Moderated Discussion Areas
  ContinuousWave: Post-Classic Whalers
  Mercury Salt Water Series

Post New Topic  Post Reply
search | FAQ | profile | register | author help

Author Topic:   Mercury Salt Water Series
Boboe posted 03-18-2005 07:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for Boboe   Send Email to Boboe  
I notice Mercury offers a salt water series for their motors. Does this imply that the non-salt water series motors are not recommended for salt water use? Can someone explain the difference?
DeepSouthWhaler posted 03-18-2005 08:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for DeepSouthWhaler    
I was told by a dealer that the saltwater series has a different sticker on the cowling and one extra anode.
bigjohn1 posted 03-18-2005 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Two dealers have told me the only difference in the two lines (aside from the different color graphics) is the saltwater series has a stainless tilt tube - and it is about $50-$100 more. Also the Mariner line of Merc, which are simply Mercury engines with gray cowels, used to market the "Marathon" model line which was also dubbed a saltwater motor. The differences in the two Mariner lines was the same.

I live in Guam...we have a hot, humid, equitorial climate and its salty as all hell year-round. There are thousands of non-saltwater Mercury engines running around on boats here and they seem to do just fine. If they work here, the U.S. will be no problem on either coast. With all that said, I'd pay the extra 50 bucks or whatever it is to get that one ss part but mainly I just think the blue saltwater graphics look better - but just my opinion.

dauntlass 18 posted 03-18-2005 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
My saltwater series mercury has a stainless steel water pump housing vs the standard plastic material housing.I do not know if I have a stainless steel tilt tube.
LHG posted 03-18-2005 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
If I remember correctly, the "Saltwater" blue graphics Mercs were originally only available in 25" shaft length, 90-250 HP, and with twins also designated counter rotation availablility. The "Offshore" name preceeded the name "Saltwater". My 1997 200 EFI's use the "Offshore" designation, and do have different graphics than the 20" models. The stainless steel tilt tube was the main difference. Then, with increasing demand for Flats engines in the 20" 90-225Hp models, they began offering these 20" engines with the blue "Saltwater" graphics also. With the Verados, 135-275, this practice has stopped, and they are all "saltwater" equipped. The in-line 6 Verados don't even have a tilt tube, and have integral hydraulic steering, eliminating the kinds of problems Shiela is having with the now old fashioned Teleflex front mount cylinder.
Sheila posted 03-19-2005 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
As it happens, the problem had nothing to do with the tilt tube. It was the wrong grease. Jeff broke the bracket free tonight, after many rounds of penetrating oil. There is no visibile corrosion on the bracket nor on the rod.

I'm going to the boat show tomorrow. I'll hope to get a look at the Verado while I'm there. We don't need to repower right now; our motor is a 2000 model and runs like a top.

But when doing price comparisons, one should consider an integrated steering system vs. $1000 or so for a SeaStar unit. No?

AQUANUT posted 03-19-2005 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
the seastar is like comparing power steering to manual in your vehicle.


handn posted 03-19-2005 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
My 1999 225 Optimax was labeled "Bluewater". I assume it was a saltwater motor because it had zincs on it.
My Mercury had a flush port where you could hook it up to a hose and flush it with fresh water even with the boat in the water. I flushed it after nearly every use. After 1200 hours my engine had minimal internal corrosion despite being used in tropical waters.
If a fresh water motor was flushed after every use, I think it would have a long happy life.
Sheila posted 03-19-2005 12:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
Terry, could you expand? I think I understand you to say that the integrated hydraulic system that Larry mentioned on the Verado doesn't equal the performance of the SeaStar. Is that what you meant?
Rich M posted 03-19-2005 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
As mentioned about the Bluewater series, the Mercury Saltwater series also has the integrated hose fitting for convienient flushing.
Sheila posted 03-20-2005 02:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sheila  Send Email to Sheila     
And may I just add, that when we got to the show, I found a boat with a Verado on the transom. I stood in the otherwise empty booth for about 10 minutes and none of the three reps. on hand offered to assist me. (This was a marina, not Mercury factory guys.)

Off I wandered to another booth with a Verado. The rep. approached us and asked what he could help us with. The look on his face when I asked him to pop the cowling on the Verado? Priceless.

I didn't know they're made in Germany.

AQUANUT posted 03-20-2005 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
Hi Sheila,
I guess my analogy wasn't clear, I feel anytime a new product is introduced...I feel alot of research and technology should stand behind most cases it is an improvement, {I hope}.

in reference to the "made in germany"...well the germans are awesome engineers..mechanicaly speaking, historicaly speaking. Mercury used to display on its cowlings the word
"Kiekhaefer" 1940 - 1973...I believe that is German also.

I am glad to see germany versus "made in China" I see under the cowling of so many mercury engines I wrench on these days.

happy whalen sheila....:}

BoBoe do a search on topic Saltwater series mercury
a great read in the threads

Boboe posted 03-20-2005 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boboe  Send Email to Boboe     
I did the search and found a decent thread at the address below:

I'm picking up my 90 HP 2 stroke ELPTO Mercury and was worried that it was not equipped for saltwater use. I'm no longer worried about that as the difference in the salt water series is minimal. I plan to flush each time I pull the boat out of the water using earmuffs, as the built-in flush connector does not take care of the lower unit. Not sure what the purpose of the connector is if it doesn’t do the job. Possibly it serves a use for those that need to flush while in a slip. I have heard that you should always tilt the engine out of the saltwater when not in use and I always see my fellow boaters doing the same. Some of the posts I've read on this forum suggest differently.


Post New Topic  Post Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | RETURN to ContinuousWave Top Page

Powered by: Ultimate Bulletin Board, Freeware Version 2000
Purchase our Licensed Version- which adds many more features!
© Infopop Corporation (formerly Madrona Park, Inc.), 1998 - 2000.