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Old 05-06-2015, 04:58 PM
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Default Yamaha 350 vs Mercury 350 - Which one?

Debating on the Yahama F350 or Mercury Vrods 350 on new build....I know the V350 is new to market, but I have to believe that Mercury would not have released without thorough testing..... Have at least a year before final decision has to be made. Just looking for thoughts and opinions

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What 2stroke are you looking at?
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NOooooooooooo!!!!!!
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Sorry, thinking one thing and fingers typed another thing.. Which four stroke would be better title.
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what's the boat and more info please on the set up?

for Christ sake!!!!!
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Oh Waiter, check please
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Just put a Freeman 34 on order....
Freeman likes Yahamas, I am partial to Mercury's. I know there is a new build thread for a 34VH, with Mercury 350's on it.... Very interested in how it turns out, performance numbers, fuel, etc.
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I would get one or the other...........
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Default Mercury Vrod 350 vs Yahama F350

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Debating on the Yahama F350 or Mercury Vrods 350 on new build....I know the V350 is new to market, but I have to believe that Mercury would not have released without thorough testing..... Have at least a year before final decision has to be made. Just looking for thoughts and opinions
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I can assure you on that exact boat the F350's won't disappoint. Tailin Strange's Freeman should have performance numbers next week though....
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Thanks starkman, I am looking forward to Tailin Stranges numbers and I know either brand is a great reliable motor and neither would disappoint..
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Um they are both four strokes...

Generally V-rods are thirsty, but I think the v-rod 350 is more efficient then the F350. F350 has a surprising amount of low end grunt, but once the v-rod supercharger winds up the F350 can't touch it. My experience is with the old v-rod 350 though, and different boats so it's hard to compare. I like the sound of the F350 more, as I hate the whine of V-rods. Apparently they did away with that on the new 350 and 400, and even with the whine v-rods are much quieter and smoother. F350 has a history of throwing flywheels, not sure if that is a concern now though. V-rod has much better corrosion protection. All in all, I don't really see the F350 having any advantages over the V-rod unless you absolutely must hear the awesome growl of a V-8. Since that doesn't seem to be a concern of yours, I'd vote V-rod 350
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changed title to reflect what he meant to say
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a pair of F350s are going to be ~240 lbs heavier than a pair of V350s. Not an insignificant number.
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Verado, no doubt about it.
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If you have a year to make the choice I would wait on more numbers from the V-rods before making the choice. The Yamaha are proven on that hull. The V-rods may be better, may not.

Either way that will be a awesome boat.
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I think the choice will be an easy one once you see the current 34 Freeman's numbers that is close to completion with the v rod.
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I'd go With the Vrod. I'm pretty sure you can buy a longer extended warranty with them versus the yams.

I am also assuming the new v8's have the flywheel issue also?
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I'd go With the Vrod. I'm pretty sure you can buy a longer extended warranty with them versus the yams.

I am also assuming the new v8's have the flywheel issue also?
Yes they do. Every 300 hours. If that's what I can depend on then I'm happy! The boat has to be maintenanced then anyways so why not have the shop put on brand new FREE flywheels. I don't see how this is an issue at all. Yes Yamaha should have a fix for it more permanent but scheduling replacement free of charge on a more major service interval is almost just as good. We do all of our own servicing except for the 300 hr service.
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