Evinrude E-Link, one leg of a generous open architecture attitude

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  2. Chris says:

    Hello Mr. Ellison,
    I read your article about:
    Evinrude E-Link, one leg of a generous open architecture attitude… written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Jul 4, 2016
    In the bottom you mention this:
    “Except that all of the E-Link and Icon Touch functionality may soon come to that Garmin screen above and/or other brand MFDs because Evinrude is apparently making that possibility quite easy!”
    I would love some advice if you have time…..
    I have a new Evinrude 150 h/p going on a new 19 foot heavy gauge Aluminum boat. I am at the point I need to order gauges. I prefer analogue style gauges but thought I had to upgrade to ICON Touchscreen to be able to adjust power steering and i-trim. I will also need to get GPS/Chartplotter/Fishfinder. I am rigging the boat from scratch, so I can go any way I want. It will have digital controls and NMEA 2000.
    Has there been any progress with Evinrude->Garmin to be able to display and change engine settings using a Chartplotter screen ? I also thought of using a GPS tablet for maps and possibly to display the Evinrude e-link app. However I assume tablets are not good fishfinders?
    Any suggestions from you would be appreciated.
    Thank you,

  3. Oliver says:

    Does the e link works on the etec 50hp build 2014?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Oliver, E-Link only works with E-Tec G2 outboards and, frankly. I’m not even sure it’s still available. I don’t know what happened to the product, but I see no mention of it at Evinrude anymore.

      However, your 2014 E-Tec 50 G1 can output a lot of information over NMEA 2000 but you may not be seeing it unless it was set up with an Icon Pro Series Tach and/or an N2K network connection to any gauge or MFD that can display engine data. I just did this myself with a E-Tec 115 G1 and the improvement over the Systemcheck gauges that came with the boat is pretty amazing. I will write about it soon. More info here:



  4. Oliver says:

    Hi Ben,
    Thank you very much for the fast reply! I appreciate it.
    I will go check out the forum on continuouswave.com to check documentation of the E-Link. I found some articles explaining connecting the E-Link to NMEA connector on the G1 models.

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