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#12599717 - 01/28/18 09:54 PM Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS
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Looking at a new boat. Can't get the Yamaha till about Sept. so I'm told by ore than one dealer. I have ran Merc before 14 years ago. What are yall's opinion between these two motors? Yamaha 250 Show and Mercury 250 Pro XS. Thanks

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#12599761 - 01/28/18 11:02 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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Probably a lot of people will tell you the SHO, they are great motors. Personally I’m a Merc Guy. Just love mercs, cheaper, I think parts are easier to come by. But SHO is a good motor too. I like the performance of a Merc. If I could get a new one right now, Merc 250XS all day long. Sporty for my application.
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#12599876 - 01/29/18 07:04 AM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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If your waiting for Yamaha to finish up doing whatever their doing, your gonna wait a whole lot longer than 8 months, production works with a 4 to 1 ratio, for everyday 1 day down, 4 days lost, you might get your Yamaha in 2019/20. I would go to your next choice and research it, can't forsee them getting any motors out this year, thats only being realest
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#12599923 - 01/29/18 08:00 AM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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#12600590 - 01/29/18 02:18 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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The Merc. I helped a friend break-in his SHO over the weekend. I was not impressed after following break-in instructions for 5 hours, I opened the 2018 Skeeter FX21 Limited w/ a 2017 250 SHO 66mph with a light load. Took it a long time to reach that speed. Drove a 2017 521C Ranger with tournament load 74mph and got there pretty quick.
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#12600958 - 01/29/18 05:54 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: gary purdy]
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Originally Posted By: gary purdy
The Merc. I helped a friend break-in his SHO over the weekend. I was not impressed after following break-in instructions for 5 hours, I opened the 2018 Skeeter FX21 Limited w/ a 2017 250 SHO 66mph with a light load. Took it a long time to reach that speed. Drove a 2017 521C Ranger with tournament load 74mph and got there pretty quick.


Whatever.....my TZX190 will get to 66. I have a good friend who lets me take his FX21 out with his SHO 250. It does 72 gps all day long. It's a dual console and loaded with his crud and all the stuff I feel like loading on top of his stuff he leaves in it.

Get the SHO. Having the best, and what you WANT, is worth waiting to get. Get the ProXS and you'll be kicking yourself in the [censored] every time a SHO fires up at the ramp. So quiet, so refined. And still plenty fast.
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#12601121 - 01/29/18 07:33 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: SteezMacQueen]
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: gary purdy
The Merc. I helped a friend break-in his SHO over the weekend. I was not impressed after following break-in instructions for 5 hours, I opened the 2018 Skeeter FX21 Limited w/ a 2017 250 SHO 66mph with a light load. Took it a long time to reach that speed. Drove a 2017 521C Ranger with tournament load 74mph and got there pretty quick.


Whatever.....my TZX190 will get to 66. I have a good friend who lets me take his FX21 out with his SHO 250. It does 72 gps all day long. It's a dual console and loaded with his crud and all the stuff I feel like loading on top of his stuff he leaves in it.

Get the SHO. Having the best, and what you WANT, is worth waiting to get. Get the ProXS and you'll be kicking yourself in the [censored] every time a SHO fires up at the ramp. So quiet, so refined. And still plenty fast.

And getting new power heads every 200 hours. I would go mercury.
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#12601269 - 01/29/18 08:14 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: Capt. Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Capt. Andrew
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: gary purdy
The Merc. I helped a friend break-in his SHO over the weekend. I was not impressed after following break-in instructions for 5 hours, I opened the 2018 Skeeter FX21 Limited w/ a 2017 250 SHO 66mph with a light load. Took it a long time to reach that speed. Drove a 2017 521C Ranger with tournament load 74mph and got there pretty quick.


Whatever.....my TZX190 will get to 66. I have a good friend who lets me take his FX21 out with his SHO 250. It does 72 gps all day long. It's a dual console and loaded with his crud and all the stuff I feel like loading on top of his stuff he leaves in it.

Get the SHO. Having the best, and what you WANT, is worth waiting to get. Get the ProXS and you'll be kicking yourself in the [censored] every time a SHO fires up at the ramp. So quiet, so refined. And still plenty fast.

And getting new power heads every 200 hours. I would go mercury.


