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Old 07 November 2007, 20:33   #1
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Does any one know what are the most fuel efficient outbards?

Does the USA build any outboards, and what are the most fuel efficient outboard on the market? With the Canadian dollar doing so good it's a lot cheaper to buy in the USA and if it's built there we don't pay duty.
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Old 07 November 2007, 20:44   #2
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You might start by researching a small company called Mercury Marine I am sure they will have a model that suits your needs. I have heard that they have a good reputation.
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You might start by researching a small company called Mercury Marine I am sure they will have a model that suits your needs. I have heard that they have a good reputation.

Depends what you want. I think some mercs are being made in China-the 40 to 60hp fourstrokes for example.
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Evinrude is a Canadian Company (BRP = Bombardier Recreational Products) and outboards are produced in the US .

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Old 08 November 2007, 08:18   #5
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Having talked to a mechanic who maintains state fish and wildlife vessels, the Evinrude E-Tec is more efficient than four stroke O/Bs by Honda, Yamaha, etc.
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You might start by researching a small company called Mercury Marine I am sure they will have a model that suits your needs. I have heard that they have a good reputation.

An outboard may have Mercury badging, and although Mercury is an 'American company' it's certainly not a given that it has been built in the US or even built by Mercury. I believe a number of outboards in their lineup are manfactured by Yamaha. Of the Mercury badged outboards that are actually built by Mercury, where do they get assembled? Where are their parts manufactured?
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An outboard may have Mercury badging, and although Mercury is an 'American company' it's certainly not a given that it has been built in the US or even built by Mercury. I believe a number of outboards in their lineup are manfactured by Yamaha.
Don't think that's true anymore.

Last I heard, Yamaha was supplying powerheads for some mid-size engines, but I believe that stopped, as well. May be wrong on this, but that's what I remember seeing somewhere.

(As an aside, a few years back Mercury concurrently brought a couple of lawsuits Yamaha: One stated that Yamaha was selling their motors too cheaply over here, while the other said the exact same motors they were buying from Yamaha for rebadging were overpriced. Go figure. Nothing like the US legal system.)

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I was told

I was told that Honda is best on fuel but cost more and repairs are more and need special tools to work on? Alot of Merc's are Yam/Tohatsu rebaged. Evinrude/Johnson are made in the States. Who gets the better fuel? Apparently they all claim to get better fuel mileage. I gues it boils down to look at a hp then check it with all outboard in its class. If I do go Evan/Johnson I do know that I don't have to pay duty getting it over the boarder around 400 savings.
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Old 08 November 2007, 16:43   #9
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I've had my Honda BF150 for 2 boating seasons now and have had zero issues with it. As far as fuel economy, depending on the situation I get between 5-7 MPG. That is much better than the 90 HP Mariner (Mercury) two cycle I had on my previous 18 ft rib. That rig got about 4 MPG at best. The performance is great. As far as tools, other than needing metric sockets, it's no different than most any of the newer high-tech engines. As far as possible future repairs, it is no different to work on than any other similar engine. I just finished winterizing it, which was no big deal. While doing the work I was most impressed with the build quality of the motor. The part milling, quality of the components and overall fit and finish is top notch. Yes, it does cost a little more, but in this case, you get what you pay for. One of my other reasons for going with Honda is with almost 100% certainty Honda will be in business and making outboards in the future. Who knows what the future may hold for companys like Evinrude. As the saying goes, never say never.
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seems evinrude is the only sensible choice .

If it helps in the summer I hired a similar sized boat to mine with a new 90 vtec honda .
My new boat has a 90 evinrude

Although the boats are different but same size and wieght and I only used the honda for day
As a comparison on a days cruising the evinrude seems to use less fuel .

The get up and go from the evinrude is a lot better and its not as noisy when used hard.

I found the vtec on the honda made the power delivery a bit uneven
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