Re: OMC 70HP vs 85HP or 90HP

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Posted by Ed Mc. ( on October 01, 2004 at 20:49:58:

In Reply to: OMC 70HP vs 85HP or 90HP posted by jeff smith on October 01, 2004 at 10:10:14:

The V4 will have a much better hole shot than a 70 HP 3-cyl due to its displacement. It'll also be more tractable for idling-in-gear and slow-speed-ops, when you're taking up the ski rope, etc.

The 3 of course would be more economical but you probably wouldn't be happy with it for water skiing etc.

If you like the Mercs, I was pretty impressed with my friend's 90 hp 3-cyl Merc, excellent hole shot and it didn't bog at all while pulling up a slalom skier on a 16-ft ski boat. It had a strong, steady pull. They're not much on rev's but are a great torque motor and probably quite fuel efficient.

You'd want one no older than mid-'90's because Merc improved the internals over the first models (better design on the rods and pistons).

HTH and happy motor hunting...........ed

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