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Any E-Tec owners ....come talk me off the ledge!

Discussion in 'Boats and Boating' started by Skull, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Skull

    Skull Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego Ca
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    Well the 96 2 stroke Merc 150XL finally gave up the ghost ... so I bought a new Evinrude E-TEC 150HP outboard to replace it ... being installed this week.

    Anyone own one ?

    Pros and Cons please?

    A bit pricey I guess considering ... but not too many good reviews on the OptiMax ..
     
  2. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    All the reports I hear are positive.
     
  3. Paleface

    Paleface Solo Diver

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    All I hear is good things also. A good place to post this question would be on thehulltruth.com
     
  4. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster Staff Member

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    Jump!

    Oh. Nevermind...
     
  5. Skull

    Skull Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego Ca
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    I already did ... the Hull is 14 yrs old never put on the rocks out here ... Hope I get another 14 yrs out of this motor.

    Straight out of the box with new controls and accesories ... Happy birthday to me and my wallet!
     
  6. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle

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    If I had to replace my outboard (carbed 2-stroke '97ish Evinrude) it would
    be with a 90HP eTec.
     
  7. Skull

    Skull Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego Ca
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    What size prop ? w/ 90HP .. I read somewhere that you are partial to 90hp 2 stroke OB.

    Mfg of my boat recommends a 150 HP (max for the design is 175 which I feel is too much motor for this boat (201 ProLine Cuddy---fiberglass)) I really liked my Merc but it was a gas hog ...ample top end speed for SoCal fishing , but when I was loaded up with divers w/ doubles she struggled in moderate swells. Very dry ride but reality is it's tough to do more than 22-25 kts while on a fish trip ... 12-15kts w/ 3 divers... ride is just too rough.

    Mechanic recommends I try a 17" prop on the new motor ... the old Merc had a 19" ...any suggestions?
     
  8. Skull

    Skull Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego Ca
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    Well lads and lasses I got my boat back today .... nice to see my wallet just lost a bit of weight ...course being an el nino yr it is going to be storming all weekend .. right on up till April ....

    Who was the moron who said it doesn't rain in SoCal ... surf has been unbelievably good ... for surfers! We divers and boat owners can only gaze out over the surf line and wonder what it would be like to get out on the water again.
     
  9. Sean222

    Sean222 Captain

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    A friend fo mine just bought a 115 hp e-tec. Unfortunately he had to put into winter storage before he even go to run it.
     
  10. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    I took a 20ft pro line cuddy for a test ride and was impressed. 3-4footers and we felt it but very doable
     

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