Really, what are the main differences? Got a line on a new H.O. great price but the regular e-tec is still less expensive. Does BRP publish a specifications sheet that compares the 2?
Should I just be bad ass and power up with the H.O.? Stanley Islander 19' DC.
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You can find the specs for both engines on the Evinrude website.
I had written a complete article for E-NATION a few years ago about the HO series of engines and what the differences were, but I cannot get the SEARCH engine to find it.
Basically it depends on what type of boat and what type of boating you do. The HO is for high speeds and high performance use such as with bass and flats boats. For normal recreational and off-shore use, the regular 150 is preferred. Biggest differences are the gearcases and the engine software tuning, plus the HO does not have the optional XD-100 reduced oil setting.
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