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Need help picking out new outboard

9/11/20 @ 10:17 AM
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CLINCHKNOT
User since 10/9/03

Greetings:


I have a 31 year old Johnson outboard (pull start) that runs great!  Problem is I am getting older and  my bad right shoulder is not happy when I pull the cord.  Time for electric start.

With Evinrude gone, what to get?  I am thinking of a 20 horse Mercury, Yamaha or suzuki.  I rented a 20 horse Yamaha while on vacation this summer (tiller model, electric start) and fell in love with it.  

My issue is I see almost no Yamaha dealers in SE Wisconson.  Same for Suzuki.  Where would I go when I need it repaired or need some simple part that I can replace.  No motor works forever so I assume some day I need it repaired.

LOTS of mercury dealers around here so perhaps mercury is the best bet.  Can anyone comment that owns a 4 stroke mercury, Yamaha or Suzuki in a 20 or 25 horse?  Just wondering what others have experienced before I decide what brand to buy.


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9/11/20 @ 5:46 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

I currently have an E Tec on our fishing boat, and a Yami on our pontoon.

They are both phenomenal motors. I liked the ETec  a little better, as it was lighter than the same horsepower of other brands.

However, from a reliability  standpoint, they are both top-notch. 

Now that Evinrude will no longer be made, Yamaha is an awesome choice.

When I have to re-power, it will definitely be a Yamaha - bullet proof motors. 


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(262) 661-3968
9/11/20 @ 4:44 PM
Fishn Jimmy
Fishn Jimmy
MEMBER since 7/21/01

Jerry;s boats in Beloit is a Yamaha dealer ..  I have bought several Yamaha's from him. there is also a Yamaha dealer in Milwaukee off 1st street it's mainly a sailboat place but they also have outboards.. 

Jerry's Sport Service

3100 Riverside Dr. #B
Beloit, WI 53511

608-365-4520

608-365-6661 - fax

www.jerrysboats.com

Jimmy

9/11/20 @ 12:09 PM
CrawlerHarness
User since 10/10/17

I know I have seen it in other places.....but aren't all <40 hp motors made by Tohatsu and ??

9/11/20 @ 12:08 PM
mattw
mattw
User since 5/6/16

Yamaha for sure , no disrespect to the others , Yamaha . There are a couple of dealers around southeast side , Mack's Motors is a Suzuki dealer. And Merc , well is just about everywhere . I finally own a Yamaha myself and wont run anything else 

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