EVINRUDE E-TEC 300HP
The basic premise of the E-Tec is that it delivers the instantly accessible power of a two-stroke engine, with the smoothness and quiet running of a four-stroke, as well as similar fuel economy, lower maintenance and a superior power-to-weight ratio the 300hp E-Tec weighs 230kg compared to 283kg for the equivalent Mercury Verado four-stroke outboard, for example.
On the water, the 300hp E-Tec worked brilliantly. At tickover it wasnt as whisper-quiet as an equivalent four-stroke but the burble was not intrusive and to your ears and actually sounded rather appealing. Little prepares you for the power of the Evinrude, though its no overstatement to say that you get pegged back in the jockey seat of a Ballistic RIB for example as the motor effortlessly powered the boat up to 30 knots in the blink of an eye.
The 3.4-litre block is the same used in the race-tuned Evinrude engines and that beefy pedigree shines through. There is no sign of the lag that you sometimes find with four-strokes just relentless acceleration all the way up to 6,000rpm, no matter where you are in the rev range. At 27 knots the E-Tec was refined enough to allow easy conversation without having to raise our voices. Crucially, it is also compliant with the most stringent modern emissions regs.
When youve stopped playing around with the enormous grunt, additional bonuses like the low maintenance schedule make things a lot easier. There is no dealer-scheduled maintenance programme for the first three years or 300 hours, as well as automatic winterisation and no spring tune-up. Overall, the E-Tec 300hp is an excellent bit of kit, with bags of power but also the refinement to go with it.
Guide Price £15,000 which a snip