hi from BC!
I'm considering a re-power. I presently have a 60HP 2-stroke mercury (40 jet) on my boat. I'd like to re-power with something that has more power, and I'd like to have both prop and jet legs. My boat doesn't have a HP rating plate, but based on measurements, and using USCG ratings, I believe that the maximum rating is 90HP. It performs ok with the 60/40, but I'd like a bit more jam.
ETECs are $9 grand here new, and I can't find a used one anywhere. I can get a Mercury 09 90HP camp lease return motor for about 6K, with controls and prop.
I'm wondering if any of you have had experience using the four stroke 90 jets, as I'm concerned about the 400lb 4-stroke hanging off my stern, compared to the present 2-stroke 60 at 240lbs, or an ETEC 90 at 320lbs. My hull without motor weighs around 1100 lbs, fairly heavy for a 15' boat. Is a 90 4-stroke at 400lbs going to be too much weight, and would the ETEC at 80lbs less be that much better of a motor? I'm planning on putting in a small console and running 60% with prop, 40% with jet.