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02-01-2008 08:59 PM
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

I'm thinking E-Tech on my next boat.
02-01-2008 06:44 PM
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

For what its worth I have a 1973 evinrude on my boat and it starts everytime.

02-01-2008 06:15 PM
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

I like the verados as well but they are fairly recent IIRC so I think Im limited to 2006 and newer.

Here are a couple Im interested in.

Nice boat. A little overpriced IMO, but a lot of bang for your buck.

Sweet price, Etec but no kicker.

Pretty damn close to perfect. Optimax motor.

I like the Ranger 619VS but they changed the hull in '07 to a 96" beam and a 225 max HP from the 200 HP. IIRC, the triton has a 93" beam and seems to be about 5K less than a comprable ranger.

Obviously thats a lot of boat for Colorado waters but I would like to fish three people comfortably and be able to fish places like Oahe, Lake Michigan and possibly Erie safely. Id also like to try my hand at some tourneys when and if I get good enough.
02-01-2008 04:26 PM
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

I am a Mercury fan! You know that time. I think they are all good but I would only buy a Merc or Yamaha. These lakes are so small here we don't have to worry about how much fuel it used. How much fuel can you go thru on a lake that is 6 miles long Have to 1998 200EFI now and never a single problem and it is pretty much always WOT. Looks like brand new and runs like it also.

Wouldn't buy a Evinrude just from the non reliable sleds Ski Doo put out. Also the video they made it stupid!! Sure they are going to put them self as number one. Merc has one also saying they have the best fuel economy and the fastest.

What is your price range Tim? That will help to narrow down a year and size you can afford.
02-01-2008 03:27 PM
GrnMtn Eye Chaser
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

No sheet l t - that's one awesome boat!

4 verados - I don't stand a chance against that one
02-01-2008 03:07 PM
laker taker
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

Frigin BADA$$

02-01-2008 02:58 PM
GrnMtn Eye Chaser
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

Tim - I only have 1 season so far on my Verado and can't speak yet to reliability (although I've never been let down), but I did my best to research the topic extensively before buying. IMO the E-tecs are the only engines that can rival the Verados for performance and low emissions.

As to performance: I had the chance to go hammer down last year against an E-tec 150, the boats weren't identical but same length and I smoked him. I've also run it against a yamaha 150 2 stroke that is on a smaller boat and left him in my wake, so for performance I think it's hard to top verado. The down side is that the verados are also very pricey - I think MSRP for my 150 is ~$12500.

My brother in-law runs the yamaha 2 stroke and loved it in comparison to the 2 stroke merc's until the entire bottom end went out a year ago :P

Personally, I love how quiet the verado is compared to 2 strokes, even the e-tec and it's extremely fuel efficient. Go to Florida and almost all the new boats run e-tecs or verados! From my research, I felt that the yamaha 4's are also good engines and decided that I had to have one of those 3 - very happy with the verado so far. Good luck with your shopping
02-01-2008 02:37 PM
Just Ed
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

Here you go Tim!

(been looking a lot - I don't want a center console).
02-01-2008 02:05 PM
laker taker
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

My bud who is buying the blue water boat is an airline pilot (good ole Laker Taker flies free on buddy passes!!),,, I'm trying to talk him into a 37' center console open bow with quad e-tecs.

Only $270,000. don't forget $500 in gasoline just to start her up in the morning!

I don't think I'm going to be hitting Nagshead in that badboy!
02-01-2008 01:48 PM
Re: E-tec vs. Mercury vs. Yamaha Motor Preference?

My last boat had a Yamaha on it. I never had a problem of any kind, never. It started every time I turned the key. I can honestly say it was the best boat motor I ever owned. I'v e had Johnsons, Mercurys Yu name it. But the Yamaha was the best. When its time for the new boat, I hope it has one on it. But I've been watching the ads etc, looks like Yamaha has some pretty good competition out there. Did you watch the Spanish Fly last Saturday morning? A 39' open console with 4 huge 350's on it. The outboards are getting bigger all the time. I've seen 3 engines before, but this baby had 4. Awesome.
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