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Old 13 June 2013, 07:39   #21
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The deal with the 140 Suzukis is that if you go up to 150, it's the next block size up. Loads more torque, but a load more weight as well. IMO, of the 2 the 140 is the better motor for the RC585 hull as it means quite a nicely balanced boat.

Oddly though, the one I've seen with a 150 Opti on, spanked its ass...
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Old 13 June 2013, 07:42   #22
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Do you not miss the extra grunt the 150 would have given you? 17% more hp is quite a lot of difference.. not to mention the increase in torque. From what people say the increase in weight seems to be well outweighed by those factors.

Personally I would put Suzuki at the top of any 4/ stroke list, assuming you wanted to buy a fourstroke, which clearly you wouldn't...

Obviously different factors affect different hulls more than others. For example, weight and balance are more important than power with the Vipermax hull which is why they are best suited to etecs. The Optimax is good too but it's only USP is its price nowadays, the technology isn't really up there anymore IMHO. Merc have focussed on the Verados more, where as evinrude have continued to refine the etecs.
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they say the same thing....I just didn't comment on the RC specifically because I have little experience of them...in fact I asked a question about them..
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I thought that too.

My take on it is this-and while I do own an Opti, it wasn't a deliberate choice-it just happened to be what was on the boat when I bought it.

Optis have been around longer than Etecs, but Optis were WAY ahead of the 2 stroke competition (Ficht Rams! )when they were launched.

They're now a proven motor that doesn't use any more fuel or oil than Etecs and they cost less.If you like the glorious howl they produce,why wouldn't you buy one?

Everything else tech-wise is just refinement debugging then fripperies and bloatware.
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they say the same thing....I just didn't comment on the RC specifically because I have little experience of them...in fact I asked a question about them..
I see what you're saying. Maybe you could have worded it a bit better as it came across more confrontational than as a question.
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I see what you're saying. Maybe you could have worded it a bit better as it came across more confrontational than as a question.
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Optis have been around longer than Etecs, but Optis were WAY ahead of the 2 stroke competition (Ficht Rams! )when they were launched.

They're now a proven motor that doesn't use any more fuel or oil than Etecs and they cost less.If you like the glorious howl they produce,why wouldn't you buy one?

Everything else tech-wise is just refinement debugging then fripperies and bloatware.
Optis were miles ahead of Fichts, and possibly still slightly ahead of the Ficht Ram but not by much.

They are good, and indeed I have just (sort of) bought one. I do like the noise personally but I think for the majority of people prefer quietness of 4/ or etec, having to turn the engine off the whole time isn't really ideal. Lets not forget that at first Optis had their fair share of issues.. compressors what

Maybe five years ago when we bought our boat they were on a par but I think now the etec is fair bit more advanced than the opti, especially with rigging etc. Can you get the Verado fly by wire or joystick control on the optis?
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I thought that too.

My take on it is this-and while I do own an Opti, it wasn't a deliberate choice-it just happened to be what was on the boat when I bought it.

Optis have been around longer than Etecs, but Optis were WAY ahead of the 2 stroke competition (Ficht Rams! )when they were launched.

They're now a proven motor that doesn't use any more fuel or oil than Etecs and they cost less.If you like the glorious howl they produce,why wouldn't you buy one?

Everything else tech-wise is just refinement debugging then fripperies and bloatware.
But then etecs have the upper hand due to
1. advertisement- I think etecs were pushed much harder. I actually had to go on the mariner website to find they had created the opti!
2. they produce smaller engines. People normally start with a smaller engine and boat, they decide they want to move up and because the etec is a decent engine they decided to stick with it and get a bigger etec.
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Can you get the Verado fly by wire or joystick control on the optis?
You mean DTS?

Joystick control is a multi-engine thing anyway, so while it'd be nice, you'd have to have twins at least. I suspect the system is rather expensive as well-it involves independent powered steering on each motor.

Agreed, the Optis did have issues.They aren't unique in that. By and large they're sorted now though.

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yes-etecs are available in smaller motors and that's definitely a selling point. I wouldn't want an Opti below 115hp-the 75 and 90 are seriously heavy beasts.
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^ All of this.
...I imagine the 5.8 Osprey would ''Go well'' with the 150 Opti Brad.....????
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You mean DTS?

Joystick control is a multi-engine thing anyway, so while it'd be nice, you'd have to have twins at least. I suspect the system is rather expensive as well-it involves independent powered steering on each motor.
Yes but whether it is available or not is indicative of a manufacturer's investment in that product line...especially since the most of the top brands have it now...
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