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Old 07-08-2020, 05:19 PM
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Default Re-power options Mercury 300 vs Yamaha 300

Looks like the Everglades just lost cylinder #6 and needs new power. Going to move to a 300 and there are two options on the table currently. All things considered even with a change of controls the Merc comes out slightly cheaper and warranty are the same. Merc will be the V8 and 60lbs lighter than the current F250 while the Yamaha is a V6 and its a Yamaha so the controls/rigging can stay the same. Dealer support is basically the same for me.

Just curious of opinions, pros/cons for either one or better yet real world experience between both.

Thanks.
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Mercury's V8 offerings are better. Alot better.
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I just went from 2 F250 yamahas to the merc 300s . Incredible difference. I used two rivers boat works.
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Originally Posted by gotboostedvr6 View Post
Mercury's V8 offerings are better. Alot better.
^^^^^ this
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Lighter, 50 more hp , cheaper

no brainer
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old vs new.... go MERC
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Ditto on Mercs, quieter and better fuel economy.
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Interesting how favored the Mercs are in this thread so far. I have to say on paper and initial reviews the mercs look awesome. I would like to try them. Yamaha and Suzuki more proven for now.
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Merc. Hands down.
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So strange cause every other thread i read says yamaha or suzuki over the mercs cause .erc relia ility isnt good. Idk how true that is but if you look at most of the guys who earn their living in the water usually yamahas
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Really happy you started this thread. I am in a 290 Pilot and about to need a repower - or a move up in size. I'm looking at the same options and will be very interested in what you find and decide to do. Please let us know how it goes.
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Originally Posted by cftsmoke View Post
Really happy you started this thread. I am in a 290 Pilot and about to need a repower - or a move up in size. I'm looking at the same options and will be very interested in what you find and decide to do. Please let us know how it goes.
X2. I’m repowering my Pursuit C310 in the next year or so.
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The Mercury V8 300 only requires 87 octane fuel.

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So strange cause every other thread i read says yamaha or suzuki over the mercs cause .erc relia ility isnt good. Idk how true that is but if you look at most of the guys who earn their living in the water usually yamahas
Most of the guys who earn their living on the water around here have moved over to Mercury. What does that mean?
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I repowered a C280 Pursuit about two years ago with new FBW F250's. They are excellent motors and the combination of more torque and FBW they have changed the entire character of my boat. A good friend just repowered his 34 SeaVee with two new Mercury 300 V8's and they are game changers. IMO the unknown with the Mercury is long term reliability simply because they haven't been in use long term. The early returns on the Mercs look promising but they are just that, early returns.
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Thank you all for the input, I am a little surprised as well with all the in favors for Merc. It looks like the Mercury has the extended warranty available as well, if the cost nets out the same as Yamaha that would mean 8 years of warranty.
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I love my F300. Very strong. Almost impeccable track record over the past 8-9 years. Great motor

But very interested in the v8 300.

I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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But I forgot to add the Mercs be ugly.
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What does it mean..not a whole bunch.

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The Mercury V8 300 only requires 87 octane fuel.



Most of the guys who earn their living on the water around here have moved over to Mercury. What does that mean?
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Buy ‘merican!
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Funny there was a time Merc was considered racing only and Yami was the gold standard, and now Merc is the big player, nice job to the designers and engineers at Mercury!
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