Of the outboard motors that have been recommended by posters here, can anyone comment on the ability of their water pumps to withstand our silty river water?

If not with the OEM pump, what is the availability of an aftermarket pump that is better? Alternatively, which one has the easiest pump to replace out on the river?

I've had a pump go out twice on me with very little run time on them and it was a pain to replace. After the second time, I got rid of that brand of outboard with its "rubber" impeller.

Thank you