Originally Posted by rbbaker
It's the little things that count. You can "rev" the engine on the Merc without it being in gear. I've never needed to but it's easily done.
I don't know for sure as I don't own a Merc, I was going by what the engine mechanic and salesman at Maritime Solutions/Inflatable Experts in Annapolis told me, perhaps I misunderstood him or he was incorrect?
In the first link/video, at about 2:30 he shifts the engine into forward and reverse, it appears to me you cannot rev the engine without it being in gear, except using the choke? 2011 Mercury 9.9 4-stroke (Review) - YouTube
This video shows the Tohatsu shifting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avMunK7dBmo
The Merc is a fine engine, just more $$ for some "little things" I didn't find valuable