How big was that announcement? Consider that Ole Evinrude invented the first commercially viable outboard motor in 1907. The name Evinrude, which is leaving the spacewalk business, would be comparable to Ford`s announcement that it would no longer build cars. „This sector of activity has already faced certain challenges, and the impact of the current context has forced us to do so,“ said José Boisjoli, President and Chief Executive Officer of BRP. BRP informs us that it intends to continue to support customers and dealers with parts, and that the company will fully comply with warranties for new engines. Mercury Marine will supply engine assemblies for BRP-built boats in the future. The Evinrude speedboat line bled for years. It appears that BRP has continued to see where the market would go. But the direction is clear. Now all the gas engines are in danger of leaving. Aside from the possible revival of the Evinrude name for a number of electric outboard motors, the 115-year-old name seems dead and buried. I have a 2004 Evinrude Spruce 200 that is just starting to cut me at sea. For 4 years and a half it is very reliable for me. I`m honestly amazed at the answers I get here in Miami when I call for service.
I hear everything from „we`re not working on Evinrude anymore because Evinrude has gone out of business and parts are hard to find“ to „Spruce is a German engine and it`s too complicated to work“. I just received the advice to get rid of my engine and buy an old 1998 engine with carbohydrates, because they are much easier to diagnose, which I can not imagine. Anyway, does anyone in this thread have any advice different from what I`ve heard that can shed positive light on how to keep my engine running? My friend sold Suzuki engines years ago when they only sold two-strokes, now he only runs an outboard repair shop and many Etec engines I see in his shop have problems with the fuel pump, he says it`s quite common with them. „Our outboard engine sector has been severely impacted by COVID-19, so we must immediately stop production of outboard motors,“ said José Boisjoli, CEO of BRP. „This company has already faced some challenges and the impact of the current context has forced us to do so.“ Flip, how many FICHT motors do you own? And your claims about why you haven`t seen Evinrudes on new bars are completely false. Brunswick had nothing to do with it. New boat makers realized that people who were buying boats simply didn`t want 2-strokes. A boat builder will not work with an engine manufacturer that produces an engine that is not desirable. Yamaha, Suzuki and Mercury all understood this and focused on building lighter and more efficient 4-stroke engines.
Bombardier tried to sell what they thought was a better product, although the consumer clearly had a preference for 4-strokes. You have to sell what people want, not what you think they should want. Has ETEC had significant problems or are other business factors forcing it to close production? Evinrude began manufacturing marine engines in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1907, where he remained for the rest of his life. Ole Evinrude came up with the idea of a removable outboard motor. But a century later, four-stroke speedboats had taken control of the company. The company only produced two-stroke engines. We are a global leader in powersports vehicles, propulsion systems and boats, based on more than 75 years of ingenuity and intense attention to consumers. Our distinctive and industry-leading product portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on-road and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft, Manitou, Quintrex, Stacer and Savage boats, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems, as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft.
We complement our product lines with a dedicated spare parts, accessories and apparel store to fully enhance the driving experience. With annual sales of C$6.1 billion from more than 120 countries, our global workforce includes approximately 12,600 dedicated and resourceful employees. In addition to emitting more pollutants, two-stroke engines operate at higher speeds. They therefore wear out faster than their four-stroke counterparts. And fuel efficiency is usually twice as good with a four-stroke engine. In combination with 90% cleanliness, the disadvantages outweigh anything gained with a two-stroke engine. Two-stroke engines for motorcycles will return in 2022. Their growing popularity is evident in enduro, NHHA and motocross, from amateur to professional racing. But BRP saw Evinrude as a failing company dominated by Mercury Marine and Yamaha.
And both companies have invested heavily in developing more powerful and cleaner engines. BRP should do the same for Evinrude. BRP: We are realigning our maritime strategy and focusing our efforts on next-generation engine technology known as Project Ghost, our boating business, and other marine projects where we see great potential to transform the water experience for consumers.