Originally Posted by Hightower
I would start by going to your local dealer and asking him which one he would prefer?
PS. Can anyone tell the difference in engine noise beween a 4 and 2 stroke when travelling faster that 30 knotts on a RIB?
That was how my shopping started... I went to a dealer that sold Yamaha, Etec and Merc. His comment was to pass on the Optis, the Verados were awesome, but fussy, and that either the Etec or Yamaha would be great engines. (He suggested the Yamaha mainly because I could reuse my gauges, controls and cables... so less $$)
As for noise... I am afraid of "re-starting" my engine while it's already running at the dock. But as you point out Hightower, once you're flying along, all you hear is wind anyway...
I must confess that while I'm accelerating, I am not thrilled with the sound of the engine... It kinda sounds like a little truck!