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RonB posted 08-03-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)   Profile for RonB   Send Email to RonB  
The decals on the rear of the cowling on my 2000 135 Optimax (100 hours) have decided to curl at the edges.

While I consider it no big deal, the motor runs fine, it looks like crap.

Has anybody else experinced this? And since my Optimax is warranted at least another year, should I have my dealer replace them?


Treypescatorie posted 08-03-2004 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
I have same problem with my 2000 2oo hp optimax. I think that when the engine is tilted up the sun beats on the sticker.
outrage 93 posted 08-03-2004 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for outrage 93  Send Email to outrage 93     
The bad news is the sticker is almost $200.00!
MyOutrage posted 08-03-2004 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
No brainer in my opinion:

- Engine still under warranty
- I'm assuming no visable signs of decal abuse
- $200 to buy the decal yourself

I'd go back to the dealer. I'm guessing (based on the other posting) that this has happened before and they'll take good care of you.

RonB posted 08-03-2004 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

My Optimax sits in a marina slip tilted up, not abused, not scratched nor banged up, just looking up at the sun until the next time I use the boat. The northeast is much cooler than some of the other climates these Opti's reside in as well.

I'll call the dealer tomorrow and will let you all know how it goes down.


Legobusier posted 08-03-2004 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Legobusier  Send Email to Legobusier     
Cleary a warranty item in my opinion. If it were paint, it would be covered, right? The choice of the manufacturer to use decals rather than detailed painting does not relieve them of the responsibility of producing a defect free product.

bsmotril posted 08-05-2004 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
After you get the decal replaced, have the cowl clear coated by a good paint shop. The clear coat will go a long way to keeping the decal in good shape over a longer time. BillS
David Ratusnik posted 08-09-2004 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Over the past year I have gone thru phases where I lust after a late model Outrage or Dauntless. During these phases I look at a few boats. I am struck by the number of boats where a great weakness is the paint/decals on a Mercury. The decals seem more suspect than the paint. D
Moose posted 08-10-2004 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
My 2000 150 Optimax has 80 hours on, as of May. It's stored on the trailer in a garage, very litte exposure to sun, only three weeks of salt water/air in those 80 hours! already has cracking and peeling on the decals. Lots of heat under my collar everytime I see it....

RonB, please let us know how things work out, maybe I should inquire about getting my dealer to replace it if your successful.


davej14 posted 08-10-2004 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I wonder if the optimax runs hotter, leading to premature failure of the decals?
Moose posted 08-10-2004 02:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     

I don't want to risk an attack by knocking my Mercury too much on this site.... but, you might be on to something... mine has often run to the tune of the temperature alarm.

Or, more likely, it's just a bad bunch of decals.

David Ratusnik posted 08-10-2004 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Moose- I don't think my anecdotal analysis is due to engine heat. Simply, cheap decals and possibly cheap paint. Let me continue with my anecdote. The late model Outrages that I look at are typically 5 +/- years old. I've looked at approx 10, with all but 2 showing cowling wear and tear. Granted, the boats are all in Central Florida. Now, I live on a canal where the neighbors all have boats hanging over a canal in their backyards. (Mine, a 22' Outrage '86 is the oldest). We have a nice representation of Mercs, Yamahas, OMCs, newer Bombs, no Susies. While the Mercs all have cowling issues, the others seem unblemished. It would appear to me that Merc cowlings breakdown more rapidly than most others. Maybe the black color has something to do with it? I'd be curious what other Merc owners have experienced with their decals and paint- say, out 5 years on the engine. David
MyOutrage posted 08-10-2004 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
Perhaps I'm out of line here but in my mind, usage in the hot Florida sun is no excuse for decal failure. Rumor has it that people have been known to boat in Florida from time to time... and (I'm told) even while the sun is out (he says with a huge amount of scarcasm) I agree with David "CHEAP DECALS".

Ron, we're dying to find out if the dealer made good on the decals... please let us know.

stompy27 posted 08-10-2004 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for stompy27  Send Email to stompy27     
Not knowing where all of the posts reside, in my experience the decals have more problem with extreme temp differentials(Extreme Hot to Extreme Cold). In the heat the decal expands and the cold it contracts. Those having the most fluctuations in temp may have the most problems. My 2002 90 ELPTO(uncoverd)stays in an ambient temp from high 90's to high 60's lo 70's and has had no pealing.

2002 170 Montauk
2002 90ELPTO

RonB posted 08-19-2004 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     

Sorry, been offline a bit, wife took a spill and broke her arm so I've been running around doing things around the house that my better half normally does. I'll pin down the dealer tomorrow and update later on tomorrow.

Gotta get the kids in bed...


disneycaber posted 08-22-2004 12:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for disneycaber  Send Email to disneycaber     

Have not been back to the dealer yet (100 mile trip) but the black paint is peeling from the lower unit of my Mercury 2004 60 hp 4 stoke. My expectations are that it's a warranty item. Decals are ok as of now.We'll see when I bring it in for winter storage.

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