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1995 Mako 282 slow rebuild

Old 11-29-2020, 05:40 PM
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Hello all you crazy THT’ers. Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving. I’ve had a 1995 Mako 282 that I picked up about 6 years ago with the intent of restoring. Right after I got it, I started remodeling my house. Then, hurricane Harvey hit our area and I remodeled my folks house, then I ended up with a water leak in the bathroom at my house and I remodeled both bathrooms and then 2020 showed it’s ugly face. Long story short, I’ve only got a few things done since I got it. But if you’re interested in following along a slow build, here’s your chance.

Backstory: Boat was previously freshened up with hull sides painted, nonskid redone, repower and other odds and ends. Once it was done the owner was on the way to Venice Louisiana and the boat came off the trailer. Caused considerable damage and the owner bought a Grady and took the motors. My buddy ended up with it and it sat at his house for about 2/3 years. He had ideas of installing a single diesel in the console with a stern drive. He later asked if I wanted it and I said absolutely. It’s a huge project but I enjoy rebuilding boats and yachts and is why it was my career for 15 years and now a hobby for the past 15.


plan is as follows: cut the entire liner out and turn into a 3 piece hull using only composites. Will have a one off Cap, extending the hull sides only to the transom, building a stringer grid and whatnot. I’m going to drop some photos from then until now.

When I picked it up

When I picked it up


Where she sadly sat for several years. My OCD kicked in when I took it off the trailer and I had to center under the carport.
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Where the gutting began

No more forward seating

No more tanks

No more soaked wet foam

Only the lip of the deck left to show deck height

All opened up

Later gator

The angle of the slope is what I like, just going to extend the hull to be more at the transom.

Rotten wood in transom and stringers

Getting it out of there

Pretty certain someone other than Mako was in this transom

No glass between layers and they used 1/2 inch with staples. That was in the transom.

All ground down and cleaned up, minus the core material that I completely removed

Different angle
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Core removed and cleaned up

Ready for glass

Template of transom sitting on 3/4” space age

First I was going to go with 2 layers of 3/4 to make up 1.5” along with the multiple layers of glass but in the end I added another layer of 3/4”



Picked up the new tank form Great Lake skippers. Long haul to Racine Wisconsin.


Core glassed in with so many layers of CSM and 1808 I don’t even want to think about it.



Glassed the inside. All total 13 layers of 1808 and 13 layers of 1.5oz CSM make up this transom. Just under 3.5” thick.



Good clean layup with no air pockets or bubbles.

Glassed up the original drain holes and whatnot in the transom pockets then ground flush

Same

The boat drain was off to one side. Didn’t make much sense to me. Glassed it up. Will drill enter when ready.

Removed the center wood, “strake, stringer, keel support” thing and ground the area to be glassed. Will use half of 4” pvc and will be glassed in place. This will make up the main drain for things yet to come.


This brings us to today. Glassed in the valley that was created by Mako when they glassed in the wood. Didn’t remove the extra glass, just filled the cavity and made flush. This should also strengthen the keel more. Plus water will have a flat travel area to the transom.
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Lots of work to get it this far, it is looking good.
Be watching for the next chapter.

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I can feel the fiberglass dust itch just from reading this! Awesome project, I will keep an eye on this one.
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Thank you for all the pictures. Great to see all the steps clearly "in a thousand words"
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Originally Posted by MakoDudes View Post
I can feel the fiberglass dust itch just from reading this! Awesome project, I will keep an eye on this one.
me too. Just swept up a garbage bag worth of dust..... again.

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What kind of damage did the hull sustain when it came off the trailer? I did my center stringer the same way and it worked out great. The anchor locker drains into at the bow and the battery compartment and hatch gutters drain into it midship.
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Originally Posted by Sharpest View Post
What kind of damage did the hull sustain when it came off the trailer? I did my center stringer the same way and it worked out great. The anchor locker drains into at the bow and the battery compartment and hatch gutters drain into it midship.
It had about a 3’- 4’ crack midship on the starboard side. My buddy began the repairs by his own crew “He has a marine business” Also had a crack in the starboard cap at bow. Then some damage to the starboard stern cap. Other than that, that was it. It basically went into a ditch. I have pics of all of this for the most part. I can share if interested.
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What I didn’t take a picture of is, I Gelcoated the raw Glass I laid down the other day, a few good coats where water would run under the PVC. Next I weighted down the PVC to conform to the shape of the Hull. Tabbed in a few layers of 1808 to hold in place. Next I will Glass over the Entirety of the PVC.
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What a great project. Looking good. I would be careful about counting on PVC. My old Blackfin had fiberglass exhaust pipes. Even though that meant heat flowing through them not just water.
PVC can be subject to fracture in cold weather.
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
What a great project. Looking good. I would be careful about counting on PVC. My old Blackfin had fiberglass exhaust pipes. Even though that meant heat flowing through them not just water.
PVC can be subject to fracture in cold weather.
Thank you for the comment. The PVC for the most part is to create a prefabbed mold for all intent purposes. It will be Glassed over completely. If it were to break, I don’t think that would become a major issue, though I could be wrong.
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Progress photos are awesome ...makes it look “ easy” 🙂
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Looking good. Maybe I missed it but what kind of resin are you using?
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Originally Posted by murfpcola View Post
Looking good. Maybe I missed it but what kind of resin are you using?
vinyl ester for the most part.
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Originally Posted by Badmako View Post
Thank you for the comment. The PVC for the most part is to create a prefabbed mold for all intent purposes. It will be Glassed over completely. If it were to break, I don’t think that would become a major issue, though I could be wrong.
Exactly. I have ~1/4” of glass laid up over mine. Just a form that stays in place.
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Wow you have serious talent! And it's clear that you have a plan. That's a huge tank, what are your power plans?
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A ton of work... Thanks for sharing . Following a long. Looking great so far.

These thread are great for me because they remind me not to take on a project like this. I don't have the endurance for that much work.
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Very nice work. I used the Coosa when I redid the fuel tank floor cover on my 285 Mako. Great stuff to work with and has held up well over the past 3 yrs. I have the dual console model and love it. Can't wait to see this completed.
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Originally Posted by nevets View Post
Wow you have serious talent! And it's clear that you have a plan. That's a huge tank, what are your power plans?

Thank you, main tank is 173 Gallons. Secondary tank is 75 gallons. For a total of 248 gallons. Figure coupled with a pair of 4 stokes I should Be able to travel great distances. As far as power, not sure what brand I’m going with but will be 4 strokes. Originally the boat was rated for twin 225. I’ve seen others with up to twin 350’s. I’ll probably end up somewhere between 250-300’s. But that’s a good way off.
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