And blow motors because the air pump acted up....
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#12601525 - 01/29/18 10:23 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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I'm not about to stir the pot anymore, because both of those are great motors. I wouldn't mind a SHO.

But all I'm going to say is Mercury has been around MUCH MUCH longer than Yamaha outboards..

Blow motors because the air pump acted up..? Are you talking about the compressor? No issue with that on the newer ones.. The earlier Optimax's, yeah. Newer ones are fine. Just like Yamaha and their 250-300 HPDI's. THOSE actually blew up. When the compressors went bad on Optimax's, you just replaced it and went on with fishing.. All I can say is you see Mercury out number Yamaha at bass tournaments 7 days a week.. Mercury is a proven brand


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#12602925 - 01/30/18 07:13 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: dk2429]
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Originally Posted By: dk2429
I'm not about to stir the pot anymore, because both of those are great motors. I wouldn't mind a SHO.

But all I'm going to say is Mercury has been around MUCH MUCH longer than Yamaha outboards..

Blow motors because the air pump acted up..? Are you talking about the compressor? No issue with that on the newer ones.. The earlier Optimax's, yeah. Newer ones are fine. Just like Yamaha and their 250-300 HPDI's. THOSE actually blew up. When the compressors went bad on Optimax's, you just replaced it and went on with fishing.. All I can say is you see Mercury out number Yamaha at bass tournaments 7 days a week.. Mercury is a proven brand


Thought you weren't gonna stir the pot?

Haha. Go to the coast......Yamaha out numbers merc 100/1 where lives matter. Break down on a lake and it's simply a bad day.....break down out at sea and you are in a world of trouble. Yamaha brings em home.

Go Yamaha!!

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#12603003 - 01/30/18 07:54 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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That's just cause 4 strokes have more torque to move those big heavy bay boats around. 2 stroke life on the fast bass boats. In truth, they're all good motors. With a brand new one under warranty, I just like the Merc cause they're tried and true, and cheaper! Everyone works on them. Parts galore. I just being the guy that I am like Mercury cause... GO FAST banana I mean shoot my little 225 Merc'll put 73 mph to shame slinger
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#12603186 - 01/30/18 09:04 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: T-racer]
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Originally Posted By: T-racer
That's just cause 4 strokes have more torque to move those big heavy bay boats around. 2 stroke life on the fast bass boats. In truth, they're all good motors. With a brand new one under warranty, I just like the Merc cause they're tried and true, and cheaper! Everyone works on them. Parts galore. I just being the guy that I am like Mercury cause... GO FAST banana I mean shoot my little 225 Merc'll put 73 mph to shame slinger
that is because you have Bullet. When I was looking at bay boats most of what I saw down south had Suzukis. One of these days I will hang a 250XS on my Champ. Maybe sooner if stocks keep going up.
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#12603557 - 01/31/18 08:01 AM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: whnigt]
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Honda has a 5 year warranty that you would probably never need. Do the Mercs and Yamahas have that?

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#12604666 - 01/31/18 08:25 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: Txmedic033]
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Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
Honda has a 5 year warranty that you would probably never need. Do the Mercs and Yamahas have that?
Hyundai has a long warranty too.....

Why does Honda have a longer warranty on their outboards than they have on everything else they make? Because it is a sales enticement. It helps move product.
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#12604750 - 01/31/18 09:12 PM Re: Yamaha 250 Show vs Mercury 250 Pro XS [Re: Stump jumper]
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Originally Posted By: Stump jumper
Originally Posted By: T-racer
That's just cause 4 strokes have more torque to move those big heavy bay boats around. 2 stroke life on the fast bass boats. In truth, they're all good motors. With a brand new one under warranty, I just like the Merc cause they're tried and true, and cheaper! Everyone works on them. Parts galore. I just being the guy that I am like Mercury cause... GO FAST banana I mean shoot my little 225 Merc'll put 73 mph to shame slinger
that is because you have Bullet. When I was looking at bay boats most of what I saw down south had Suzukis. One of these days I will hang a 250XS on my Champ. Maybe sooner if stocks keep going up.
Haha I know I'm just stirring the pot and playing. Interestingly enough I think this Bullet /225x combo is going to the chopping block... I'm finalizing details on getting my new (to me) Bullet 20XDC with a 250XS on the back shipped down to me tomorrow so.... That should bust 73 by a little bit as well banana
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