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Old 04 June 2012, 12:51   #1
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Mariner 10hp

I saw a SIB on the local lake today with a "Mariner 10hp" outboard on the back.

I checked the Mariner website and they don't do a 10hp, unless I missed it. The engine looked fairly small, but what interested me was the F-N-R control was on the tiller arm with the twist grip, which looked to be a really good idea.

Could this be an old 2-stroke model, although it looked newish? Or do they do a 4-stroke with the F/R control on the twist grip?
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Old 04 June 2012, 13:20   #2
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Do you mean the gear selector was incorporated into the throttle (ie twist one way for F the other way for R) or the actual selector lever was at the base of the tiller (like a Yam ) as opposed to being round the side (like our Tohatsus)?

Having tried the Yam it's a lot more convenient where they put it than round the side...
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Old 05 June 2012, 06:14   #3
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The F/N/R control was done with the throttle twistgrip and the guy operating it was able to move the boat about accurately without taking his hand off the tiller, seemed a really good system.
The power head was no bigger than my Tohatsu 9.8 2-stroke
I looked on the internet but cannot find any details for a "Mariner 10hp" (which is what it said on the engine)

Sadly I was unable to talk to the guy as they did not come ashore while we were there.

Has anybody on here got one of these engines?
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Have one here in the workshop at the moment. Same engine as the 9.9/15 two stroke. There was a fair few 10's produced, also branded as Mercury XR10, sea-pros, marathons.

The twist shift throttle is fairly common, used on several engines and standard on the current fourstroke 8/9.9 and 15/20. It works well. There is facility to dis-engage the gearshift so that throttle can be used in neutral.
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As samt says I think this is becoming the standard on more modern engines (compared to our older design 2 strokes) - there was a topic some time back on here discussing the pros and cons IIRC...
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6/8/9.9 mercury and mariner 2 strokes of the late 1980s and 1990s had the twist grip throttle/ gear system.
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6/8/9.9 mercury and mariner 2 strokes of the late 1980s and 1990s had the twist grip throttle/ gear system.
This specific Mariner type didn't..
When it has a "0" stamped into the cilinderblock between the ignition coils it is the block of the 10/15 type.
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I had a Mercury 9.9 with that system.

I wasn't a fan because I couldn't rev whilst in neutral.

It was a 1993 model though.
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