Evinrudes are a way of life in my family starting in 1958 with Dad's 18 H.P. fastwin that still started 2nd pull right up to 2000 when we lost her in a robbery.
In 1972 my Mother bought a new "Sears Robuck" 12' aluminum boat for Dad's birthtday and didn't settle for any less than a 6 h.p. Evinrude "fisherman" for the back. If that little boat could tell "fish stories" over a 40 + year span....lol.
In the late 80's I caught the "BASS BUG", and over my life have run so many different boat/motor combinations with only an Evinrude/Johnson I can't begin to recall.
I do remember my first Bass rig, a Princecraft Pro-162 / 50 h.p. Evinrude. She wasn't exactely a rocket by any means, but all I could afford while workin for peanuts.
we used her to qualify for the biggest Smallmouth Bass tournament in the world,"The 1991 Toyota Smallmouth Classic" in Nashville Tennesee.
We landed in the top 10 down there using a Princecraft 170 / 70 h.p. Evinrude on the butt.
Man, I wish I still had that little boat.
After that Tournament things went pretty fast in my life of fishing. My little 162 with the Evinrude 50 was replaced by a "Javelin" with the new Johnson 150 spitfire series. Man!!!! I never thought 70 mph was possible on water.
Today I have run in Bass rigs with E-techs, and can't believe how far technology has come.
I almost cried when OMC went down after "Ficht", and actually I still have a 1999 Evinrude Ficht 150, sort of "Custards last stand" to me. I'm happy she went to a company like Bombardier as I knew Quality is #1.
Bombardier is creating a motor today that is Superior to all others bar none, but sometimes I wish I still had that little Princecraft with the 50 that started it all for me.