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Old 11-02-2004, 06:44 AM
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Default 1980 MAKO CENTER CONSOLE, WHAT POWER?

I AM LOOKING AT AN OLDER HULL, 1980 MAKO 25' CENTER CONSOLE. IT ORIGINALLY HAD TWIN 140 O IT, THE MOTORS ARE BASKET CASES. I THINK I CAN PRACTICALLY STEAL THIS BOAT. AND I WANT TO REPOWER IT WITH NEW, TWINS WOULD BE ALOT OF MONEY ESPECIALLY I HAVE A DESIRE FOR 4 STROKES. I WAS THINKING MORE ALONG THE LINES OF A 225 4 STROKE, IS THIS ENOUGH POWER? THERE IS A WEBSITE THAT HAS ALL THE DIMENSIONS FOR MAKO BOATS, I THINK MAKOBOATS.COM. SHOWS WEIGHT DEADRISE ETC. ANY FEEDBACK WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

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the website for mako is
http://www.mako-boats.com/
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Default RE: 1980 MAKO CENTER CONSOLE, WHAT POWER?

it's going to cost a tad more but a pair of Honda 150 would be awesome .... and get great milage

or drop down to the 135 and have a super setup !!!!


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www.classicmako.com, they are the source on this stuff. I would stay away from twins that are over 400 lbs. I would say a single 250 suzuki 4 stroke. Just my 2 cents
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Default RE: 1980 MAKO CENTER CONSOLE, WHAT POWER?

From www.mako-boats.com the boat weighs about 2800 dry...151 gallons is about another 1000 lbs or so.

These boats were originally rated for 300 hp...a single 250 might be sufficient but if your pocketbook can support it then a pair of Yamaha F150s would probably be*a great fit.* Considering these motors make about 163 at the prop, that boat would move out nicely.
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Old 11-02-2004, 09:50 AM
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Default RE: 1980 MAKO CENTER CONSOLE, WHAT POWER?

Kaptainchaldo,

I have a 25' Mako of this vintage that is powered by twin 150 Mercs. and would definitey not want any less power.
When the boat is full of gas, people, etc. cruise is approx. 25-28 mph and top end is approximately 42 mph. Any less horsepower will certainly curtail performance.

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Default Don't go with the added weight 4 strokes

I have a 1989 251 Mako witha pair of 150 Yamaha 2 strokes.The transum top has app.4" in height over sea level at rest in calm water ,when drift fishing the transum is awash.And it is no problem,sea comes in, drains back out,i have come to enjoy it,it is not a problem.Stuff the bow in a wave at some rips( like Race Point on the Cape),and it's over the transum and out of the cockpit before you can turn around
BUT the added weight of 4 strokes would very much concern me.My batteries are under the center console,early boats had them in the rear under the deck.The bilge access covers must seal,or water will make it's way into the bilge.The brass drain tubes crack in the flared end and can allow water into the transum core,same goes for the outboards thur transum bolts if not cauck is not redone when needed.Many vintage Mako's may have water problems in the transum,ckeck out very carefully.I do not /would not go with 4 strokes twins on a vivtage Mako,boat was not designed for that amount of weight in the rear.
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My dad has an 89 Mako 260 walkaround powered by twin 200's.
Top end is in the low 50's. It will also plane on one engine.
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My neighbor put a pair of 140 4-stroke Suzuki's on a 1978 25 Mako CC 2 years ago. He runs the NE Canyons on 94 gallons of gas. He spent about 20K for the engines installed and absolutely loves them. He has about 420 hours on the engines w/o 1 problem. The run to the canyon for us is about 90 miles each way adn he cruises at 22 to 25 knots..
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