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Old 02-07-2013, 04:04 PM   #11
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yes i do. i have 3 yamaha dealerships but only 2 id trust to do repairs within 35 minutes and 3 mercury dealerships within 35 minutes so its a toss up with dealerships
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Do you like Grey/silver or black?
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colors dont bother me. my boat color is aluminum/black/blue. im just trying to decide if its worth spending the extra money on a 2004 60/40 if im going to get the same performance out of a 1992 50/35 yamaha
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wouldnt the 60/40 merc get me on plane quicker compared to the 50/35?
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My point is you really can't tell without seeing some sort of dyno sheet or an actual head to head test. From all the data you can only surmise that they are close...

I like the grunt of the larger displacement but, it is heavier, and I would bet less efficient than the Yamaha. If you have no prefrence for either manufacturer the Merc is "old school" and gets it done. The Yammi is "clever" and still gets it done.

How much $ is the difference (I'm leaning toward the Merc, but I'm over 50, lol).
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well around my area the only 50/35s that ive seen in a 50 mile radius are 4 stroke hondas. i havent seen a yammi 50/35 in action. their are plenty of merc 60/40 2 strokes around that run id say about the 25-30 mph range on different length boats. their is a $1500 price between them. the yammi is a 92 and the merc is an 04.

what do you mean by "the Merc is "old school" and gets it done. The Yammi is "clever" and still gets it done"
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I was backing up my previous points that Merc is a larger displacement and old school thinking is that "there is no substitute for cubic inches". That theory is proven. That motor is bigger, heavier, more powerful and (I'm guessing) less efficient.

In my thinking, Yamaha 2 strokes are "clever" as like many Japanease designs, they try to improve the process, do more with less. Yamaha cut their teeth on 2 strokes and probably has done more research on 2 strokes than any other company. I believe there is way more engineering in the Yamaha than the Merc.


I just read...the Merc is 12 years newer. Everything else being equal... That's the one I'd buy. No contest, no matter how much I liked the Yamaha.

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i was looking on the internet and doing more researching and got alittle curious and i found something out that a yamaha 2001 40hp jet ( not sure if its a 40/30 or 60/40) 2 stroke are the same displacement, bore and stroke as the 50/35 yamaha jets
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going down tomorrow and closing the deal on the merc jet. i did some talking the last couple of days and i got them to throw in a 3 month warranty for free. that was the deal breaker for me
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Sounds like it was the DEAL MAKER !!!
Congrats on your purchase. Please post up some pics if you can and let us know how you like it when you get it wet.

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