Sorry for the slow response, Back4More. Deadlines messed with my schedule.
So which products "coming out of" Mercury Racing are ****?
The No. 6 Drive? Uh, no.
The 525EFI? Really? People race entire seasons on them with only minor service, as in changing the oil.
The 700SCi and NXT1 drive? I don't think so.
The 1075SCi? Not so much.
Your theory that competitive engine builders praise the 1075 because it has enabled them to raise prices on their own 1,000-hp engines is interesting. However, it holds no basis in reality. Which builders? Sterling? No. Teague. No. Chief? I haven't checked, but I suspect not.
Builders tell me they like the 1075 because, go figure, it's a great engine. The No. 1 gripe I've heard from 1075 owners is that the cost of ownership, thanks to recommended service intervals and fuel cost, is high. Of that I have no doubt.o
But I've been lucky enough to help test dozens of boats with 1075s, and I cannot recall a single engine problem in any of them.
Did the first 1075s have problems? For sure, some (but not all) did. So, by the way, did some, though not all, of the first-generation Verado outboards.
For the record none of the engine builders, at least those I've spoken with (and how would you know unless you actually speak to them?) are "jumping for joy" over the new 1300/1350. Not one. Instead, they are taking a "wait and see" attitude, which makes perfect sense given that arent any in the field.
I don't know everything—far, and I mean very far, from it. But in this case, I think you're off base. If the cost of Mercury Racing products upsets you, I get that. The cost of Porsches upsets me because I can't afford one. That said, I wouldn't call them pieces of ****.