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Cole posted 09-14-2002 02:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cole   Send Email to Cole  
I own a 1997 17' Outrage with a Mercury 135HP Carb Motor, it's perfect. I have a buyer for my current motor and with his cash a repower to a 2003 Merc 115 4-stroke will cost me $3500 turn key. Struggling with the you think this change is worth $3500.00

Things to consider:
I live in CA (lakes are getting restricted)
3 Years of warranty on the new engine
Easy swap Merc to Merc, all controls work
Higher resale value...$3500 more??
Never get more money for my current motor
This is a long term boat for our family



dscew posted 09-14-2002 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I'm not an expert, but I think it would be worth it if the lower power and reduced acceleration inherent to 4 stroke engines are not issues; for "family" boating they usually aren't. For longevity, no smoke, no oil, and lower noise levels, the 4 strokes have it hands down. I have a 17' Whaler, and I think a 60 HP 4 stroke would be ideal for my family's boating (rated for 100 HP). You will want to look at the minimum and maximum rated HP for the boat. If the 115 is toward the upper end of the range, I would think it would be fine.
lhg posted 09-14-2002 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Do some searching for a previous discussion on same issue, almost same engines. Clark Roberts recently switched from a 135 Opti to a 115 4-stroke Merc. He detailed his experience.
Drisney posted 09-15-2002 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Cole, Your profile doesn't indicate where you are in Calif. But I believe that more and more lakes in Calif are going to be restricted. Lake Tahoe (which is restricted) has a wonderful boat in only campground on Emerald Bay. Great for a family outing. All of my friends who have switched to four cycle have been amazed and delighted at how quiet the motors are and smoke free....both huge pluses for family use. From yout description I think you should go for it !!!!Dave
Bigshot posted 09-16-2002 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do it!
JFM posted 09-16-2002 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I'll second Bigshot's motion. Do It!
David Ratusnik posted 09-16-2002 03:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
I'll up you two guys one-- if it's a "family boat" then sell it now 2 stroke and all and upgrade into the 20+ class. Money is no issue it would seem so buy the 4 stroke on a biggen. May be wasting the $3500 otherwise. .03 David

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