Going into my 3rd year with my E-Tec 200 on a 2101 Striper W/A and fall in love with it more and more. It ALWAYS starts with no throttle adjusting or user error possible, it virtually maintains itself even when it comes time to winterize, and it reports to my mechanic what has been going on so he can advise me of ongoing usage and concerns before I make any mistakes. It is VERY easy to care for (flushing after being in salt couldn't be easier). There is always the possible "buyer's remorse" whenever you move on to a "new" or expensive item but that has been steadily disappearing over the past 2 seasons of sun, cold, rough water, fresh or salt, or anything else the elements throw at the motor. I have had Volvo I/O, Johnsons, Honda, and Yamaha motors but the Evinrude E-Tec is in a class by itself and has risen to my all-time favorite.
I'M delighted with my new 135 HO installed beginning of May. I replace my old Johnson 1996 that is still working very well.
My old Princecraft ventura 190 (19960 is acting so smoothly now that i can almost see it fly !!! (and that is without a drink). Quiet, nervous, it picks up quickly that the waterskiers and barefooters are delighted. 90 % watersports, 10 % ride.
I now enjoy my boat as much as its first day. Easy on gaz and clean !!! (important factors these days). $1.42 can /liter or 5,36 US /gallon today.
We are happy to hear that your Father was impressed. Welcome to the E-TEC family.
I fish mostley at the tailrace of a very turbulant dam in Alabama. I have seen a lot of people get in trouble because of unreliable oubboards. I don't hesitate to venture up to the dam with the 60 hp e-tec that I have, along with the professional tech support that I get from Randy Gibson at Gibson Marine. Oh, I forgot to tell you tyhat my e-tec has never and I meen never failed me in any way since new in2009!
That is great to hear !