Originally Posted by neilda
I thought they all clunked (within reason). A bit like motorcycle engines which do the same from neutral to first.
Some outboards are worse than others. My Yamaha was as smooth as you like, then I had a Merc 4 stroke which clunked quite loudly. I was told that this was quite common on this make and model of engine from the dealers I had it serviced at. My Evinrude it quite smooth too, but does clunk a little going into reverse but that is compared to going into forward.
I've been told that stainless props and solid hubs can cause a little more clunkiness to gear changes.