Get the E-Tec, best engine out there. Merc is doing catch up.
I have the e-tec 175, 3 years old. I am in Ontario so there are lots of authorized dealers here which made the decision easier. I love my motor. Quiet, great on fuel with tons of power. I have neighbours on both sides with Merc's and they love there motors. I think they are all winners now.
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I just bought a 2014 SD2000 and it had an Evinrude 150 on it. I was hesitant
about it at first but after four months of owning it I would never buy a four
stroke. 80lbs lighter, quiet, no smoke and NO maintence for three years. Yes
you have to buy oil, but you do not have to take the boat out of service each
to change the oil year. Also great on oil and gas. Go to a dealer that will sell you one with an Evinrude. I live in NY and bought the boat in FL