Sorry to revive an old thread; but, I was wondering if anything has changed in reference to the 300 shaft length. I thought the F300 NCA was shipped from Yamaha without a lower unit. The manufacturer (in this case MBG), installs the required gear case. Won't a 20" SHO lower bolt onto a F300 NCA? Thinking of ordering a 2300 HPS and don't want to go back to cable controls.
On a side note, funny how Merc can build the VRod in 4 different colors with three different shaft sizes and Yamaha just recently introduced white (300 only) and no 20" shaft. And no one could possibly want digital shift & throttle on their SHO, right?
A 2300 HPS would SCREAM with a 300 VRod on it. Unfortunately, it would hurt the draft too much I think.