For any reason, RIGHT NOW is the absolute worst time to buy an engine considering nobody has any inventory. This may improve next year, but since everyone's looking for engines, "incentives" may be a thing of the past for awhile.What’s usually the best time of year to buy an outboard, incentive wise?
Yamaha. But in a pinch I would try Suzuki, tohatsu. Unfortunately Mercury doesn't do it for me. Their parts diagrams are chaotic and half the parts go obsolete within a few years.
You can take an entire yamaha apart with a 10mm. They really think about the people working on it. Torque specs cast into the heads bolts...ect