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Old 06 July 2018, 11:55   #1
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New Mercury Verado 300 vs Mercury 300 4 stroke vs Evinrude G2 300

I'd like to buy a new 300hp outboard to go on a 8m RIB to be used on the South Coast of Devon and Cornwall with occasional trips further afield

Mercury have just launched their new range of engines which makes the choice more difficult.

There is little comparative data on fuel economy or emissions like there would be for a car

I've narrowed down my options to

Mercury Verado 300
Mercury 4 Stroke 300
Evinrude G2 300

If you had to choose. Which of these three engines would you choose and why?
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I’ve run verado’s over the last 10 years, 300 and 350’s, currently running 2018 350’s on my rib and have been extremely impressed with the lastest evolution of merc’s and as your aware the new mercury V6 and V8’s have just been released with glowing reports. Only feed back I’ve heard about the G2’s is bad, I personally know 3 outboard dealers who work with the evinrudes and they’ve all told me them same thing................avoid.
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Thank you.

It seems the G2s use 20% less fuel than the verados and push a higher top speed.

What have been the issues you have heard?

The dealer in Torquay has the opposite experience to the one you relate. Verados use more fuel, need a lot of servicing while being too complicated. They are both mercury and evinrude dealers and the majority of torquay has gone to Evinrudes.

I remain agnostic and have no brand loyalty
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Give Adam a call at https://www.facebook.com/APMarineUK/ , he’ll give you an honest, first hand run down of the G2..... and it won’t be pretty!
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Thank you.

It seems the G2s use 20% less fuel than the verados and push a higher top speed.
Replaced my G1 250 on my Osprey 7.20 last year due to a gearbox failure (hit something) with a G2 250 H.O.
Can not be happier .
While the G1 reached only with the wind from the back in best case 1.4l/nm - this is with the G2 now the consumption in rough conditions .
Top speed increased by 5kn .
In a flat sea I can cruise with 1l/nm .
Dublin - Belfast in June was 1.1l/nm .
I think everybody will promote those engines he sells or he runs ..
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Thank you. Helpful comments
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Give Adam a call at https://www.facebook.com/APMarineUK/ , hell give you an honest, first hand run down of the G2..... and it wont be pretty!
I will thank you
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Id be guided by your choice of local dealer - if you have a problem you need someone who is willing and able to fix it. Which might rule out the Verado. For what its worth, I had a similar dilemma last year (Verado 200 or G2). Neither of my usual go-to dealers (Falmouth) will service the Verado - I think because of the supercharger. But, Rock Marine, (excellent btw) have no issues. In the end I went with the Mercury and love it. 0-40 in no time. Its my first big engine but friends with vastly more experience tell me it is vey quick off the mark.
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All the experience I have had with both the Evinrude and Mercs have been very positive. The reduced weight in the 2-stroke Evinrude gives it the performance edge without a doubt.
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According to "Boating Word" magazine the Verado along with the Optimax range are to be phased out.

I'm guessing the manufacturing cost with the inclusion of the supercharger isnt leaving the margin they're looking for.

From a totally biased point of view I've been running a 4 Stroke 150 Merc since March and it's got about 120hrs on it now....absolutely love it. Quieter than the Honda was (and the Honda wasn't bad) faultless, bags of torque and almost unbelievable fuel economy.....
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