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Old 08 February 2007, 13:03   #1
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Evinrude E-TEC vs Yamaha 115 4-stroke

Greetings all outboard enthusiasts.

Well it is time to "refresh" my outboards on my 24' aluminum hulled whale-watching RIB.

Originally I planned to put twin Yamaha 115 4-strokes on it, 3 years ago, but ended up going with the Honda 130s ( a private, "demo" deal ). My Honda dealer is losing Honda line, and is suggesting the Evinrude E-TECs. I could go up to twin 150s ($$) or down to 115s ....... or the Yamaha 115s that I think would do alright too. ...... but how much speed am I going to lose and/or increase gas consumption from my 130s?

The twin 130s (approx 1000 hours) are fully dealer maintained and have alot of life in them, if someone is looking for a great set up (or possibly separately).

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Old 08 February 2007, 14:55   #2
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The less noise the better i would of thought in your game Tom
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Go with Etec

I looked at the Etec vs the Yamaha and Honda 4strokes when I was looking at a new 24' Apex rib. From what I saw, the Etec were just as quiet as the 4strokes, weighed about 100 pounds less PER ENGINE, and had a lot less moving parts so there is less to wear out. You only have to fill up the oil reservoir only once a season. They engines can also be diagnosed using your own laptop. These are state of the art and have great warranties
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Old 21 February 2007, 08:20   #4
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but is the cost difference "worth it"?

but they cost so much more!! ... are they really "worth" that much extra?

PLUS, I'd have to switch EVERYTHING (binnacle mount throttle), switches etc.

Honda has come out with new motors, and now have a 135 which seems to be same base as the 150. Has anyone seen any reviews?

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