Overcoming four-stroke bias among saltwater boating anglers is a challenge for Evinrude, Eckman admits. At the same time, he also sees great potential in offering something distinctly different and, as he views it, better for boating anglers. “You can’t make a me-too product and delight enthusiasts,” he says.
The new generation of Evinrude outboards have advanced far beyond the old-school perception of smelly, smoky two-strokes, which was a factor in driving boaters toward four-strokes, says Eckman. Evinrude’s E-Tec G2 technology eliminates such objections, while retaining key advantages, including a better power-to-weight ratio and more low-end torque than comparable four-strokes.