Man wrote in another thread
I was disappointed with my previous dink as well, but for other reasons:
Poor build quality and lousy customer service
310 Imflatable floor, hypalon, 10 year warranty.
The design was great, sturdy, fast and stored easy up-side down on my CSY 33
between the inner foresail and the mast
, perfect size for the boat
Then I went from a 4 hp 2-stroke Evinrude
(2-cylinder) to a new 2009 Yamaha 4-stroke single
What a huge difference that was: One should think 4 hp is just that across the board..? Not.
The old 2-stroke maxed out at 7 knots with a 220 lbs Norwegian Stallion onboard plus basic safety gear
The new 4 stroke
pushed me at 11 knots, measured numerous times in flat water
and the Stallion leaning forward with a tiller extension.
A hell of a good combo dink/motor, just too bad that Mercury
did not do a quality job in China
making the dinghy
and too bad Customer Service
tried to stall and screw around with the (on-paper) excellent warranty: The transom came loose, CS tried to tell me the transom was not part of the boat
and was not covered by the warrant..WTF, say again?..?
Got it all sorted out eventually but I had to talk loud on the phone
numerous times to make them see my point, not good for my blood pressure.
Sorry about the thread creep, but I use every opportunity I can to sh!t on Mercury
Boats, perhaps that will help others in the future by forcing them to improve.
Again, great design and great dink/motor combo.