I have owned several mercury outboards on saltwater boats. I currently have three Yamahas (two F250s and a F60).
I will never own anything but a Yamaha. Look at what every single person has that is out there every day for a living: Yamaha. I don't know if I've ever seen a charter captain or a work boat with anything other than Yamahas... At least in Louisiana.
Most of this is a history of quality and reliability, but what hasn't been said here is how much better the Yamaha mechanics on the coast are than the mercury mechanics.
I would put the guy at Outcast Marine up against any Yamaha mechanic in the south. There's not a mercury equivalent.
This post was edited on 6/19 at 6:14 am