Which Mercury Outboard Should You Buy?
Mercury engines are one of the most popular outboard motors on the market today, and for good reason. They’re reliable, powerful, and very efficient. They also come in a number of models and sizes, meaning there’s pretty much a Mercury for every type of boat.
But with all that variety it can be difficult to figure which motor is right for you. That’s why we’ve created this guide to make it a little easier.
We’ll go over the five different models of Mercury motors and give you some advice on how much horsepower you need for your boat.
Which Mercury Model Should You Choose?
Mercury offers five different models of outboard motors. Each model has a unique set of advantages and comes in a wide range of horsepowers.
Here’s a quick overview of each model:
Verado (250hp – 400 hp):
These are a great all-around engine, and the largest motor Mercury makes. They feature adaptive speed control which maintains a set RPM even as conditions change. They also have great fuel economy and the Top Cowl Service Door makes engine maintenance super easy.
Pro XS (115hp – 300 hp):
If speed and acceleration are what’s most important to you then this is the motor for you. Despite their power, these motors are surprisingly fuel-efficient and also feature the Top Cowl Service Door for easy oil checks and other maintenance.
FourStroke (2.5hp – 300hp):
Like the Verado, this model includes adaptive speed control. The lightweight engine delivers excellent speed and acceleration, and its Advanced Range Optimization adjusts the fuel mixture to deliver the best possible efficiency. The 30hp – 60hp version is arguably the most popular outboard on the water.
Seapro (15hp – 300hp):
This model is extremely lightweight, with the V6 200hp SeaPro being the lightest engine in its class. Like all Mercury motors, it has great fuel efficiency, and because it mounts on 26-inch centres it’s ideal for multi-engine applications.
Jets (25hp – 200hp):
These engines are designed for shallow waters, making them perfect for lakes and rivers. They don’t have a lower unit that extends below the hull, allowing you to travel over a number of obstacles and easily get to prime fishing locations.
Every Mercury engine is built to last and delivers great performance, so it’s really a matter of what features are most important to you.
How Much Horsepower Do You Need?
The amount of horsepower you choose is going to largely depend on the size of your vessel. Here’s a quick guide to determine the best horsepower for your boat:
- Under 10 Feet: For small crafts, like sailboats, canoes, and dinghies, 10 horsepower should be more than enough.
- 10 – 15 Feet: Boats of this size usually only require 15 – 20 horsepower.
- 15 – 25 Feet: This is the most common size for recreational boats. If you’re planning on staying close to shore then 75 – 90 horsepower should be fine. However, if you’re going to be travelling longer distances then you might want something in the 200 – 300 horsepower range.
- Over 25 Feet: With a boat this size you’ll likely want two motors in the 200 – 300 horsepower range.
Choosing the right outboard motor for your boat is an important decision. If you’re at all unsure which model or horsepower is right for your vessel, feel free drop by and ask us. Our team will be happy to offer advice and help you find the perfect engine.