Originally Posted by gibbo500
The boat is rated for maximum 30hp, why do you favour the Etec? I think alot of people in the UK are a bit scepticle about Etec, not too sure why?
If I would have to chose between a 4 stroke and a EFI 2 strokes would preffer the latter as I like 2 strokes simple & reliable engine technology. Etecs are supossed to be highest evolved 2 strokes enines, have reached top of the line 2 strokes technology. Anyway, buy from a reputed dealer who has the technical squills and original parts to service engine when needed, and offers good factory warranty.
Etecs and 4 strokes have not received a good customers response down here, mainly because of cost, dealers are not prepared to service them, need costly equipment to do so. Love to service with a screwdriver, like in the good old days! Although been offered 4 strokes and TLDI Tohatsu technology, will stick with 2 strokes untill they are finally cut out of production.
Wait for 4 strokes, Etecs fans, for a technical pros/cons post about these types of engines. Personally cannot help you with this issue as not being a 4 strokes, EFI fan owner. Definitely a 30 HP would be far superior to any 20 HP engine in planing faster, more end speed, more load to carry.