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The Inevitable Emergence of the Mercury Monopoly

Old 02-22-2021, 02:21 PM
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Merc has boats in Disney with over 8000 hours
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Old 02-22-2021, 02:26 PM
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Just some things I have noticed, because I really am not a brand loyal person at all. I live in the Northern Gulf Coast were Yamaha is king, period. Do I care, no. I have always felt Yamaha had some major (gutless) hole shot and corrsion issues. I think these new V6 and V8 Mercs. are really going to close the torque gap that was left behind when 2 stroke left. So maybe Merc. is on the upswing. I feel Mercury's rise in sales is for one reason and one reason only, the high end CC market. When Merc. hit the market with the narrow L6, it became a game to see how many engines you could fit on the back. At almost 6 inches wider because of their V6 config., it was a game Yamaha was going to lose. Yamaha tried to fix the problem with the 425, but the damage was already done. So to me, Merc.'s innovation was a narrow foot print.
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Yamaha will dominate the saltwater market because the top selling saltwater boats come exclusively with Yamaha. A lot of those are long term commitments.

Until Merc does something about that Yams will be the dominant saltwater OB. I have a Yam 200. I wish I could have gotten a V6 Merc.
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Agreed
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Originally Posted by XenScott View Post
Yamaha will dominate the saltwater market because the top selling saltwater boats come exclusively with Yamaha. A lot of those are long term commitments.

Until Merc does something about that Yams will be the dominant saltwater OB. I have a Yam 200. I wish I could have gotten a V6 Merc.
I put off buying a new hull because it was only being offered with an Evinrude from the factory, or a Yammie from the dealer, and ai want a 200 hp Merc V8😁
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Originally Posted by Gunner38 View Post
Planet Florida, Yamaha is losing their grip in SWFL, initially to Zuke due to price, now to Mercury for innovation. At least half of the new quad boats I see have Merc's on them, and that's before the 600 came out.
Don't forget the F150's Balance Shaft Gears, Corrosion Issues, and F350 "Fly Wheel normal Maintenance". Sorry, but I have run Yamaha and Suzuki since 1984, after another Brand let me down. If I had 1 of those experiences with a Yamaha, then Suzuki would be my only option.
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I have yet to see any reasonable explanation on why Merc will end up with a monopoly. Sure, their new motors may gain market share but they are far from gaining a monopoly as OP thinks they will have.
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Originally Posted by DEBTICATED View Post
Anyone even seen a Merc with 4-6k hours on it? I sure has hell haven't
Just last year (2020) I made service calls for various reasons to several charter and government vessels all over Louisiana with Mercury power. They’re all over 1500 hours, some are over 5000 hours and one set approaching 8000 hours. The most I’ve personally seen was 15,000 hours. All quads or triples. To my knowledge, they all had original powerheads and lower units. When I get sent out on a service call, it’s electronics related 99% of the time.

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Old 02-23-2021, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by DEBTICATED View Post
After they moved to FL
Naw, they don't do very well with salt. Rots the f'king exhaust bro.
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