Could you share your advice, user experience on the Suzuki DF30A or the ETEC 30hp?
Looking for a outboard of 30 HP with tiller. For us is important: reliable, fuel economy and weight (no trailer). Suzuki DF30A and the ETEc 30 are the lightest 30 HP I could find.
We will use it on a zodiac futura MK II or MK III fastroller in coastal areas (North Sea, Scotland, U.K., Holland). Range: upto 20 km (14 miles) from the coast, (if conditions allow).
The suzuki is a new outboard, less weight than the etec. Is there a reason why I should go for the etec or the suzuki? I could not find any user experience or credible tests on the suzuki df30A. The etec 30 seems to have a proven track record.
What I like:
Suzuki DF 30a: new outboard, best technology? No battery, no carburator, fuel injection, lean burn, 4 stroke. Lightest 30hp outboard (long shaft: 63 kg, 139 lbs)
Con: could not find tests, user reports/reviews on the internet
Etec 30 Hp: proven track record of being a good outboard, no battery, no carb, fuel injection, no maintenance for 3 yrs/300 hrs, 2 stroke.
Con: more weight, Long shaft 70 kg, 154 lbs
What is your experience with the etec or the suzuki?
How about maintenance costs?
Reliability? (very important)
(life is about compromises, please do not discuss that we have to trailer
, unfortunately this is not possible for us. If we are at sea 10 miles from the coast with heavy diving equipment, I prefer some extra HP - and endure the weight penalty
from a 30 HP outboard)