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dww posted 05-13-2003 02:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for dww   Send Email to dww  
I have an 1985 35hp Mariner outboard for my 13. Does anyone know why these engines are no longer sold? Are they reliable? Has anyone experienced any common problems with this make?

Oh yea, if the engine spits warmish water does that mean the engine is getting too hot?how worried should I be? Whats the cost for a standard tune up?


Dick posted 05-13-2003 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
It's a Mercury and a good engine.
The water coming out of the tell tale will be warm but should not be hot.


BKANE posted 05-13-2003 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for BKANE  Send Email to BKANE     
I grew up with a 13 Footer with a Mariner 30 on it. That poor outboard knew only two things 1 wide open teenage abuse 2 tied up at the slip. It never gave a moments problem for the 8 years I had it. After me it ended up on marine contractors barge and pushed a 12X26 foot wooden barge and floats for another 4 years. So I nothing but good things to say.

But Dick, I was always told that the it was a Yamaha motor on a Merc Shaft. But then again I was only a little water rat then. Brendan

skred posted 05-14-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I bought a 1981 "Demo" 40 Mariner from a local dealer, and ran it on a 15 ft. runabout for 4 years. Wasn't quite enough power for the boat when fully loaded, so it really had to work. Probably put 8 years wear on it in 4, and the thing never missed a beat - and never required a single trip to the repair shop. It was - of course - a Mercury in Mariner colors...
Tims_Tub posted 05-15-2003 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tims_Tub  Send Email to Tims_Tub     
In the 80's, the Mariners 40 hp and lower were Yamahas, but were actually the motors that Yamaha marketed internationally (supposedly outside of North America). The motors 45 hp and up were just rebadged Mercs. My friend had a 16' Mitchell with a Marnier 40 on it and it took all of the abuse that we could give it without problems. All we ever did was gas/oil it up and run it.
jimh posted 05-15-2003 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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dww posted 05-16-2003 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for dww  Send Email to dww     


Bigshot posted 05-16-2003 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Never saw a 35hp Mariner. They made 30 and 40hp even 45, 48 and 50's but never a 35 that I knew of. The older mariners were Yamaha up to 60hp except the 45 & 50hp merc inline 4's. In 1989 or so they were all mercury except the 6hp and lower which then changed from yamaha to tohatsu. Small mercs have been tohatsu since 1976. I had a 1982 30hp(yamaha) and that thing was bullet proof.

mariner was owned by Yamaha and was their shoe-in to America in 1977 by taking their engines 60hp & below and matching up with Mercury for their 70hp and above. Mercury then bought them out in 1983 and hence you saw Yamaha move overseas in 1984 with their line up. Pretty neat story but like everything else Brunswick eventually went to pot.

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