Several people have told me it does and several have said it doesn't. I have a Mercury service manual for 115, 135, 150, 175 Optimax DFI starting model year 2000. My engine was made in 2011. If it does have an alternator then I would like to see something on paper showing that it does if someone can provide the proof.
"It has been said that the Lord does not count the days spent fishing against your total allotment."