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If your Mercruiser Sterndrive is hard starting, it may be time for replacement parts. OC Boat Supplies carries a full inventory of starters and alternators for your Mercruiser sterndrive engine. In addition, we carry solenoids and brush sets if a simple repair is required.
Advantages of a stern driven system as compared against outboards include higher available horsepower. The transom does not have cutouts to accommodate an outboard, either. A stern without a protruding powerhead makes it easier for passengers to embark and to disembark or for sport fishing off the back of the craft. Today, stern driven crafts account for over 80% of the marine market.
If the sterndrive has a disadvantage it is that many of this system’s working parts are exposed to the elements. Parts which can degrade in salt water include hoses, bellows, and oil lines. Additionally, two of the major sterndrive parts which can be damaged by corrosion are starters and alternators.