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BemidjiWhaler posted 12-12-2003 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for BemidjiWhaler   Send Email to BemidjiWhaler  
I'm the proud owner of a new 2003 17 foot Montauk (sold the 1976 13 foot Whaler and made the jump into the 21st Century!)

The new Montauk has a 2004 Mercury 90 Classic Saltwater Series engine with a built in fresh water flushing system. Mercury told me the only differences between the Saltwater and standard series are the decals and the flushing system.

The mechanic at my Whaler dealer recommended that I still use the "ear muff" type flushing device. He said that was the way to ensure the water pump was working and the pump was also flushed.

Any Comments?

jimh posted 12-12-2003 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
"Mercury" has told you something different than it told others in the past. Then it said the difference included a stainless steel tilt tube and some other stainless fastners.

Who was your spokesperson at Mercury?

BemidjiWhaler posted 12-12-2003 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for BemidjiWhaler  Send Email to BemidjiWhaler     
RE: Mercury Saltwater Engines


I searched all the Whaler information I had to find differences in the saltwater and standard Mercury engines, but I couldn't find anything.

Next, I got online and ordered the Mercury catalog (which I got in about 3 days I might add!) but there was nothing about different components in there either.

I called the Mercury customer support number; I asked about differences in the two lines of motors, and it was then I was told that the only differences were the decals and the flushing system.

I really appreciate the informative, relevant and well-moderated website. Are you the same Jim that published the Whaler newsletter?


lhg posted 12-12-2003 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Maybe Mercury is using the SS tilt tube in all of it's models now? This would be good, because the regular ones eventually corrode up even in a fresh water environment.

I thought both lines (red or blue graphics) had the hose flushing port?

cape_rover posted 12-12-2003 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
[I'm the proud owner of a new 2003 17 foot Montauk ]

[The new Montauk has a 2004 Mercury 90 Classic Saltwater Series ]

I've been told by whaler the 2004 montauk does not come with the salt water series 4 stroke. Where did you get a 2003 whaler with a 2004 engine? Does your 2003 montauk have the orginal engine - or was it a demo or some other arrangement?

Knot at Work posted 12-13-2003 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
my red decaled 90hp 4 stroke does... and I use the ear muffs and the provided for water port.

but all my mounting hardware is stainless and Brass... ?

So I am not sure if I have a saltwater or freshwater, but I run in Brackish water and occasional Gulf.. we will see tell you in 20 years!

BemidjiWhaler posted 12-13-2003 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for BemidjiWhaler  Send Email to BemidjiWhaler     

The 2003 MTK came with a 2-stroke Mercury 90. The manufacturer's statement of origin says the motor was manufactured in 2003, but it is classified as a 2004 model.

AQUANUT posted 12-13-2003 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
This is basically the difference between saltwater series 90 hp 2[s] and non saltwater series

I work @ b/w dearlership...mercury/yamaha/honda dlrs too

90 salt has stainless tilt tube/and two associated stainless steel nuts..1 at each end...

a blue saltwater series decal on cowl
and a quick connect/dis-connect flusher attachment

p/n merc 856795A 00 is decal set
p/n merc 826125A 1 tilt tube s/s
p/n merc 826164 nut s/s
p/n merc 826135 nut s/s

there ya go book chapter and verse,
happy whalen

montauks' with big black balls rule....115 hp EFI 4[s] yeah baby

momma always said four strokes are twice the fun as two!!!

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