Originally Posted by Rokraider
That said, we are going to ditch the E tecs apparently, because they wont allow us to buy the computer that would allow us to do our own maintenance on the engines. We have a very competent marine department and would have happily paid for them to go on the factory maintenance course.
Looks as though we are going Yamaha instead.
You don't buy a computer from Evinrude but you do need their software (and cable) which will run on virtually any windows laptop!
Copied from the Evinrude FAQ's on etecownersgroup website:
Can I obtain the software and cable needed to diagnose my E-TEC?
The diagnostic software CD and interface cable can be ordered from an authorized dealer. The latest CD covers the E-TEC motors and all the FICHT engines.
You will need a serial port on your laptop or a USB-to-serial port adapter kit to hook up the interface cable.
I have also read that the "Yamaha Service Software is only available to dealers" (although like with Evinrude there are lots of copies floating about from unofficial sources.....)
Since this seems to be your major reason for changing brands you might be better checking this out properly with both manufacturers beforehand.
Please let us know how you get on. It would be good to set the record straight.