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Old 09-30-2020, 02:34 PM
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Need some opinions on Mercury Outboards.. Specifically the 90hp or 115hp new.. I had an old pull start 25hp vintage 1970's and it was pretty good.. I used it 30 days a year during duck season... it always got me home.....
Looking at re-powering my inshore very shallow draft fishing boat and my mechanics in Matlacha Florida was an Evinrude dealer and is now a Mercury dealer....
Anyone have experience with reliability and service that they would like to share?
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While I do not have first hand experience with the Merc 90/115, I will say that all the brands are good and that the most important consideration is your dealer.
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You have the most important thing, regardless of brand...a good dealer and mechanic.
All of these engines are great and crap, at the same time. They're great because they are new and efficient. They are crap because they are machines and break and wear and get damaged.
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We have about 200 hours on our 2017-built merc 115. No issues, very quiet, very economical, very easy to do DIY maintenance if thats your thing. Very happy.
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Originally Posted by casaleenie View Post
Need some opinions on Mercury Outboards.. Specifically the 90hp or 115hp new.. I had an old pull start 25hp vintage 1970's and it was pretty good.. I used it 30 days a year during duck season... it always got me home.....
Looking at re-powering my inshore very shallow draft fishing boat and my mechanics in Matlacha Florida was an Evinrude dealer and is now a Mercury dealer....
Anyone have experience with reliability and service that they would like to share?
I would go with the closest reputable dealer on whatever make you chose.
The dealer makes the difference to me. And ease of service is more important than the brand. IMO
The motors of now are nothing like in the past . Go with the best service available.
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I had a 2017 90hp Mercury Fourstroke on my Boston Whaler. That engine was great . I put over 200 hours per season on it with 0 issues. It’s a very quiet and dependable engine.
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I've been on a boat with the 115 Merc and was very impressed by the engine. Unless it's beyond the limit for your boat, the 115 seems more sense - 25hp more for no weight penalty.
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My mercury 06 90 four stroke has been dead nuts reliable. Repowering with the 115xs command thrust. Awesome value and lighter package than my older 4 stroke.
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Mercury builds a good engine, so does Yamaha, Evinrude and a host of others. Mercury has been building outboards an awful long time. They have some facilities and capabilities for casting that are state of the art. Heck, GM used Mercury for casting the block for one of the Corvette engines back some years ago.
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I've been on a boat with the 115 Merc and was very impressed by the engine. Unless it's beyond the limit for your boat, the 115 seems more sense - 25hp more for no weight penalty.
The boat is at its max horsepower rating with the 115hp. My first choice will be another 115... it's really, essentially, a flat bottom boat (3 degree) hull with a tunnel hull ... it does close to 40 mph full out but that can get pretty scary in the ICW ..... I run at 3150 rpm, 17 to 20 mph and stay away from any boat that throws a wake.... I got 7 mpg when the motor ran ... I just need to be sure it'll run on demand.... no matter which way I end up... repair or replace
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Mercury builds a good engine, so does Yamaha, Evinrude and a host of others. Mercury has been building outboards an awful long time. They have some facilities and capabilities for casting that are state of the art. Heck, GM used Mercury for casting the block for one of the Corvette engines back some years ago.
Evinrude doesn't make outboard engines as of about 2 months ago and that's part of the problem..... BRP is out of the outboard business.... Woke up one day and it was over.... I'm wondering if I should just cut my losses and run... Looking for the best and least expensive options..


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Well, there is always the next generation of propulsion whatever that is. If we continue to allow the government to destroy companies with stupid eco-crap we will all be back to oars. I suspect the last outboard motor made will have Mercury on the cowling.
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Well, there is always the next generation of propulsion whatever that is.
I'm figuring nuclear fission, flux capacitors, or rechargeable LiPo hulls. They all have about the same likelihood of success.

Oh and let's not forget the magnetohydrodynamic caterpillar drive.....
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I have a 2015 90hp merc 4 stroke on a whaler. The thing has been flawless. Knock on wood i havent done anything to it but change the oil and plugs. Would buy another in a heartbeat. My other boat has twin verados, so far so good as well. You can find a merc mechanic anywhere.
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I had a 2006 60HP Mercury Bigfoot on my old 17' Whaler for 12 trouble free years but shifting was stiff and "clunked" into gear .
I now have a 2015 Mercury 90HP on a Scout Sportfish 175 which has been trouble free for close to 400 hours but shiftng is still stiff and "clunks" into gear. Is this normal for Mercury's?
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I just bought a mercury 150hp. I have to say I like the engine but I've discovered an important truth. Having a good dealer/mechanic close by is the #1 priority. That being said if I had a choice I'd go with suzuki then yamah before Merc. I look at what commercial people and people in remote locations use. When I go to Canada it's almost all Yamaha. I had several people who put well over 1000 hrs on motors claim that the suzuki was amazing. A commercial guy had one on a work barge (smaller one) said it gets put in and out of gear hundreds of thousands of times and it's been bullet proof.

I do agree though that all the makers have pretty good engines. I've just heard more praise for yamaha and suzuki
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If you do not want another dead end, I would shy from Suzuki as they have had some issues of recent, corporate level, nothing wrong with the engines, but ------. So that leaves Mercury and Yamaha. Of the two, outboards and marine propulsion are Mercury core business, Yamaha it is not central, though certainly important. Well, there is Honda still but again outboards are not a core business for them.
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I have a 2019 Mercury 90 CT on my 19' skiff. I have always had Yamahas but have a local dealer that sells Mercury so decided to try one out. It is super quiet and has tons of torque. I absolutely love it so far. Very easy to maintain and sips fuel.

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