Originally Posted by River Cruiser
Lets not forget the Mercury double strokes, my late 90s 50hp runs and starts great with minimal maintenance - gas & oil plus the yearly lower unit oil change and the occasional new impeller.
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Back in the day... 50's, 60's, 70's I heard bad rap about Mercs; in that they ran too hot and blew up too soon. Few years ago I listened to highly respected marine o/b and i/b mechanic relate to a few of us at a gathering that Merc's should be avoided due to more often breakdowns and expensive parts. Actually, you are the first I've seen praising a Merc. I'm brought to this question: Although I have always sided with (owned) Johnson, Evinrude, and Nissan o/b's... and if Merc's are bad mouthed too often... why in recent years (the last decade or more) have I seen the majority of new o/b's on boats being Mrecs? Hot/smart promoting/advertising?? Lower initial price on new o/b??? Or, has the down-beat info I've listened to for decades regarding Merc's stemmed from many years past; and, now Mercury has become a really good o/b manufacturer?
Deep in SF Delta where we boat there are many hundreds of fast fishing boats that compete in tournaments... with 100 hp to 300 hp o/b's on them. I'd say 75% or more are Mercs!