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Old 05-12-2021, 10:37 AM
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Never heard Merc is junk. Tons of them on our lakes. By far the most popular.
It really depends on the age of the motor. 25 years ago, I would have ranked Mercury behind Yamaha and OMC (Johnson/Evinrude). Over the years, particularly since 4 strokes became more popular, Evinrude has kind of lagged behind (imo). Mercury and Yamaha have gone back and forth, and were pretty much the same motor for a period of years. Currently, Mercury has really overtaken everyone and the newer Yamahas do not have the reliability of the past (or so I've been hearing). But really most any outboard, if taken care of, will last as long as you need it to.

Its funny, though. A lot of old heads (said with the highest regard) have outboard brand loyalty that would put GM/Ford guys to shame.
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:44 PM
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Been dealing with outboards since I was 14, never seen a screaming Merc ever outlast, outdo, or outrun an OMC engine, even a lot of times when the OMC is lower HP. We used to run our stock 75 against 100 hp "black anchors' all the time. 75 vs 100, same boat size, same weight in boat, same prop pitch, whipped them every time. Mercs make a lot of noise, but speed, and holeshot, aren't commensurate with the din produced. IMHO. People buy them 'cause they think they are faster, but I never saw proof of that.
So “tower of power” is a no
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:29 PM
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Not as far as I'm concerned. OMC was always quieter, faster, and better looking.
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Old 05-13-2021, 08:19 AM
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Not as far as I'm concerned. OMC was always quieter, faster, and better looking.
So far I think this Evinrude is going to be a better power plant. They are both about 1994/5 the Merc has Oil injection which is nice but I've never really fully trusted oil injection (used to bypass on the snowmobiles anyhow easier to know I've got mix in the tank than wonder if its pumping)

Evinrude doesn't.

But I just don't trust that lower shift dog not to break again.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:43 PM
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OMC ruled the sub 150hp market back in the day with Mercury constantly chasing. It all changed when merc came out with the black max and their 60 degree V6 engine design.
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Old 05-14-2021, 12:21 PM
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But the Merc, OMC is out of business and parts are going to be difficult to get as time moves on.

I own two Mercs, 250xs optis, a 40hp Yamaha and a 9.9 OMC.

Buy the Merc!
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Old 06-09-2021, 03:57 PM
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Already own both

Swap went pretty good OMC had the oiler bypassed and I'm going to put that back together. Not that I mind premix but it uses a lot more oil mixing a constant 50:1.

Speed with the prop it came with is up to 25MPH - initially it was getting hot on speed runs so I installed a new water pump kit. Getting some overvoltage charging so new rectifier/regulator going in this weekend.

Ya know the fun parts of boats.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:46 AM
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Post some pics of the 'toon and motors!

We had a 1995 90hp Merc (brand new) on a 93 20' Premier pontoon. This was 1995 so 90hp on a 'toon was legit. We'd come out of a channel and pass just about everything and got a lot of looks. It probably was good for 25 - 27mph with a 16p 3 blade SS prop. The only thing that went wrong after about 10 years was a "computer" or engine control unit went bad. IIRC, it was almost $500 to replace. I think the impeller only got changed 2-3 times and was run through sand at the sand bar a few times Lot's of good memories on that boat over 20 some years!

Sold that boat to some lake neighbors and they still use it regularly today.
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