Malahini w/90 Etec
Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:10 pm
Could somebody give feedback on what kind of performance I can expect to see with a Malahini using an Evinrude ETEC 90 ?
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Currently have an ETEC 150HO and previously owned an ETEC 130 (V4)...have had excellent success with ETEC's. Their fuel consumption I believe is on par with any 4-stroke. They burn clean, consume very little oil and relatively speaking they are lighter than the 4-strokes. They have gained some weight relative to the old 2-stroke technology, and the newer 4-strokes in some horsepower categories have closed the weight gap. However, in the power category that I tend to work with (115 and higher), ETEC's are lighter than 4-strokes. My own opinion is that the powerheads are likely running closer to the "edge" due to firing on every other stroke. Having said that, I believe running good gas is imperative to protect the powerheads. I have run gas with ethanol without issues but I also ran a fuel stabilizer starting the day the gas was purchased...primarily to keep the water in suspension. This past summer I ran ethanol-free gas and I still added fuel stabilizer...cheap insurance. Avoiding Phase Separation is the goal. I currently use Star Tron stabilizer and have also used Sta-Bil (the red stuff) and have had success with both...Star Tron is cheaper on a per gallon basis and I'm guessing will not harden up like Sta-Bil does when the fuel evaporates. Again my goal is to keep the water in suspension so it goes through the system without issues. However, our fuel that we have on the market today has never had such a short life-span and so protecting for fuel breakdown is also a good thing unless you're in a situation where your fuel turnover happens inside of 5 weeks. My truck puts on about 2,000 miles per year...every gallon of gas gets treated simply because I can't turnover a tank of gas soon enough. Can anyone tell I'm passionate about this stuff? I love my motors!! Love my ETEC's. They've treated me well.Bill Edmundson wrote:Stromz
The E-Tec is a very good engine from all reports that I've seen.
Hello Mr. Dave,DSR wrote:Hi Dave.
Just curious, what year is your HO?
Not surprised and have heard similar comments. I've owned ETEC's dating back to my last snowmobile (600 cc, 2009) and I'm still stunned by how they perform. The snowmobile was a total game-changer and I decided right then that if I were to get into boating, etec would get the go. I have to say that there are a lot of fine outboards these days and the 4-strokers have really come along way. Their weight was always the grind I had but wow have they improved. You're right about the etec maintenance...doesn't hardly get any better than ETEC. The winterization process is a piece of cake. As I've mentioned, the powerheads are probably a bit more sensitive than a 4-stroke (IMHO) and therefore I continue to be very anal about my use-protocol and I don't stray from it ever.Bill Edmundson wrote:Stromz
A few years ago we went to Ambergris Cay, Belize. There are lots of fishing boats and water taxies. At a restaurant/bar that was a few doors up the beach we met a man who has a lot of maintenance contracts on the commercial boats. He said that the sand there is mostly broken shells and corral. These engines are really abused. I asked him which outboard he would recommend? Without hesitation, 4 Stroke Yamaha. 2 Stroke E-TEC. Yamaha has the best engine monitoring system. E-TEC needs almost no maintenance. All you do is adjust the injectors from time to time
I like that a lot especially how you tied into frame #1. A beefy motor well can add so much strength. That's how I beefed up my 16' Glastron to carry my 418 lb Etec 150HO. My plan is to use three 3/4" plys in the transom, extra knees, and that beefy well. That should do the job. Thanks for the photos.rbrandenstein wrote:A couple of extra knees and building a beefy motor-well should do it. My motor-well ties into frame 1 and with the plywood added to complete the box for drainage it really creates a strong assembly.