In 1907, Evinrude Motors was founded in Milwaukee, WI, by Norwegian immigrant Ole Evinrude. The first Evinrude engine to be produced was a 1.5 HP one-cylinder engine that entered into production in 1909. In 1921, Evinrude established a new company, ELTO (Evinrude’s Light Twin Outboard) Motor Company which featured his newly designed and enhanced two cylinder Evinrude outboard engine.
Over a hundred years later, Evinrude is now a subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products (Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo) of Valcourt, QC, and remains as one of the top selling marine engine manufacturers. Today Evinrude outboard engines are manufactured in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and China.
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Makes & Models
Evinrude produces an E-Tec line of 2-stroke outboard engine with inline models that range from 25 to 90 HP; E-Tec 1.7L V-4 engines with 115 to 130 HP; V-6 models ranging from 150 to 300 HP; plus E-Tec High Output (H.O.) engines featuring 115 to 250 HP.
According to the 2009 Marine Engine Competitive Study produced by J.D. Powers and Associates, Evinrude ranked as the number one marine engine manufacturer in new boat owner satisfaction with 907 out of a possible 1,000 points awarded. Evinrude also ranked number one in the two-stroke direction injection (DI) outboard engine category by providing exceptional fuel economy, smoothness when shifting, and overall reliability.
Parts and Manuals
Evinrude parts, acessories, and parts manuals are available to order online at the Bombardier Recreational Products website. For 1996 or older models, Evinrude marine engine manuals can be found online at Ken Cook Co. Repair and owner’s manuals for Evinrude outboard motors can be ordered from an Evinrude/Johnson dealership; repair manuals can also be purchased through Amazon.com. Vintage Evinrude marine engine parts can be purchased through Vintage Outboard & Marine Supply.
For immediate answers to your Evinrude Motor questions, try the Just Answer website. For a fee ranging from $14 to $34, you can ask a Just Answer expert about an Evinrude outboard motor and receive an answer within minutes from a certified marine mechanic. You can also browse previous Evinrude questions and answers free of charge on that site.
New for 2010
Purchase an Evinrude E-Tec 200 H.O. outboard engine in conjunction with a Sylvan Revolution Planing Technology (RPT) Tri-Performance pontoon package, and receive a $1,000 rebate until January 31, 2010. Full details are available on the Evinrude website.
Evinrude dealers can be easily located using the ‘find a dealer’ feature on the Evinrude website.
Owner’s Groups & Clubs
There are several websites dedicated to Evinrude outboard motor owners. These include E-Tec Owners Group; Evinrude Fleetwin and Johnson-Outboardmotors-C groups on Yahoo; and Johnson & Evinrude Outboard forum on iboats.com.
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