I have been a long time inboard guy. I have a 20ft XtraPlus with a 351w. My buddies all have inboards for their jet boats too. And, they break. It seems like a lot, especially on long trips, like the Yukon. My fourth time down the Yukon was the fourth time we had to constantly fix one of the inboards. So, I am seriously considering scraping my current setup and going with the new technologies with outboards. My hesitation is that I can fix a 351 or 350 in the field easy enough and not so much an outboard.
How much more reliable are new outboards compared to a well built 350 inboard (or 351w).
How is the maintenance?
Is there much reliability difference between the Etec's and comparable four stroke?