Repower Testimonial: John Keizer and “Salt Patrol”

Hailing from Tacoma, WA, John Keizer is a pro angler, writer, and owner of Salt Patrol, a charter company and online resource for salt and freshwater fishing. His company and his boat (a 26-foot Seahawk Offshore) have been featured on several TV fishing shows. Last year, after deciding he needed to repower his boat with a more fuel-efficient option, he embarked on a journey of research to see which engine was the best for his demanding fishing schedule. He recounts the research he did to find the right engine and breaks down the reasons why he decided to repower with Evinrude E-TEC:




First I read everything each manufacturer had out there on their outboards so I knew what I was talking about, or better yet, what to ask about when it comes to the latest outboard technology.


Next came dock talk. I asked everyone I knew what they liked about their outboards: how they ran, any service issues, and what fuel economy they were getting. As I dug deeper, more and more guys said “I love my Evinrude” or “I wish I would have gone with Evinrude”. I called my good friend Tom Nelson (The Outdoor Line 710AM ESPN Radio Show) who I knew was running Evinrude outboards and ask his thoughts on his E-TEC outboards. He sold me that E-TEC’s were the way to go. Here are some of the points he made about Evinrude and some of my findings.


Fuel Savings

Only the Evinrude E-TEC offers engine management computer that makes over 8 million calculations to insure you get the precise amount of fuel you need at any RPM so you’re not burning one more drop then needed. So that mean you will burn 44% less fuel and up to 50% less on older two stroke engines. This will equate to bigger fuel savings for those long salmon and tuna runs, more time on the water and less at the pump.



Evinrude offers no dealer-schedule maintenance for the first three years or 300 hours of service. That includes oil changes. Now, I spend more time fishing and less time waiting on the boat service. So already I saved about $1500 on boat service in the first year by going with Evinrude. The ETEC’s also have an “auto-winterization” feature so if you’re not going to be using your boat for a few weeks it will automatically winterize it for you.



Besides no service, an Evinrude E-TEC engine comes with a three-year no declining warranty. And, if you need to take care of anything, there is a large dealer network. 


Starting is a Dream

The starting system is handled by an onboard computer: no choking, no carburetor to flood. Turn the key, and you’re underway. Also, I went with Tom’s suggestion that I go with an Evinrude 15-HP HO kicker which is also fuel injected. It has a 15 amp charging system to keep all my batteries charged up and my Lowrance electronics operating at full voltage while trolling all day.



These motors are quiet, whether you’re trolling for salmon on the kicker or using the 200 mains to troll on for salmon and tuna. These are some of the quietest two-strokes I have ever run.



The Evinrude E-TEC has the lowest reportable emissions and is 100% EPA compliant. In fact, it won the EPA Clean Air Excellence award. You’ll have no problem with fishing in any clear water lakes and meeting local regulations.



The E-TEC has a power stroke for every revolution (twice that of a four stroke) combined with advance fuel injection and combustion system. That gives Evinrude E-TEC the quickest throttle control response in the industry. My boat weights in around 10K and the 200 E-TEC’s pop it right out of the hole and up on plane extremely quick.



With the lighter Evinrude E-TEC, your boat will simply perform better. For starters, there is less stress on the transom. I went from twin four stroke 150’s on my 26-foot North River boat to E-TEC 200’s and the weight is the same.


Plus, there are no service calls for 3 years, no break in time, lighter weight, more power and better fuel economy. The decision to repower with Evinrude E-TEC was a very easy decision for me.


I called Orrin at Kitsap Marina in Port Orchard, my local Evinrude dealer. He took me step by step through the process and helped me select the correct setup my boat.


Kitsap Marina had the motor repower done very quickly and I was out and running my new Evinrude E-TEC engines and enjoying the new power and fuel economy.