I will have to check on my Merc coverage and upgrade if not already at Platinum, good advice there, thanks! How do you like that 150 4-stroke? That thing is supposed to be bullet-proof. I see Pro's Choice put the jack plate on too, good thinking. What did they set your Prop to Pad at to start, and have you had to adjust it? I put the 8" Slidemaster JP on and figured I might have to play with that setting to find the sweet spot. I went with a 23p Tempest prop too which I figure to be the best option to start.