ETEC 150 vs. Yamaha 200?

DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
http://www.boattest.com/engine-review/Evinrude/40500162_E-TEC-G2-150-H-O--vs--Yamaha-F200-4-Stroke_2018

I watched this video and I have to say I was impressed. The ETEC 150 actually outperformed the Yamaha 200. I had been considering going with Yamaha on a repower but now I'm not so sure. I guess the second question is reliabiity. Yamaha has a reputation for being reliable but when they break they are massively expensive for the parts.

What do y'all think? I need to decide soon.

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  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,840 Admiral
    Someone on here just repowered with an Etec 150 and got a 10 year warranty as well as free installation.   Seems like a tough deal to pass up. 
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    I wonder what place that was at? Sounds like a good deal.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,840 Admiral
    edited July 11 #4
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • RiverRat22RiverRat22 Posts: 47 Greenhorn
    Those Etecs have some serious torque!  Yamaha also makes a V6 200 that would probably perform a whole lot better in their test.
    Have you shopped around for a new Yamaha yet?  I head they are pretty low in stock and can be hard to find.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    Strangely enough someone puts ads for them that show up on my FB thread.

  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    Thanks
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    So this is the boat I'm looking to power. Seems to be very solid from what I've seen looking in it. It came with a color Garmin GPS/fishfinder. I only spent $1,200 for it and all the pieces alone would sell for twice that. I also liked the hull design.


  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,840 Admiral
    There should be a plate on it somewhere with max horsepower.   IDK the year but if it's older than say 2000 most of the motors were still 2 strokes and much lighter.  Look online for your boat model and see if you can find people on THT who have repowered it and with what motors.   

    Have the transom and stringers checked.  No sense throwing a brand new motor on it to have the transom collapse 10 minutes in to your first ride.   Looks good from that picture but be absolutely certain what it can take going in. 
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    I will. It has a transom bracket on it, but it's obviously the wrong one because it actually makes the motor mount 5" lower instead of 5" higher. I'm sure he wrecked the motor because of this. It must have put the power head under the water line on take off. I'm going to pull it this weekend and check for transom damage. I can't make it wiggle but I don't have enough leverage on it either to be sure. I've ordered one of those telescoping cameras you can use on your phone to get a good look inside.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,840 Admiral
    Sounds like a good place to start.   It may be the right transom bracket but if the transom is bad, it could conceivably bow down 5 inches but  I imagine you would notice something like that  Is it a closed transom with a bracket?   
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    I'd have to look again but I think the transom was closed. He admitted to adding the transom bracket when he put two platforms on each side of it. If the transom is weak but the stringers are OK I might invest the $2K it would cost to have it redone. If the stringers are bad I'll just strip the parts and dump it.

  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    I thinks it's a 97. I was thinking ETEC so...
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,840 Admiral
    edited July 12 #14
    Yea sorry i had a mental lapse!   Actually now some of the newer 4 stokes are comparable in weight.    But that Etec is a demon.  Let me know what you do with it.  It looks like a solid boat.   And a pretty easy project if the transom/stringers are good.  Like you said if not, it might be worth it to fix it and hang a motor on regardless.   You'll never have as much in it as a new boat of comparable size would be.   
    People use statistics the way a drunk uses a street light, for support rather than illumination.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    True
  • BwarrenBwarren Posts: 20 Greenhorn
    Love my etec it pulls our 24 footer out of the hole like my bass boat. I have the 250 and I usually run around 40 miles a trip and maybe burn 20 gallons depending on load and current. It’s super quiet and smooth running no smoke either. I also don’t have to do any maintenance until 300 hours. 
  • shamrock1188shamrock1188 Posts: 272 Deckhand
    If the FL numbers or correct the hull is in the 1980's. The last two letters or FW. What year does your title say? If it is not in the 80's something is not right.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    It's 1987. I just looked.
  • ChonggChongg Posts: 449 Deckhand
    I love my ETEC 150. I bought mine because it has more torque and is lighter than a Yamaha F150, and because I found an Evinrude mechanic that I trust enough to operate on my dog. They offer pretty competitive warranties from time to time. I got a 6 year for mine, and a month later they were offering 10 years. 

