All Evinrude E-TEC engines are designed for 87 octane fuel.
"There is never just one thing wrong with a boat";
-- Travis McGee, main character in a book series by John D. McDonald
The factory recommends that a properly trained technician service your Johnson or Evinrude outboard motor. Should you elect to perform repairs yourself, use caution, common sense, and observe safety procedures in the vicinity of flammable liquids, around moving parts, near high-temperature components, and working with electrical or ignition systems.
The information offered here is only general in nature and should not be construed as complete factory approved procedures, techniques, or specifications. Always use the proper service manual for your motor, up-to-date service literature, the correct tools, and have an understanding of how to proceed with troubleshooting and repair methods. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with a procedure, a situation, or a technique, enlist the services of a factory trained technician.
I didn't know all e-tecs were running 87 octane, I thought it was just the newer ones. In understanding the response about aged or watery fuel, considering winter storage, wouldn't it be best that the tank be empty? Otherwise in April the fuel would be 6-monts old if I stored the boat with a full tank--which I've always done. I was advised to store with full tank to prevent condensation in the tank.