ETEC or 4 Stroke
Just changed lower unit oil in the Johnson and found what i wasn't looking for: water.
I guess the writing's on the wall after she sunk last fall. Too bad considering we had it running ok after getting it out of the water, and Rich and I just replaced the power tilt/tim motor last week ($200).
Will run the motor for an hr or so and will re-check the oil for water or metal fragments. If it doesn't look good, guess i'll have to suck it up and repower. What's another 8 grand? Rich swears by 4 stroke but i'm leaning Etec.
ETEC or 4 Stroke?
How big of motor. Tohatsu direct inject is worth a look but I think they only make up to a 115, and you can't go wrong with a 4 stroke.
Currrent motor is a 1994 90hp.
I'm with Rich - I have a 4 stroke Mercury but....I'd look hard at the Suzuki and Yammy as well. Full consumption is great especially for 5-9 hours of trotline.
What ever you do good luck!
You have to be carefull that the boat can handle the extra weight of a 4 stroke. They weigh considerably more than a 2 stroke and if you have a self bailing boat it could be a problem if the boat is sitting tooo low..
The Etek 90 is no comparison to your old 90.
The Suzy 90, 115, & 140 all share the same power head with the 140 being the least heavy.
The Yammy is kinda expensive compared to the rest.
All will get you home.
Etek should be the least expensive to operate and maintain.
I have 2 friends that both own 90 Eteks and both are very satisfied with them.
It may come down to the be$t deal when it comes time for me to repower.
One of the only things worse than having to part with $$$$ to repower is to be stranded or not be able to use your boat due to a dead engine. Sooner or later we have to open our wallets.
Look at it in this light and it doesn't hurt so bad......... Say it costs you a GRAND a year to repower. In about 7 years the motor is paid off and it's lifetime is another 10 to 15 , maybe 20 years. (My 140 Johnson cost me $1200 and it's now 28 years old and still running well.) At that rate (15 years) it costs you less than $500.00 per year. Not bad for reliable transportation.
we have had a 70 suzuki for years now. You can get them with a 6yr warenty. Very easy on fuel and have never had a problem first crank every time. BE SURE TO FLUSH AFTER EVERY TRIP!!!!
four stroke motors idle better for crabbing..........Gary
I had the same delima 1 & 1/2 years ago. I ended up with a great deal on a 115 4-stroke Yamaha. One off my friend had to repower last spring and bought an 04 Mercury two-stroke leftover. By August, his motor was doing the two-stroke sput and sputter - cut off going down a trot line. On the other hand, mine will run at 600rpm all day long and never miss once. With my radio on, I never even hear the motor.
Down side: Like other people have mentioned. They do weigh much more. My boat sits 2 - 3" lower in the water in the stern. Now when I have 3600' of trot line baited with clams in the back of the boat, I only have a couple of inches of free board in the stern. My recommendation would be to take your boat out as it is now and have somebody stand right back on the stern. See how much lower it sit in the water. That is how your boat will sit empty after installing the new 4-stroke. Next you hop in the boat and walk back to the stern so you can see how low it will sit with you in the back of the boat and the new motor.
If you have enought free board to satisfy yourself, buy the 4-stroke. If you do buy a 4-stroke, do yourself a favor and learn how to do every other 100hr service yourself. It easy and will save you $$$.
ETEC vs Four Stroke
I have a 115 hp ETEC on my 20' Sea Hunt Triton. The engine has been very reliable and runs great. I usually run at slow speed in the creeks in the Northern Neck and have never had the engine stall. Fuel economy and acceleration is also excellent. I also think that winterizing the ETEC is a no-brainer. Just my opinion.