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Old 09-04-2005, 02:57 AM
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Default 40-60 HP Evinrude E-Tec in Saltwater?

Any experience with the smaller E-Tec's in saltwater? I'm looking to put the motor on a small Poling Skiff that will be in the saltwater 100% of the time. Any issues?

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Dunno, but they market them as freshwater engines.... That'd be enough to stop me from doing it!
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The "freshwater" motors and the "saltwater" motors have the same stainless steel parts and fasteners on them. Saltwater motors are historically 25" or 30" shaft engines. It is a "name game" played by the marketing folks.
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The latest generation of outboards are much more corrosion resistant than earlier models. My E-Tec 90 is almost bullet-proof in that area. Although the smaller motors are being marketed to the freshwater crowd, they're not being built any different than their larger cousins, that I'm aware of. You might be interested to know that the initial testing of E-Tecs, before they were offered to the general public, involved a variety of sizes placed in the hands of special operations outfits around the world...

One of these days I hope to set up a second skiff to work really shallow with one angler, something that floats in 5" or less water. Those small E-Tecs will get first consideration as power if the weight considerations allow.
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i have a small 16' skiff with a 40 etec on runs in chesapeake bay & maine, great motor.saltwater is no issue.
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Default Re: 40-60 HP Evinrude E-Tec in Saltwater?

Am now looking at this same thing at local dealer. I'm curious how warranty issues are
handled if the engines labled "freshwater" have a problem and they've been used in
saltwater.
Was interested in a 70hp but the "saltwater" labled models start with the 90 hp.

Anyone with information on this?
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lem, just a thought, why would you want to be in 5 " of water? there ain't any fish there bigger than a bream . " guys in boats throw close to the bank--guys on bank throw out as far as possible."
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I'm curious how warranty issues are
handled if the engines labled "freshwater" have a problem and they've been used in
saltwater.
Was interested in a 70hp but the "saltwater" labled models start with the 90 hp.

Anyone with information on this?
Thanks.

Read or re-read my earlier post about this, BOTH the freshwater and saltwater series of motors use the SAME corrosion resistant parts. There is NO problem with warranty if a "freshwater" motor is used in saltwater.
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