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Posted by xpress19
1/1/2018 12:50 AM
Which is better ????
Posted by BASS MAN
1/1/2018 2:15 AM
250 sho
Posted by Jmax
1/1/2018 6:40 AM
Got to vote Pro on this one. Every time I have ever changed away from the mercury I regretted it. Jmax
Posted by lafae7
1/1/2018 7:17 AM
If you're getting new then I would go for a 2018 250 Yamaha. However though, on my new bullet when I can afford it I'm going with a 250 evinrude.

Edited by lafae7 1/1/2018 7:26 AM
Posted by elwestb
1/1/2018 7:33 AM
I can't say enough great things about my 250 SHO! The hole shot is awesome. You have more to torque with a four stroke. I thought it would be the other way around but ask your dealer or mechanic. The fuel economy is unbelievable and it runs so quite!
Posted by Tn bullet
1/1/2018 8:49 AM
Pro hands down Austin they would need to do a make over on that ugly motor lol the sho is quieter but I do t think I would ever get away from the merc
Posted by beetlespin
1/1/2018 1:36 PM
Have had several of both and like the SHO better
Posted by FishingwithRusty
1/2/2018 6:46 AM
Mercury ProXs........................
Posted by jb366
1/2/2018 8:10 AM
They're all good motors anymore and you can't make a wrong choice. I had a pro xs(2014) on my last boat and now I have a sho. I went with a sho mostly because I was tired of buying and dumping oil into the merc all the time. I also didn't like the number of compressors grenading on new motors that I was hearing about along with leaking oil pumps. Sure the sho had its issues with powerheads but they seem to have gotten it taken care of.
I've got around 12 hours on my sho and I don't miss the merc one bit. Holeshot and midrange are stupid quick with a full load and I've just now started dialing it in. Its only going to get stronger once I get it set up and the motor loosens up.
Posted by lafae7
1/2/2018 9:51 AM
jb366 - 1/2/2018 8:10 AM

They're all good motors anymore and you can't make a wrong choice. I had a pro xs(2014) on my last boat and now I have a sho. I went with a sho mostly because I was tired of buying and dumping oil into the merc all the time. I also didn't like the number of compressors grenading on new motors that I was hearing about along with leaking oil pumps. Sure the sho had its issues with powerheads but they seem to have gotten it taken care of.
I've got around 12 hours on my sho and I don't miss the merc one bit. Holeshot and midrange are stupid quick with a full load and I've just now started dialing it in. Its only going to get stronger once I get it set up and the motor loosens up.


That's exactly how I feel. I have a 2014 pro xs currently and have had my share of problems with it with only 128 hours. I'm also tired of dumping oil into it. I knew the SHO had problems when it came out, but they have seemed to have fixed all the bugs exactly like the evinrude G2. The G1 had a whoooooole lot of problems but they seemed to have worked them all out on the G2. Im excited to see the G3! I'm not brand loyal whatsoever and I always look ahead. However, the older mercs can not be beaten! I would love to have my old XR2 back and the even older 115 hp tower of power.

Edited by lafae7 1/2/2018 9:56 AM
Posted by Paul Nichols
1/2/2018 11:32 AM
I like them both, but if your warranty runs out and you blow your motor up the Pro XS can be rebuilt, the SHO can not be rebuilt.
Posted by Fishindawg25
1/2/2018 7:24 PM
Also consider that it is a lot easier to find a Certified Mercury Technician vs. a Yamaha Technician. And we probably have some of the best around here! Paul Nichols especially!
Posted by finbully
1/3/2018 3:09 PM
Just ordered a 2018 Z521L with a 250 SHO. I thought long and hard about a XS or Verado but I have no reason to change from Yamaha.
Posted by xpress19
1/4/2018 1:51 AM
Thanks guys I have decided on the 250 Sho
Posted by silvertalon
1/4/2018 9:28 PM
Should be a good motor. They are a beefy motor and the 4 stroke is beyond smooth. The competition has narrowed over recent years but, Mercury has the track record, has always been the majority and will always dominate the market, IMO. Mercury simply has the best quality aluminum in the world bar none. It even exceeds mil-spec grade and has been sought out by the military for years. Durability along with stainless steel fasteners and hardware are the best. The new OMC looks good so far but I'd give them a while longer- another year or two. see how they hold up. Its a tight market out there. They're all good. Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha. The Japanese market is strong. The Merc's can be rebuilt for 1/2 the cost of a new Yamaha power head.
Posted by ficht158
1/8/2018 7:19 AM
I read over on bbc that no sho available for production year 2018. not sure as to why but might want to check with your dealer.
Posted by silvertalon
1/8/2018 5:50 PM
ficht158 - 1/8/2018 8:19 AM

I read over on bbc that no sho available for production year 2018. not sure as to why but might want to check with your dealer.


