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Old 06 July 2010, 15:39   #11
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Ribcraft - New Soozook DF50 £4825

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Old 06 July 2010, 16:58   #12
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Originally Posted by Downhilldai View Post

Or Merc F50 For £5795:

All with 5-year warranty.
In Merc/Mariner I trust.

I may be biased because I am a Merc/Mariner dealer.


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Old 07 July 2010, 04:00   #13
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Originally Posted by Damien. View Post
In Merc/Mariner I trust.

I may be biased because I am a Merc/Mariner dealer.

Really - I'd never have guessed!

I think there is very little to separate the quality of the Merc/Mariner, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, ETEC, Tohatsu (have I missed any?) brands in terms of quality of support/engines and its rare to hear horror stories which don't seem to be isolated incidents. They are all offering long warranties now. They all have a reasonable dealer network. Do you have anything constructive to add as why the Merc/Mariner is a better engine? If you happen to be a Yam or Suz dealer in the future would Merc/Mar still be better!

Depending on which companies have recognised service centres nearby might sway your decision for you. Hopefully you won't see much of them, but if you do they'll be pretty important. If you don't already know them then you might want to talk to them first and see if you like them. I know a dealer who prioritises repair work for customers who bought there engine with him rather than the cheapest place on the internet. I also know someone who drives 30 miles to get his engine serviced, passing a dealer only 5 miles away because he doesn't like/trust them.

Personally if any dealer used the arguments I quoted above - they'd be off my list! I'd expect a constructive response along the lines of "These are all good engines from large reputable companies, and you wouldn't go wrong with any of them. Although you might find that XXX is ligther/has more acceleration/uses less fuel (preferable with an explanation, e.g. because it has a different gearbox, more sophisticated engine management etc). OR "ours might burn a little bit more fuel at full throttle, or be a bit noisier - but its actually a much simpler engine which means that its simpler and cheaper to service, and less to go wrong". Even if its still exagerated sales BS (do you think that if we repainted the the engines so it was a blind trial that the average boat owner could tell the difference in performance between most of them) - at least its trying to differentiate.
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New 50 HP E-tec for £4,180, seems quite cheap , have had experience of Yam's and Honda's in the past and they have been good engines. Only engine i ever had issues with was a Mercury albeit this was 20 years ago.
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Old 07 July 2010, 07:51   #15
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Pete at Blue Water tends to be a bit more competitive - he'll do you a Merc or Mariner
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Dont forget us a Black Dog Marine, and we are only an hour up the road from you. As your a Ribnet Member you get a nice discount! Will send you a pm with a price!!!
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Thanks for the feedback

Order placed for the Honda with SMS this morning - It seemed to be the lightest, quietest and most fuel efficient of the options I had in front of me.

Pleased with the end price for package or work, they don't seem to be taking the piss like other people in the area. It should be fitted ready for me to test with them on the 21 July.

The voucher for a Level 2 Powerboat course, which comes from Honda UK when you buy an engine of BF50 or above was excellent.

Will post updates and pictures once I have the new engine on and it is rigged.

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