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Old 05-28-2020, 05:44 AM
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Iím a guide up in Maine and I was in the etec pro program, had a 300 etec coming my way once the brp plants opened back up. Well after brpís announcement yesterday discontinuing all outboards effective immediately time to go a different route. Iím thinking that route is Suzuki so Iím wondering if they have any programs for guides/charter captains?
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Merc generally is most involved with guide programs
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Merc generally is most involved with guide programs
^ This. Mercury has a much larger guide program than Suzuki, and is much easier to get into.
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any body care to share some of the highlights/requirements of the various pro/guide programs?
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^ This. Mercury has a much larger guide program than Suzuki, and is much easier to get into.

mercury is my last choice though. In the 300ís they are the heaviest. And you have to run 93 octane. Doing 200-250 trips a season 93 would cost me thousands more a season. I really like the Yamaha 300 but the price difference and the timing chain over belt with Suzuki has me leaning that way. Along with a few friends that have had zero issues with their Suzukiís.
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any body care to share some of the highlights/requirements of the various pro/guide programs?
cant speak for the other brands right now but for evinrude I can. You have to be a guide that puts a lot of people across the deck a season. Or a tournament angler thatís very competitive. You need your dealer to recommend you to the program. Have to own the motor longer than 180 days but no more than 2 years. You have to make a handful of promotional appearances for your dealer a year, ex boat shows, open houses ect. Business license, guides license, captains license. Fairly decent social media presence. There are 3 tiers of the program that determine what level discounts you get. Iím not allowed to give numbers but you get discounts on motors/parts/accessories
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Actually the Merc 300 is the lightest of the 300s at 527 lb and requires 87 octane. A Suzuki DF300 weighs over 600 lb

where are seeing this? Thatís the opposite of all that I found.
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cant speak for the other brands right now but for evinrude I can. You have to be a guide that puts a lot of people across the deck a season. Or a tournament angler thatís very competitive. You need your dealer to recommend you to the program. Have to own the motor longer than 180 days but no more than 2 years. You have to make a handful of promotional appearances for your dealer a year, ex boat shows, open houses ect. Business license, guides license, captains license. Fairly decent social media presence. There are 3 tiers of the program that determine what level discounts you get. Iím not allowed to give numbers but you get discounts on motors/parts/accessories
Evinrude is history now, so you better look around if you want to continue on a program.
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Originally Posted by Fuldraw View Post
where are seeing this? Thatís the opposite of all that I found.
https://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/...p.pdf?u=orhjei
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Evinrude is history now, so you better look around if you want to continue on a program.
Yep, Evinrude is so last week
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Originally Posted by Fuldraw View Post
mercury is my last choice though. In the 300ís they are the heaviest. And you have to run 93 octane. Doing 200-250 trips a season 93 would cost me thousands more a season. I really like the Yamaha 300 but the price difference and the timing chain over belt with Suzuki has me leaning that way. Along with a few friends that have had zero issues with their Suzukiís.
Merc 300 is the lightest 300 and only takes 87.

Suzuki 300 takes 89.

I think your looking at specs for the old 300s not the new V8.
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Evinrude is history now, so you better look around if you want to continue on a program.
exactly my point of the post. Someone else was just asking what the requirements/benefits are
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Originally Posted by Fuldraw View Post
etc. I’m thinking that route is Suzuki so I’m wondering if they have any programs for guides/charter captains?
Yes they do. Evinrude was the easiest program to get onto, especially if you were a hold over from the OMC days while other manufacturers have never been as easy. Times change and program requirements change as new people take over the engine pro staff program. Mercury is likely your best bet, while Suzuki's program is a little more difficult to get onto.

In todays world you have to do something with their engines that gets publicity for the manufacturer, and a guide who does nothing more than fishing 400-500 anglers/year won't do the trick. "Fuldraw" above said it best, and going with a new manufacturer you will need to convince your new dealer that you have already done, and can continue to do what he said.

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