We can go on all day about examples of component failures on all brands, motor breaking off boats, defective lower unit bolts, gear oil in driveways, chiped gears, faulty rear bearings and oil pumps, broken clutch bands, actuators and belts. Everyone has gone through a learning curve and good customer service prevails. Mud motors today are the most dependable sportsman have ever seen. Lets stick to the point I am making. Editorial: If I had a new motor and have a hot new prop and I got unbelievable record performance, I would have taken that set up to every public event the past six months, run a video with 7 people in the boat running over 20 mph, would have given three test units to the public for use and their assessment. I would have run it everywhere with customers all over the country. I am not faulting the marketing plan, but do question the advertised performance posted of the 36 here on this MB 45 thread. I voiced this concern six months ago. I realize much of this is puffery, but customers use information like this to make purchases. Everyone knows we have the latest motors in testing, verticals and horizontals alike. We are informed and are a little concerned. I have said this before. When this type information is posted way in advance of the release of the product, and when the product was deliberately not made available for public confirmation, that cheats all other manufacturers who not only post performance numbers, but have it verified by independent third parties, and give the product to the public as proof. I just don't like to see it posted as fact by dealers and prostaff with no public verification. A lot of mm manufacturer employees work hard and have families and this type of marketing is unfair and inappropriate. My position in the industry allows me to make this observation and voice this complaint. I am also a sponsor here and I am concerned about these things below my banner. In the next few weeks the public will get the opportunity to run the new motors and verify the speeds posted by company reps, dealers and prostaff and used to sell the product the past six months. For our industry's sake, I hope the official posted speeds are true and customers get the same results. I am also hopeful all new motors from all brands will be in California this month. This will be good for our industry.