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CHenry posted 05-01-2002 08:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for CHenry   Send Email to CHenry  
I've looked through a couple of the forums and read a few threads on repowering but none seem to quite apply to my situation, having said that...

I currently have a '97 Merc 135 Carb (saltwater series) on my Whaler. Great motor, great performance, never a problem, but I'm in CA and things are starting to get restrictive when it comes to lakes and two-strokes. Not wanting to be "stuck" in a year or two, I figure time to sell the 135 while it's still perfect and under warranty, and get something that will meet emissions standards for some time to come.

I use my boat for short offshore runs and water sports. I'd like to stick with a Merc so I don't have to switch any of my controls or gauges, should be an "easy off, easy on"

The Options (aka the problem)
The 4-stroke 115 or the 150 Optimax.

The 4-stroke is very appealing (and 3500 less than the 150 Opti) but I'm concerned about giving up the 20 hp. I'm very rarely at full throttle so maybe this doesn't matter? I don't really have a feel for what those 20 ponies mean to me on the back of my boat; would I miss them?

The 150 Optimax...great motor...a lot of money...should I really be spending $11k right now on a 2-stroke...even if it does burn cleaner than the 4-stroke? Another 15 hp would be great...but is this the right choice??

Looking forward to your thoughts and opinions. I'll post this over in one of the other forums make sure I get good coverage.



Wild Turkey posted 05-01-2002 11:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     

It might be hard to sell your existing 2-stroke 135HP.... a bunch of people in the same situation as you in California.

I think the Mercury Optimax 135HP, 150HP, 175HP line has gotten good reviews from participants in this forum.


CHenry posted 05-02-2002 10:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for CHenry  Send Email to CHenry     
That's true...but in reviewing quite a lot of local Marine papers...really not too many used outboards for maybe I'll be OK.

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