Last week, during my travels across Michigan's upper peninsula, a glossy wooden masterpiece caught my interest. Bob Elliot, a Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native, along with his two sons, trailered Bob's hand-built mahogany runabout along side of our rig during a brief lunch stop. I had to inquire! A master at wildlife wood sculptures by trade, Bob constructed the watercraft from a set of plans fifteen years ago following quintuple bypass surgery. Now at age 84, Bob chose to repower his pride & joy with a 50 hp. Evinrude E-TEC just two days prior. He explained that for fifteen years he has run a 35 hp. Johnson, but needed additional power to get the boat up on plane with four passengers aboard. Thoroughly impressed by E-TEC's technical advancements, he exclaimed his new engine gets the job done with power to spare. When commenting about Evinrude E-TEC's quiet signature sound, Bob said, "You'd think it's a sewing machine on the back of the boat!"