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In Reply to: Sea Fox & Mercury OB posted by debL on February 14, 2002 at 10:56:22:
I think that two major advantages to buying Mercury is their propeller selection and their awesome transom setbacks. Do you need a special prop? I use Mercury's "high 5" five blade design for skiing and fishing and it is wonderful. Also, look into getting a 6" setback for the 125 motor. It makes a big difference in performance on a small boat. If you don't care about these things, then the Mercury is just another motor.
Oh, one other thing. The 125 has an unsurpassed lower unit in terms of low drag and efficiency. Small plus.
Merc's are awesome and have a well desreved good reputation. Then again, the outboard business, especially in the mid to high end range, is so competitive that they're all good.
OMC had some problems and went into bankruptcy. Bombardier from Canada has purchased the outboards, Evinrude/Johnson. and is keeping the best they had and adding to it. They should be excellent, based on Bombardier's rep as an Aerospace manufacturer. I don't like a lot of French Canadian stuff or attitudes, but that company definitely has it all in one sock.
Yamaha builds a good motor, but they're awfully expensive for unnecessary bells and whistles.
Honda's are fantastic, but way too expensive and heavy.
Suzuki is also good.
Personally, Mercury/Mariner. No contest. IMHO the best there is, especially in bang for buck. Play with hieght and setback and definitey with props.
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