I had one of these (actually a 2000 Mariner but essentially the same engine) on a 5.6 Rib. An absolute disaster, the things weigh 177 kg which makes the power to weight awful. It was also disastrously unreliable, I only ever got about 25 hours out of it.
Our club also purchased a 2004 Mercury, the same engine but in Merc colours, for a 5.6 m Avon rib for diving. The engine was so heavy the rib was constantly flooding over the rear transom, in addition it was vey hard to get the boat to plane as the power weight ratio was terrible, and we tried numerous props! In the end we went back to using an old rib with a 90 HP Yamaha two stroke which performs marvellously.
For myself I eventually bit the bullet and put a 90HP Tohatsu TLDI on the boat. Result total transformation, floats 2 inches higher at the stern and has totally transformed the performance as well as being reliable and really economical. Hope this is of some use to you.
Originally Posted by slimtim
I'm thinking of getting one of these engines near me and have some questions as details are vague at best.
What weight is it?
Is it a dog, or is it ok?
Will it be efi or carb?
Is £3300 a good price? Sounds a bit pricey to me.
Any other info would be good.