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Old 14 September 2015, 06:37   #31
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As another aside, on collecting mine from OSM Lostwithiel last week, I noticed a tatty looking old 150 FICHT Ram on a stand. The tech said that it was a 1998 and had done over 2000 hours without fault, of commercial use on 'Turncoat', a Fowey Harbour launch. "Bulletproof, those things" was his verdict.
Shame they still don't make them eh
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Old 14 September 2015, 08:10   #32
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But in my experience nothing beats REGULAR inspection/care and maintenance to mitigate potential problems arising...
Totally agree...

So in summary:

Evinrude are not saying DONT inspect your engine for 5 years, and frankly any boat owner that does not inspect their boat on a regular basis is going to suffer as a result, and if they want to pay for someone to inspect their boat for them then that is their choice. However as the owner if you are confident to check the basics as outlined in the owners manual, then with an E-tec and several other brands of engine, you can inspect yourself and save yourself the cost.
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Old 14 September 2015, 09:26   #33
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I don't get a company like Evinrude who seem to have as one of their main sales points that you choose your colour. It just seems flaky/ desperate as a selling point for a big company ?

I cant even see they have a stand at the Southampton show ? why haven't they got one this year ?
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I don't get a company like Evinrude who seem to have as one of their main sales points that you choose your colour. It just seems flaky/ desperate as a selling point for a big company ?
Firstly it is one of many sales points, but IMO not a bad idea. Why not choose an outboard that matches your boat ?

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I cant even see they have a stand at the Southampton show ? why haven't they got one this year ?
Yes disappointing I agree, they are relying more on boat builders showing the engines on boats and only have a small presence on a shared stand. You would think with the release of the new engine that they would want to really push the boat out.
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Old 14 September 2015, 11:43   #35
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are BRP buying transoms in the UK? it is the in thing over the pond certainly.
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Firstly it is one of many sales points, but IMO not a bad idea. Why not choose an outboard that matches your boat ?
But its just not something to be made into such a big thing as in the headline words?

Don't see why they don't lead with some more practical stuff like the funny electric steering thingy or something.
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But its just not something to be made into such a big thing as in the headline words?

Don't see why they don't lead with some more practical stuff like the funny electric steering thingy or something.

When you walk down the street & cast a roving eye over the people walking bye, do you think "blimey! I bet she/he* has a first in astro physics" or is it more "by 'eck! look at the chassis/lunchbox* on that"

Go figure!

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Here's one for all the Etec knockers, most who will have never been on a Etec powered boat, let alone driven or owned one. This weekend was the Great River Race. A fair contingent of Ribnobburs took part including myself & Hadd. 2 identical hulls RC545s. One has an Etec 130 the other a Suzuki DF140a. Both boats did identical route at same speed. Anyone care to hazard the fuel figures for both engines? Approximately 3.5hours at 8kn & 5 hours at tickover
.....sh1t happens.......
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I don't get a company like Evinrude who seem to have as one of their main sales points that you choose your colour. It just seems flaky/ desperate as a selling point for a big company ?

I cant even see they have a stand at the Southampton show ? why haven't they got one this year ?
Given that most people buy cars on looks, brand and colour as much of not more than the mechanics not sure why boat engines would be any different. If all the rib builders declared grey was the most practical or orange the safest don't you think there would be a market for people who want to choose their own tubes? Same argument really - surely the hull, the build quality, the fabric, the ergonomics are all more important. It is a highly competitive mature market though and marginal differences are the differentiators.

Do you know what it costs to build a credible stand the size you would expect, get stock etc there, staff it etc. And they don't sell direct so you can't even tangibly measure the upside. Alternatively you can subsidise demo engines on builders boats, winning you support from them letting people see / try them afloat for probably a fraction of the cost.
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...I know you've read my posts on the subject...don't tell you've forgotten already!
So for those of us who are a bit rusty. When you owned an etc they were great and you never complained about the low service intervals and overlooked the ficht era but now you've changed horse you are trolling up old ficht stuff, saying the service interval is wrong and jumping to conclusions about impellers and plugs you could easily Google and see are wrong... Who are you trying to convince? Is it the world or yourself that the Soozie is the best thing since, well a Yamaha? [insert random smiley here to show its all in jest]
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