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tcoeguy
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09/15/2020 09:58AM
I apologise if this post is a little off topic but I really respect the opinions of the members on this forum. I'm considering putting in an order for a new Merc 15 HP 4-stroke and that is a large purchase for me. I'm not flushed with cash, so I want to make the best choice.

My question is this... Is it worth an additional $300 to get the electric start? I just have an old bare bones 14 foot boat with bench seats. I did string up my own lights in there and I have a trolling motor and battery already. I'm assuming the motor with electric start will charge these. But is it worth $300? I'm assuming a new motor will be pretty easy to pull start.

Please share your opinions. Thanks!
 
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ppine
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09/15/2020 01:04PM
Outboards sit around a lot. The carbs get gummed up with old fuel. I have a Honda 8hp as a kicker motor on my fishing boat. I bought a manual pull start motor so I would never have to worry again about dead batteries. The elect start motors can be pull started also. Older guys and experienced guys all like elect start motors.
 
AmarilloJim
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09/15/2020 01:40PM
I like my electric start and power trim features.
 
Savage Voyageur
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09/15/2020 01:52PM
I just bought a Yamaha 9.9 hp motor for my 14’ alumacraft boat. I did not get an electric start motor. But I don’t have electric lights and a trolling motor. If I were you I would get the electric start for your boat.

Side note on motor prices. Make sure you are sitting down when they tell you the price of it. With Covid in full mode they are charging super high prices. My brother in law just bought a 90 hp merc and it was $4000 over what I paid 3 years ago for my 90 hp. It used to a 90 would cost $9000. He just paid $13,000 for a 90 hp. Supply is low because of shortages, world wide demand is high, prices are high.
 
whitecedar
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09/16/2020 12:14AM
The Defender Marine web site has all the small Mercury models listed, their specifications and prices. Defender also has Yamaha, Honda and Tohatsu for comparison. Getting a new outboard is awesome, enjoy!!!
 
tcoeguy
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09/16/2020 08:08AM
Savage Voyageur: "I just bought a Yamaha 9.9 hp motor for my 14’ alumacraft boat. I did not get an electric start motor. But I don’t have electric lights and a trolling motor. If I were you I would get the electric start for your boat.


Side note on motor prices. Make sure you are sitting down when they tell you the price of it. With Covid in full mode they are charging super high prices. My brother in law just bought a 90 hp merc and it was $4000 over what I paid 3 years ago for my 90 hp. It used to a 90 would cost $9000. He just paid $13,000 for a 90 hp. Supply is low because of shortages, world wide demand is high, prices are high. "



Savage, I did notice a wildly different price between 2 dealers. I guess that makes sense now what you are saying. One dealer is sticking with their normal price and one is taking advantage of the laws of supply and demand. The places I have talked to have basically told me that if I want my motor by next spring, order is soon.
 
AtwaterGA
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09/16/2020 08:38AM
I own a 9.9 hp Mercury electric start and love it. I use it in the Okefenokee Swamp and only smaller than 10 HP are allowed. I purchased the Mercury as it was the only one I could find in a four stroke small motor with an electric start. It is actually made by Tohatsu motors but they make good motors. I have had no problems with the motor. I would rather purchase a battery every couple of years than pull start.
 
Grizzlyman
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09/22/2020 06:37AM
Yes. Electric. 100%. I recently upgraded to a 25 hp electric and Will NEVER look back. Especially on a 4 stroke- they’re harder to pull than a 2 stroke. It’s sooooo nice to simply push a button and have the motor running!!!
 
tonyyarusso
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09/23/2020 11:42AM
I have a pull-start 20HP two-stroke, so it's not exactly comparable but I certainly have no trouble starting that. One thing that is kind of a bummer is that there's no alternator to charge up the battery for my lights, fish finder, bilge pump, etc., so that either requires solar panels or carrying the (heavy!) battery around to plug it in to a charger. An electric start will also have electric charging while the motor is running, which would be nice sometimes.
 
Podunk
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09/26/2020 01:38PM
I used to have a 15hp Merc pull start, absolutely hated it. Was somewhat temperamental, it was a 2 stroke, and not charging the trolling motor battery was a negative.
 
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