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aarrghboat posted 03-27-2007 06:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for aarrghboat   Send Email to aarrghboat  
I have a 1992 Boston Whaker 21 Walkaround. We are going to repower this week. What is the best motor for this boat? E-TEC or four-stroke?
Buckda posted 03-28-2007 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
How do you use the boat?
aarrghboat posted 03-28-2007 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for aarrghboat  Send Email to aarrghboat     
Pleasure and fishing in the south florida area.
WT posted 03-28-2007 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Since you're going to re-power this week (today is already Wednesday) which way are you leaning and why?


Buckda posted 03-28-2007 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
This hull can handle the weight of a four-stroke motor without any problems, so the (valid) argument for DFI-2-strokes on classic hulls due to weight is not a factor.

That said, I'd be interested in 4 motors:

200 HP E-TEC or 200 HP OptiMax would be my first choices. I still think that the torque of the 2-strokes is hands-down the best way to go.

If price is not an option, I'd be looking into repowering with a Mercury Verado - but this engine has considerable financial barriers for a repower project, because it requires a new steering system.

If I couldn't/wouldn't get a VERADO, and I had somehow eliminated the DFI 2-strokes from the list, I'd go with the other-branded 4-stroke motor that had the best dealer support in my area. For most people, including me - that's going to mean Yamaha, although Suzuki seems to have a strong showing in Florida markets, and by all reports, makes a very reliable and reasonably priced product.

What is your mechanic telling you, and what power is currently on the boat? These will also factor into the repower cost. For instance, if you have a mercury motor on the boat now, you can re-use your remote throttle/shift control and save several hundred dollars.


Mambo Minnow posted 03-28-2007 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
I have a similar Whaler (Conquest 21) and I am very happy with the Optimax 200HP.
aarrghboat posted 03-28-2007 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for aarrghboat  Send Email to aarrghboat     
I have a Yamaha 200 on the boat now and have not had many problems with it. But I am leaning towards the E-TEC because of the price and the seven-year warranty. I have no plans of getting rid of this boat. I can purchase a 225-HP 90-degree E-TEC for $15,500 including tax and rigging. I have until the 31st to get the extended warranty on any of the motors. My mechanic tells me E-TEC is the way to go but says the four-stroke motors are also very nice.
rtk posted 03-28-2007 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
The two- or four- stroke, 200-225 horsepower will work for you.

As Dave stated, I would go with an engine that you can get very good local service for. If you have a dealer you trust and gives you good service, I would repower with an engine line they sell and service.

There are alot of good engines in both two and four stroke types out there, I don't think you can go wrong either way.

I really like the E-TEC line. The price you were quoted on the 225 E-TEC would likely seal the deal for me. I like a 225 big block V6 for this hull. I don't think you would be disappointed with that decision, awesome power plant for your application.


contender posted 03-28-2007 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Seven year warranty on a engine use in salt water, what are you even thinking about. E-TEC hard to beat!
aarrghboat posted 03-29-2007 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for aarrghboat  Send Email to aarrghboat     
Well I did it. I bought the E-TEC. It should be done on Wednesday. Thanks to everbody that helped me.


Buckda posted 03-29-2007 11:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Be sure to report back on Wednesday night how you like the new motor!



rtk posted 03-29-2007 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Congrats and enjoy.


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