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Mercury or Yamaha main motor

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Ok dogs it’s time to get a new main motor for my 20’ raider. Currently has a 90 horse 2 stroke mercury on it. She pushes it just fine but is cold blooded as hell. And wanting to get away from 2 stroke oil. I have a 2020 4 stroke 25 horse Yamaha I’m putting on for a kicker”runs flawless”. Looking at a 115 since neither mercury or Yamaha sells a 135 that my boat is rated for. Both brands go from 115 to 150 with nothing in between. So in your opinion what is the best salt water motor. I fish salt 80 percent of the time. Thanks for your input. Good or bad
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Historically I have been an inboard jet man with several yamaha kickers all great. For one season I owned a 2520 Parker with a 300hp Suzuki I really loved it. Someone from southern Cal wanted that boat more than me, I sold it. I ordered a new build and specified a 300 dual prop Suzuki. Covid delayed the build but the builder took in a very low hour (less than 100 hr) boat with a 300 Merc Verado/ I ran that last season without any problems. I am old but I have to see the water discharge to know it is running. Fuel consumption is awesome (remember most of my history is with large block inboard jets) I would by it again.
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