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Mako 261 of a kind!

Old 05-19-2018, 09:18 AM
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Default Mako 261 of a kind!

I found this project at a horse farm in Micanopy Fl. It was rough and needed some love.
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I brought the boat home and decided to strip it to the deck

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I was originally going to leave the open transom and concentrate on the mechanical side to make the boat operational. Then a buddy of mine told me that "You do not have a hair on your a$$ and called me an Old Man, if you do this and don't make a hard top at the least" This comment and a few
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started the year long project.

A simple t-top, Remove the old fabric, strip the old frame of unneeded aluminum, lay up some Nina core, add some 1 1/4" pvc around the perimeter and start laying up the glass.

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Then Hurricane Mathew hit and all progress stopped. I did not touch the boat for 2 months and then enters my buddy that owns Cracker Boatworks in St Augustine. We talked about him finishing the boat so we could get in the water by summer. He agreed as long as I did a lot of the grinding and sanding, he's a pretty good salesman too!

After a few more

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We got to work at his shop. Deciding to enclose the transom "while we're here"

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Cool, Projects done right? Nope, a few more

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and now what the HAIL have I agreed to.

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Wait, how much am I spending now? Oh well, have some more

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We opened the deck and removed the gunnel rod compartment to gain access to the gunnel and the outboard stringer and then layed up 3/4 Coosa and 2 layers of 3/4 Divniycell with multiple 1708 layers to strengthen the gunnel and provide the thickness for the door that we desired.

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After we cut the door opening it took 120 hours to get the door geometry, frame and swing completed.

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While we're doing it and I'm here we might as well build two livewells to install in those goofy boxes in the aft gunnels right? Sure! Let's have another

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Nevermind let's get rid of those goofy boxes! And make a bigger cockpit, she is now larger than 48sqft totally open.

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What am I going to do for a livewell? Shut up and have another

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We can just build a leaning post, livewell combo. Sure! After all we're already customizing the console, It's too easy!

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While we're at it do the new fuel tank and wait! Dig the foam out from between the forward fish box and the fuel bulkhead and have a 25 gallon freshwater tank built too.

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Holy crap I need a

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My wonderful wife says "baby I want backrest for the front seats". I can't just have aluminum frames made and insert them when needed, OH NO! we gotta go bigger than that! Let me have another

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These were a pain in the a$$ but well worth it!

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Let's get rid of those gunnel rod holders while we're at it!

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Hey let's not forget while we're here, it all started with the t-top and a

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The t-top did turn out great, I guess I owe you a thank you Chad! Someday

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Whew glad that over, Let's have a

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Ok Ok! no more, Let's Paint!!!!

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Ok, I'm broke! I'm tapping out, wait get me a

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Ok, I'm back in it, Let's get to rigging!

T-top frame installed
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Livewell plumbing
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Console in and out
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One thing I hate is to have to get in the bilge to service pumps, so I installed pumps and filters in the gunnels behind starboard doors.
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Man it's time for another

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Here is a shot of the bilge, We made the bilge access 32" by 18" instead of the two round pie plates, We had to re-build the floor anyway right?
My so called buddys can talk me into more shite! or maybe it's the Lite.

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Oh yeah one last thing I need a new windshield too, My buddy has a Mako and figures I got plenty of time to make him one as well, Sure, Jon you better bring me some.

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It's a little Jerry rigged, but it works.

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Thanks to Jimbo from Cracker Boatworks for the hands on teaching, I'm hooked and want to do another one!
Thank you for your help, Jon, Chad, Dick, Clayton, Brad and Scott.
The project took 3200 man hours to complete.
Estimated project cost $60,000
Estimated Miller Lite, Yuengling and Natty light, $11,500.
This project certainly turned the shop into a gathering spot for friends and family as they would stop by in the afternoons and weekend while we were working on the boat.

The Miss Grace finished up great and beyond my wildest dreams! I never thought I would have taken it this far.


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It's funny, I just realized I don't have any shots of the interior finished. We completed the boat on a Sunday night June of last year, took it for a 20 minute test run, loaded the boat on Monday and on Tuesday we left Palm Beach for the Bahamas. I'll have to remember to get some interior shots next time we go out.

Most of all Thank You to my Wife, daughter and son, for letting me do this and for your help on the project.
I Love You Baby!
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:36 AM
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Wow that is some amazing work! I'd love to learn half the knowledge you have from restoring that mako!
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:42 AM
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“Then a buddy of mine told me that "You do not have a hair on your a$$ and called me an Old Man, if you do this and don't make a...............”


That has cost me untold amounts of energy and aggravation in my life.

Beautiful job!

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Old 05-19-2018, 10:54 AM
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Great thread, beautiful boat, and beautiful happy looking wife. It looks like you got the whole package! Love the 261. Its nice to see one of these old Makos look brand new.
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:09 AM
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Wow!! Hell of a job!!
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:12 AM
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Great work, she's a beaut!
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Old 05-19-2018, 12:35 PM
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Beautiful...excellent job!
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:55 PM
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Great work! I don't feel so bad about how much i drink when I'm working on my boats anymore!
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Man thats awesome. Threads like this are going to cost me a fortune soon.....
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Monkey Business2 View Post
Great work! I don't feel so bad about how much i drink when I'm working on my boats anymore!
When you have 3 guys determined to get the project done and we show up about 2 in the afternoon and stay till 10pm 5 days a week and then do 10 hours Sat and Sun. It adds up quick.
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Originally Posted by cman55 View Post
Great thread, beautiful boat, and beautiful happy looking wife. It looks like you got the whole package! Love the 261. Its nice to see one of these old Makos look brand new.
Thank you cman, I know I am very fortunate.
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Color me impressed. What a project. Love to see the old classic hulls come back to life, congrats!
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:52 PM
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Incredible build and labor of love, well done!
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Old 05-19-2018, 04:04 PM
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I have one just like that if anyone is interested in doing the same project
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Wow the work is impressive to say the least. I wouldn't be capable of doing 2% of the work that was done on the boat. You guys did some serious work too. Way to go man!!
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Outstanding! Thanks for sharing the project with us.
I love the side door.
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Great build! Thanks for posting.
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Bloody awesome! Well done mate!
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WOW great job!! Wish I had that talent
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Holy crap man that's awesome
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