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yamaha or mercury 4 stroke


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I am looking at buying a fishing boat soon and have the option of getting a 115hp yamaha or merc 4 stroke. What is the better choice. i like walleye fishing and slow trolling is important. thanks.

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Fishing Addict,

The 115 4 stroke Will not troll down slow enough for walleye live bait fishing. I have one. The dealers will tell you they will.You will need an Electric or gas trolling motor for walleye fishing. A sea bag may help slow you down also.

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i would go with go with the yamaha. the way it sounds the mercurys are not very good motors and break very easily.

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Also as far as Merc or Yamaha goes, Merc uses a Yamaha block for there four stroke model so it really dosn't matter which you go with. But I know more people that like the Yamahas than the Merc so if I were looking at a new one I would go with the Yamaha though both are good motors.

[This message has been edited by iffwalleyes (edited 03-10-2003).]

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As iffwalleyes pointed out, the Mercury and Yamaha 115 have the same block. That is pretty much where the similarities end though. As far as I know (and someone correct me if I'm wrong) The block is the same, but the electronics, lower unit, engine mounts, etc are all mercury's design. The main consideration here is the lower unit, of which I haven't heard of any problems either way. I'm quite fond of Yamaha, and I would probably choose a yamaha because of that.

Just for curiosity sake, what is the difference in price between the two?

[This message has been edited by marine_man (edited 03-11-2003).]

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Mercury uses a complete Yamaha powerhead on the 115. I believe that the Mercury has a longer warranty right now. As far as I know both Merc and Yamaha are fairly hard to find right now. Merc is coming out with a brand new direct injected 115 early this summer. If it is like the bigger direct injected outboards it should be a great motor. Fast response, quiet, easy to start, light and smoke free. The two-stroke direct injection motors also require less maintance.

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