Posted by Rckmn on March 05, 2003 at 16:44:50:
In Reply to: Outboard vs I/O posted by shopper on March 02, 2003 at 14:39:47:
I'll throw in my two cents. I have owned both an I/O and an outboard and I can tell you I will never buy another I/O. My biggest complaints about the I/O is having to venelate the motor compartment every time before cranking. It is sure nice with an outboard to just turn the key when you need to. Also, the mercruser I had had so many problems and if you needed repairs, it cost a bundle. For example there was a $5.00 teflon coupling between the drive shaft and the lower unit that went out. They had to remove the entire engine to replace this and costs me over $400.00.
Another drawback to the I/O is how deep the lower unit sits and the lack of being able to trim it higher than the hull even with the motor off. I helped a man get off a mud bar that took us two hours because of this. My bass boat with an outboard was able to go right up to him with the trolling motor with the outboard trimmed up.
That is just my thoughts. I hope you are happy with whatever you purchase.
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