Thanks for the heads up on the Yamaha F60. It is pretty much the same weight as the Honda 60 and the ETEC 65. It would be interesting to see head to head comparisons of these 3 on a 4.5-5m inflatable.
I have had excellent reliablilty with my 2 stroke Yamaha, and I have put it through a lot. The purpose of the upgrade would be for the extra power and the fuel economy.
I've been following Kerny's thread about his ETEC 60, and am curious as to how that will all pan out. Hopefully it is a very one off thing, and that Evinrude will take proper care of him.
The fact that the ETECs do not require a battery to operate, whereas 4 strokes and TLDIs do, is a huge consideration for me. I realize that you can rope start outboards that are normally have electric start, but my understanding is that with 4 strokes and TLDIs, is that you still need some battery power to keep them going, and if the battery is not charging, your engine will stop. Or am I incorrect about this?
I generally do not have good luck with electronic gadgetry. I use electronic items for their convenience, but would not want to be fully dependent upon them for mobility, navigation or distress calls (I always have map, compass signaling devices with me).