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Old 14 September 2004, 06:28   #1
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Why buy a Mariner

Why buy from Mariner ... the engines are rebadged Mercs etc. Does anybody know what their value add is?
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Old 14 September 2004, 06:40   #2
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its the mariner that cheaper than the mercury by about 10%

and yes they are the same

mariner is a products are aimed at more working type of boats

but i would wait as the mercury and mariner models are to be changed
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Old 14 September 2004, 06:45   #3
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Mercury engines are now all identical to Mariners but retail for 3% more (not 10%!!!), due apparently to perceived 'superior' brand image i.e. more people prefer the black paint! Powerheads on both brands' 4-strokes (excluding Verado) are of course sourced from Yamaha. Mercury Marine are evidently looking to incorporate a development of the Verado power head design onto 4-stroke outboards from 150 upwards. Which will be nice
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if it was 3% i would have had a nice black mercury one

but if lord phil say 3% then 3% it is

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Old 14 September 2004, 07:10   #5
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It is not only the purchase price that is different, the second hand market prefer merc as well. the perseption is that they are more reliable! rubish as they are the same. I think it would be fair to say that if 2 identical boats came on the market one with a merc and one with a maraner the merc would sell more. I personaly would not be to bothered and would prob get a marener new as I am poor!!! Somewhere there is a realy good vid clip of the history of the two companys, they started making chain saws.
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O forgot to say don't get a silver one thinking you will get a black top, they are very pricy and well into the thousands for a big one. THe other option of course is to swap the cowling and cover with you neighbour late one night. He he.
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but if lord phil say 3% then 3% it is
Well, they wouldn't sell many 250 Mercury Verados if the Mariner 250 Verado was 1,700 cheaper, would they?!
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Somewhere there is a realy good vid clip of the history of the two companys, they started making chain saws.
Is this what you were thinking of: http://www.screamandfly.com/home/fea...eo_history.htm

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that is the one!, thanks
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History file

Andy Clark has some interesting history notes on his site at Bosun's Mate.co.uk relating to the internicine nature of OB motors from the various makers.
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