i have done a lot of research on the current engines and i think you can do a lot worse than optis, they are proven as you say, Etecs are the latest technology but they are not strides ahead of optis in terms of performance, economy etc, i have reviewed quite a few reports from the usa and quite often optis come out on top for economy, equal for performance or an etec 1mph faster so i think a lot of it comes down to personal choice. For me etecs have not gained a significant advantage in terms of design and performance over the optis to warrant the risk. Personal view I know...
it seems the large 4strokes like verados are very thirsty especially at speed, very expensive, and very quiet but also not as fast as optis, that is why etec are happy to market against verados as they can perform better than verados but not optis!!!
some folks have said about the noise levels but i actually do like the noise i must say.
ask for a price for a pair of 2005 optis and look for a cracking deal, i know there are some out there, was a 2005 225 at the boat show
i purchased a 200 opti for my rib in dec
the smartcraft gauges etc are superb and feel free to ask any questions you like on em and with other engines you pay more for smartcraft gauge type functionality
also go for the gen 2 binnacle type controls and ultraflex top of the range cables
Originally Posted by Magnum
I'm leaning towards a pair of 225 Optis. They are well proven, light and I am told are supplied with good instrumention although not sure if this is the SC1000 system
? Price is good too.