Unbeatable Fuel Economy
I have a 2006 Optimax 115 with almost 800 hours on it. The honeymoon period is long over. It has been a good engine, but not great.
It sits on my 19' Sea Boss. It has pulled water skiers, wake boarders, tubers, etc. It has hauled 6 people to and from from sandbars, snorkeling spots and remote islands all over the middle and lower Florida Keys for 11 years. It has worked hard and it is still alive and kicking.
Comparison time: My prior boat was an 18' Wellcraft with a 115 Yamaha. The Mercury is a 3 cylinder. The Yamaha was a 4...
Great motor - but beware the hidden costs
Mercury 115 Optimax purchased Dec 2011, now has 120 hrs after a little over 2 years of operation. Pushes a Cruise Craft Outsider 510, GRP boat with ease. Good acceleration. Sounds a treat out of the water. Also one of the lightest motors in its power class.
Great motor, runs beautifully and reasonable fuel consumption 1.1 nm/liter or on average 14 l/hr for an average days outing with some long distance travel.
Motor looks very good after 2 years of salt water service - except for steel swivel pin bush, which is corroded ( silly idea in my op...
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