yes the 135 BEAST is the choice!!! mine is both fuel efficient and a rocket ship . the xd 100 setting will not only run cleaner but more efficient . u wont believe the holeshot and in your case pure torque . i can run from venice to bocagrande and back for about 5 gallons. 1720 actioncraft REAPERACE about 920lbs of glass .
OK, I have decided not to get the 115 to replace the 130 on my 18' Four Winns. So which motor would be better for my boat - the 135 HO or 150? Would the gear cases be different? My Four Winns has a 25" transon if that makes any difference for which motor would be better. I am most interested in getting the best gas mileage at cruising speeds, 3500-4000 RPM and 25-30 mph. Hole shot performance is not important. I have looked at all the Performance reports for both motors and my hunch is the HO EMM is programmed more for power output at the low end and maybe not as good fuel economy at cruising speeds. OTOH, even if the 150 gets better cruising mileage the higher initial cost might offset that? Any info/thoughts you might have would be appreciated. Thanks.
Because you are familiar with the 4 cylinder Evinrude E-TEC 130 HP, you will be amazed at the performance and economy of the 135 HP V-6. With a 25" shaft, both the 135 and the 150 have the same heavy duty gearcase.
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I got the 150. Either the 135HO or 150 would be fine. My dealer had just received a new 150 in stock and preferred to sell me that one instead of ordering a 135HO so I got a good price. It has been a great motor. Very powerful. I have a tall canvas top and side curtains which are on all the time so I don't open it up all the way very often but top speed at 5600 rpm is 40 mph with a 15" pitch prop. I usually cruise between 25-30 mph at 3500-4000 rpms. Gas consumption is much less than the old 130 V4.
The boat took the extra motor weight just fine. The boat is sensitive to weight distribution. If people sit in the back (instead of up front) it takes more omph to get up on plane (but with the 150 it is quick) than if they are in the bow. I occasionally transport building materials in the boat, plywood, lumber, shingles, etc and the power of the 150 is appreciated. The dealer installed a 19" pitch prop and it would do 50 mph. But top speed is not my interest so I went to a 15" pitch which gives me effortless crusing in the 25-30 range and the 5600 rpm at WOT is about on spec. My old 130hp had become unreliable and I was spending too much time working on it. My cottage is water access only so the boat is a necessity. The 150 has been flawless. And my wife loves just turning the key to start it (no worries about priming too much or too little). There is a big CC gap between the 115 and 135HO/150. On a Four Winns like mine the 115 might be OK for light loads, but since I am hauling lots of people, groceries and gear over the water to the cottage the 150/135HO is great motor for me.
That's cool you got the 150 at a good price. Out of interest, was it comparable to the 135HO price or still considerably more? I find it interesting that the 135HO is quite a bit less than a 150. It seems to me that the 135HO's are just 150's that maybe didn't dyno as high as they should of and get rebranded? That's not a bad thing, just still doesn't really make a lot of sense to me.