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Old 09-04-2012, 06:08 PM
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I just can't decide, so I want to see some poll results. Mercury Optimax vs. Evinrude Etec. My main criteria are reliability, longevity, and easy maintenance. I have reputable dealers for either engine nearby. Which would you choose?



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Merc but only bc I've had 5 and whenever I call them someone answers and helps and my local shop does good work and takes care of me. However the etec on my buddies boat is sweet and quiet. I'd go opti just bc I like the black cowling instead of white.
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Ask a dealer who sells them both for his opinion. That's how I ended up with my motor.
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Hell, I sell five lines of outboard motors. If someone is looking at something 2 stroke I will show them both Rude & Merc. When it comes down it, my choice will be the Rude. Faster and simpler. However does burn more fuel. Thanks Martin
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Tried to buy a 300hp Etec out here in CA. but could not do it. There is a law out here that limits the sale of 300HP Etecs to one (1) per distributor. I can put in an order a year ahead of time but there is no way to time the free rigging and controls deal. Sooooo, I will run my Optimax. It only has 635 hours on it.
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Etec is pulling away
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The high electrical load needed to start the Optimax is a big negative. You can rope start any of the E-TEC's if you have to, they will run without a battery.
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Hell, I sell five lines of outboard motors. If someone is looking at something 2 stroke I will show them both Rude & Merc. When it comes down it, my choice will be the Rude. Faster and simpler. However does burn more fuel. Thanks Martin
I have never seen a HP to HP test where Etec is faster than the comparable Merc. Mercs are usually 2-3 MPH faster on the same rig and always more fuel efficient than the Etec.

The Etec is more quite at lower RPM ranges. But you put some dynamat sound deadening foam on the opti cowling and that is a wash.

I have both Mercs and Etecs. Both are good engines.

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I would go with the Mercury because of the dealer network they have. No matter where you are there is always a Mercury dealer in town. Another factor is BRP, they bought a product line that clearly was in trouble, and if they cant make a go of it in the long term they will sell it off or scrub it like GM did with some of its divisions. Mercury builds marine engines not snow mobiles pwc, atv ,aircraft and a whole lot of other stuff we never see in the US that BRP makes and sells in Canada and around the globe.
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I would go with the Mercury because of the dealer network they have. No matter where you are there is always a Mercury dealer in town. Another factor is BRP, they bought a product line that clearly was in trouble, and if they cant make a go of it in the long term they will sell it off or scrub it like GM did with some of its divisions. Mercury builds marine engines not snow mobiles pwc, atv ,aircraft and a whole lot of other stuff we never see in the US that BRP makes and sells in Canada and around the globe.
BRP has been making a "go of it" for over 10 years now.
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I would go with the Mercury because of the dealer network they have. No matter where you are there is always a Mercury dealer in town. Another factor is BRP, they bought a product line that clearly was in trouble, and if they cant make a go of it in the long term they will sell it off or scrub it like GM did with some of its divisions. Mercury builds marine engines not snow mobiles pwc, atv ,aircraft and a whole lot of other stuff we never see in the US that BRP makes and sells in Canada and around the globe.
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Never own a E Tech ,but for some reason it get bash a lot in this site
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One huge advantage of owning an E-TEC is the [url]www.etecownersgroup.com[url] website. If you own an E-TEC & have any sort of issue good or bad you WILL get fast support and a really friendly attitude from dealers & owners WORLDWIDE. Many many people who have purchased an EVINRUDE E-TEC did so simply because this site exists. It is FREE & supported by people like you who really love their boating. It has no official affiliation with BRP but they have access to the very latest info on the E-TEC range of all model years. Check the site out thoroughly and your really see that this free site is UNIQUE to the marine industry.

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Ask a dealer who sells them both for his opinion. That's how I ended up with my motor.
On the other hand, a salesman will always push what he has and what he wants to get rid of.
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Opti hands down. Faster, more dependable (ten fold), and more fuel efficient.
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On the other hand, a salesman will always push what he has and what he wants to get rid of.
This!!! Mercury used to have a chart on their web page called "Rude awakening', where they scientifically proved that the Optimax was far superior in every way to the Etec.
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My triple 300 E-TEC's have been flawless since day 1. I've been running them for 3 years and I've got over 400 hrs on them. Fast, quiet, fuel efficient and easy to winterize (takes no time at all). Hands down the best motors I have ever owned.
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ETEC all the way. Pay no attention to fabforenine, he's a dealer for another brand(s).
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I would vote Etec as it does seem somewhat simplier then the Merc. But
www.etecownersgroup.com that site while is helpful there is excessive moderation. I see many posts O.P gets beat down for being upset about issues...

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One huge advantage of owning an E-TEC is the [url]www.etecownersgroup.com[url] website. If you own an E-TEC & have any sort of issue good or bad you WILL get fast support and a really friendly attitude from dealers & owners WORLDWIDE. Many many people who have purchased an EVINRUDE E-TEC did so simply because this site exists. It is FREE & supported by people like you who really love their boating. It has no official affiliation with BRP but they have access to the very latest info on the E-TEC range of all model years. Check the site out thoroughly and your really see that this free site is UNIQUE to the marine industry.
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Think Tireless and I from the threads we had a while back get the best fuel millage with the largest boat with the opti's but never seen anyone with a e tec in our size post for a twin motor boat just remember the thread.
Tireless was hitting about 2.2 to 2.3 if I remember correct. I get 2.4 mpg with the newer motors than he did at cruising speed with the opti's and both are 31 footers.
Someone mentioned high voltage load on cranking. They have that one right. Marina stiffed me on the wiring and left the old EFI wiring on it when the motors were bough with the newer Opti harness. Ended up having to take it to Fountain and have them install the correct wiring cause it would not crank so if you can crank a e tec with a rope, that has my vote right there. I carry a Honda EU 1000 with me any time one of the boats are in the water but not for that reason. Just safety. Once we change and got the right wires on it she has never looked back..

Have not looked at the charts but fuel millage is becoming a really big issue and its only going to get worst so that has to be considered when buying now. .
Love the big boats like Propbender is getting but 650 gal tanks for those are way out of range for middle class, and my worst fuel day burn was only 78 gals to date and top speed is 60mph. Seen others post with opti 300s on the 31 and they hit 70.
What I've read with as few as moving parts as the e tecs have they are one hell of a good built motor and I run a Rude on my 21 Hydra Sports (not a e tec) but it might be one hung off the back when and if the other motor goes. Local dealer for rude is a nice marina.
The 31s Tireless and I have are light and get up really fast but the opti's are a little noisy on the back end thats another plus for the e tecs.
I don't think you can go wrong with either. How long each motor is backed by the factory would also be something I would look into and how far away from your house is the nearest dealer that can work on which ever one you go with and do you trust them. Love my optis but the Mercury dealer I have in EC will never see them again. Everthing has to be considered... Good luck.
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