    If I had a bay boat, I would have given more consideration to 4-stroke power by Yamaha and Suzuki. I've heard great things about 'Zukes. Competitive warranty, light weight and the reliability and other benefits of a 4-stroke engine. 

    All depends on what you're looking for. 
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 22,964 AG
    edited July 24 #20
    I have and ETEC and love it. Just make sure you have a factory authorized Evinrude place nearby. I have no problems with mine but in the north central Florida places that work on the Evinrudes are few and far between. Makes schedule service and software upgrades etc. a PIA.

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  • squidvicioussquidvicious Posts: 519 Officer
    things to consider: 1987 hull,right ?? looks like it's been sitting for a while motor is half - meaning you're gonna need a lot more than just the motor - gauges,harness,remote control and steering.. all this adds up quick smart move - have the boat checked out - by a qualified repair facility/individual before doing anything ! transom - stringers - decking - wiring - fuel system. original fuel tank and hosing is a huge potential problem...older hull like that,i can imagine the wiring... etec,yamaha,suzuki,merc - it's like saying what's better,ford,chevy,dodge ?? older boats were not designed for heavy 4 stroke motors - it turns into more of a factor,with an outboard bracket... not a giant ETEC fan,lots and lots of updates and problems with injectors - there's a reason it carries a 10yr warranty,you're gonna need it ! it's also a limited warranty,very limited...read the fine print !can't go wrong with a Yamaha... $2,000 for a transom ? awful light number for that kind of work ! looking at the picture,i would tell you $4,500 - $5,000 for a new transom,composite core,NOT wood.good flotation style bracket will run $2,000 - $2,500.deck problems,stringer problems,bulkheads,fuel tank,will all make that number climb quickly think about all this....
    can we please stop using the word ISSUE ? it's a PROBLEM
    :wink
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    I agree on the inspection. I have worked on boats for over 10 years so I am always concerned. I pulled the side panels and from what I could see and put my hands on the stringers looked good.. The boat originally had one of those OMC monstrosities so the transom was thick enough and everything looks glassed in professionally. The upside is those motors were like transom brackets so flotation should be good. I'm having the tank pressure tested this weekend.
  • DBRYANDBRYAN Posts: 4,402 Captain
    Cyclist,

    I have two authorized dealers within 5 miles of me. I guess I picked the right place to live.
  • pottydocpottydoc Posts: 2,289 Captain
    things to consider: 1987 hull,right ?? looks like it's been sitting for a while motor is half - meaning you're gonna need a lot more than just the motor - gauges,harness,remote control and steering.. all this adds up quick smart move - have the boat checked out - by a qualified repair facility/individual before doing anything ! transom - stringers - decking - wiring - fuel system. original fuel tank and hosing is a huge potential problem...older hull like that,i can imagine the wiring... etec,yamaha,suzuki,merc - it's like saying what's better,ford,chevy,dodge ?? older boats were not designed for heavy 4 stroke motors - it turns into more of a factor,with an outboard bracket... not a giant ETEC fan,lots and lots of updates and problems with injectors - there's a reason it carries a 10yr warranty,you're gonna need it ! it's also a limited warranty,very limited...read the fine print !can't go wrong with a Yamaha... $2,000 for a transom ? awful light number for that kind of work ! looking at the picture,i would tell you $4,500 - $5,000 for a new transom,composite core,NOT wood.good flotation style bracket will run $2,000 - $2,500.deck problems,stringer problems,bulkheads,fuel tank,will all make that number climb quickly think about all this....
    Pay no attention to squid when he talks about outboards, especially Etecs. He's a Yamaha fan boy, and everything else sucks compared to them, according to him. And just for the record, I have a 115 carbed Yamaha hanging on my boat, 
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