Re: Did Yamaha build 40HP outboards for Mariner?
I bought a Mariner magnum 4 cylinder 40 horsepower in 1993. The dealer told me it was the old 50 Mercury powerhead, other people outboard mechanics told me the Mariner was made in Japan, I don't really know. I do know this, it ran for 11 years, was good on fuel, very quiet operation, it started up as soon as you hit the key, one of if not the best boat motor I ever purchased!
I ran that motor long and hard, in salt and fresh water! When it died, I gave it to the dealer and bought a new 40 horse Mercury,,3 cylinder 2005 model. It isn't as quite as the Mariner,,isn't as good on fuel as the mariner was, and doesn't start as good as the Mariner did! How long it will last is anyone's guess! We shall see,,if I live long enough!
Oh yeah, the Mariner ran very smooth and idled like a dream, the smooth operation I was told was due to the motor having 4 cylinders,,it sure ran smoother then the new Mercury does!