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Outboard Motors E TEC verses the others

I am looking to buy a new 40 HP out board for a 14' hard bottom inflatable. I have heard I should look at buying the new E TEC from Johnson or Evinrude and not the Yamaha or Honda. Any thoughts on this?

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Where have you heard this? The Honda four-stroke engines are quite nice. I have used the 50 HP and the 20 HP rather extensively, and own the 20 HP version. I'd be curious to hear why you were told not to get the Honda.
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Ive had smaller honda outboards (7.5 & 10) and both were the best engines ive ever owned.
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I was just told that the new E-TEC motors are better on fuel and lighter than the Honda or Yamaha. I have had good luck with Honda motors on other things like mowers and generators but have not been concerned with fuel economy. I am also curious if anyone has used the Tahatsu outboard.
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I've used Tohatsu outboards... They've got a few issues. On one that we were using died on a sail, and we had to replace the fuel pump before we got it to start again. UGH. Really not impressed with them.
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