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Old 09-15-2007, 09:03 PM
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Default Mercury 300XS vs 300 Verado??? Which to buy

Can I get some feedback on these two motors? I like 300XS more (old school) and hear fuel efficiency is better and also like performance factor, but am still torn with 300 Verado in the mix.
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What are you going to put them on?
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application is for a 33 oceanhawk or similiar center console cuddy 'go fast' offshore, salt water use, to cruise, fish, atlantic, gulf , bahams, florida keys.
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VERADO's.......long distance punch and hold
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I do see Verado has offered a five year warranty special good till April 2008,but are they doing this because they are trying to promote more sales. I know the Merc 300XS racing engines only have a two year.

I just wish Verado had a nicer cowling, it huge and ugly.
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Also I know Verado has the DTS, but isn't Opti's going to have this soon also?
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For that type of boat and boating style I'd go for the 300 Verado.
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I have Verado's and you cant beat them awsome
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Two Stroke requires 93 octane
4 stroke will be necessary if you want any resale value
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Four strokes need 93 also unless you want them de-tuning. 100% on resale 4 stroke. My personal preference is the old tried and true separate race levers. They are still electric on the Verado but much better feel in the rough and no worries about pulling to reverse in emergency. also much better control docking triples.

I have had two of my customers pull to reverse and took out hubs.

Remember you cannot put race steering on the Verados and they are rubber mounted.
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