Up here, BBD are a LOT cheaper.
I have some pretty deep connections to Mercury, so I am biased. BUT, I have a friend that deals with bass boats, a few hundred of them a year.
He tells me that this the 225 HO Bomber will crush the Opti and run with the 250XS. He has only had one Etec failure. He raced as a factory driver for Merc, and has nothing be praise for the ETec, I have been in a few and have to say they are impressive!. He has more blown up Optis than all others combined.
Keep in mind that the ETec burns less oil than in the time it requires the Verado to change oil!.
Mercurys tests, like Bombardies are BS.... real world only matters.
Bombardier dominates at everything they do, maybe merc will wake up.