Mercury Marine no longer provides shop manuals to consumers nor information on motors produced, before March 2001, when OMC/Mercury was acquired by Bombardier Corporation. Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects.
I repair a lot of mercury outboards and recently seen a lot of defective starters, brush assemblies corroded with salt or just worn out.
There is no longer a model year on Mercury engines, and the model code will no longer be updated every 12 months.The advantage of this small boat and motor is they don't have to be licensed with the state because of its size.425-822-0882 This 2013 small, folding, olive-colored 3 seat boat is outfitted for fishing with rod holders, swivel seats, a fish cleaning tray, anchor, oars, paddles, and an almost new 6 horse Suzuk outboard (used only 3 hours).I've used it half a dozen times and I have not had the difficulties mentioned in other reviews.The spring keeping it closed is stiff but that enables it to do its job better.
Mercury will update the model code only when significant changes occur. Buy a shop manual for your motor based on the model number if your motor's model numbers don't resemble the model numbers in the example or don't have a date stamp.