That would be bad for Skeeter unless they have stockpiled 2017 SHO's to install on the 2018 boats. Like all new boats, they are usually in stock and for sale by fall the prior yeart. If this is the 1st news of it... weird.
Posted by Tn bullet
1/9/2018 4:48 PM
They show them on their web site for sale?
Posted by PH_Fishing018
1/13/2018 5:16 AM
Unless you're set on a dealer already give some consideration to Anderson Marine in Old Hickory, Tn. Little bit of a drive from around these parts but its owned by some great people and is a very reputable dealer!
Posted by silvertalon
1/13/2018 9:11 AM
Here's what I found out with some grapevine research; Yamaha doesn't mark their motors with a year model on their labels. so, unless there is a major change in a model, you can buy a 2 year old motor for example, and its still considered a 2018 NIB. I heard that Yamaha may have simply 'run out' of SHO 250's. They're trying to catch up with production. You just may have to wait awhile. Don't know how this will effect Skeeter or any other subsid owned by Yamaha. This news is grapevine info from the internet so...

Edited by silvertalon 1/13/2018 9:22 AM
Posted by finbully
1/15/2018 9:11 AM
silvertalon - 1/13/2018 9:11 AM

Here's what I found out with some grapevine research; Yamaha doesn't mark their motors with a year model on their labels. so, unless there is a major change in a model, you can buy a 2 year old motor for example, and its still considered a 2018 NIB. I heard that Yamaha may have simply 'run out' of SHO 250's. They're trying to catch up with production. You just may have to wait awhile. Don't know how this will effect Skeeter or any other subsid owned by Yamaha. This news is grapevine info from the internet so...


SHO shortage rumor started by Mercury trying to unload XS's because they know 2-strokes are on their way out and they have nothing in a 4-stroke to compete with the SHO.

I bet a dollar my new Ranger with a 250 SHO comes in the 8-10 week timeframe Lee told me when I ordered it.

Yamaha has not been marketing their motors with a production year for over a decade, but the production date is marked on the lower cowl housing.

Edited by finbully 1/15/2018 9:17 AM
Posted by Paul Nichols
1/15/2018 9:27 AM
Your wrong there is a shortage, but things will be getting back to normal in a few weeks.
Posted by thegman
1/16/2018 9:46 PM
What's the price difference between the 250 Pro XS & the 250 SHO?
Posted by finbully
1/17/2018 6:54 AM
SHOs roughly $2,400 more - that's from the Ranger website.
Posted by jb366
1/17/2018 9:49 AM
finbully - 1/17/2018 7:54 AM

SHOs roughly $2,400 more - that's from the Ranger website.


Until you buy the merc extended warranty.
Posted by xpress19
1/17/2018 2:35 PM
I got a 5 year warranty on my 250 SHO
Posted by finbully
1/18/2018 2:02 PM
Me too - included in the base price.

Edited by finbully 1/18/2018 2:02 PM
Posted by thegman
1/18/2018 3:04 PM
Based on the cost of any of the new outboards, they should all include a 5 yr warranty at no extra charge.
Posted by jb366
1/18/2018 8:44 PM
thegman - 1/18/2018 4:04 PM

Based on the cost of any of the new outboards, they should all include a 5 yr warranty at no extra charge.


I agree. I got in on the yes promotion Yamaha was running so I've got 6 years on mine. If I had gone with a merc and platinum for 3 years the merc would have cost more than the sho
Posted by silvertalon
1/19/2018 3:28 PM
IMO Standard warranty's are adequate. They are for the most part, a money making scam. What they are good for is resale value as most are transferable. Usually if a new motor has a major problem it is within the first few hours or so. I think a standard warranty is 2 years. Usually the reason an extended warranty is purchased is because it is rolled into the financing.
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