Along with my search for a new boat (either a skiff or Bass boat), I am looking for experiences with the 4-Stroke Yamaha engines and the E'Rude E-Tec HO outboards. I have been a life long Yamaha guy and I loved the HPDI and the new SHO is incredible. My experience with the HO is basically non-existant, other than knowing a few folks who have had nothing but issues with them on their Bass boats in 225 and 250 sizes. Based on the skiffs that I am looking at, I am looking at an outboard between 115 and 150. I have been hearing good things about the HO in those sizes on skiffs, but I also know the 'Hammer is a tried and true design that a lot of guys use! I would imagine fuel consumption and oil burn would be fairly close with either engine. Staying a Yamaha guy wouldn't bother me and would be quite easy. That being said, the HO does interest me and I may have a go with it if all is right! I look forward to your experiences with these engines!