or 4 stroke.
Thanks for your comments.
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All recieved points are valid, however as someone who recently picked a 150 for the same part of the world, same boat, same application,I'll give you the reason I picked suzuki;

1)CC's as a user in a remote part of the world reliablity was high up the list
150hp out of 2.9ltr is lazy and unstressed.
2)I dived off a osprey 5.5 with a 20 year old 75( it did it almost every weekend for the 20 years) suz and it was reliable.this in the face of all the stories about them corroding away.
3)211kg made it the lightest in the 4 st 150 range, I decided on 4 st for the noise or lack of (power wasn't going to be an issue on a 5.8 mtr rib) also 2.9 ltr=torque.
I like looking after things,so the fact I could change oil filters etc was attractive.
Twin counter rotating balancer shafts make it very smooth.


I've not had a problem apart from tilting it up to much, causing it to burn a little oil on start up. My fault,as it has a tilt limiting switch.

If I was doing it again,the only other engine I would now consider would be the 150 evinrude due to weight 190kg...there no getting away from the fact the engine is heavy.However I still think I made the right choice.

I'd have put the DF175 on but Ribcraft wouldn't do it, it's the same weight...
couple of bob more no penalty,might be an issue if you insure it though.
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Old 09 July 2009, 09:59   #13
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While only owning a 2.5 Suz - which is world away from 150 . I'd say a bloody good choice ! They seem very well built & shoudl give you the reliability you need - when your motor stops at the ' wrong' moment most woudl pay any money to get it going again at that particular moment !
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Old 09 July 2009, 10:55   #14
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Tx Ian & Blackroady
your comments as always are well sourced and bourne out of experience and that was exactly what i was looking for when I posted the thread. Ian I appreciate your comments as we both have the same rig.

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Old 09 July 2009, 13:33   #15
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Tx Ian & Blackroady
your comments as always are well sourced and bourne out of experience and that was exactly what i was looking for when I posted the thread. Ian I appreciate your comments as we both have the same rig.

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Billy,
There's a group of us heading out to the islands on the 21st August, from Dunstaffnage, if you can hold off until then,your welcome to take mine for a blat..at least you'll be able to compare it against a 2 stroke.. In fact if you can drink 346 pints in one night ( I can't), The planned venue for the Friday night is the pub in Tobermory.
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Old 09 July 2009, 14:33   #16
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I have an ETec on my boat. I've done well over 1,000 miles in the 12 months or so that I've had it and save for a barely noticeable oil leak on the leg (that had to be pointed out to me by the dealer and which was quickly fixed under warranty) I've had no problems whatsoever. I admit ETecs are pricey and the big block models like mine do burn their fair share of fuel but they're simple engines that are light, fast and very reliable. They don't need running in, only require servicing every three years and sound all the money; they're definitely worth looking at.


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They are all good at the 150hp range. Differences are marginal, my optimax is good for fuel but a bit noisy, no real probs from it. If I was buying a new one though I would consider four stroke and also it would be the dealer that is the most important thing to me. The Yampower guy in Glasgow appears to be a good dealer and honest with it. Haven't had any dealings with the others near by though.
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Billy,
There's a group of us heading out to the islands on the 21st August, from Dunstaffnage, if you can hold off until then,your welcome to take mine for a blat..at least you'll be able to compare it against a 2 stroke.. In fact if you can drink 346 pints in one night ( I can't), The planned venue for the Friday night is the pub in Tobermory.
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thanks I will try and get up to meet you at Dunstafffange on the Fri afternoon for catchup at least, be in touch.
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They are all good at the 150hp range. Differences are marginal, my optimax is good for fuel but a bit noisy, no real probs from it. If I was buying a new one though I would consider four stroke and also it would be the dealer that is the most important thing to me. The Yampower guy in Glasgow appears to be a good dealer and honest with it. Haven't had any dealings with the others near by though.
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I agree with your points. The main problem I have here on the Sound of Jura area is that all the dealers are 'full eastern promise' if you catch my drift. One guy is great and services the mariner but is not clued up on them enough when something funny goes and I can understand that. That is why my main consideration was the dealer and why I was asking my original questions to gather some info before the deed is done.
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Old 09 July 2009, 17:47   #20
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I am an E-tec fan and have had 2 of them over the last 3 years.

However.....if your nearest Evinrude Dealer is a long way away then you have to consider that any engine can go wrong. I have just had to have the top engine mounts replaced on my 150 because one had failed (probably from birth) and this then over worked the other till they both went.

It took several dealer visits to get this resolved as it was quite an unusual problem and took a few attempts to diagnose.

Having said this in no way has it taken the shine off and i still would have another.

You have to weigh up the pros and cons and factor in that problems can occur with any brand and how would far are you willing to travel if you have to visit the dealer 3 times to get the problem fixed.

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