The problem right now in the market is that big motors 250hp and above are almost impossible to get. Engine mfg's are allocating their engines for new builds, and re-powers are left in the dark. Was told in the last week:
1. Yamaha- no 250's available until October, but 300's are available
2. Mercury- anything over 175HP in the new 4 stroke is not available until the first of the year.
3. Suzuki- plenty of motors available in all HP.
We re-powered a few boats last season with the Merc 8 cylinder 300 Seapro, and 300 Suzuki. I was really nervous on using the new Merc's because it was the first year of this model, but they were solid. Suzuki was also decent, really liked their power band, once we figured how to prop them correctly for our application. However we did have 3 drive shafts snap into multiple pieces inside the midsection on the Suzuki's. Not a good sign in my book.
We are re-powering 5 boats and rigging a new SAFE Boat this season, and going back to Yamaha for all of them.