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1989 231 Mako Re-do - Getting Close

Old 02-18-2012, 10:05 AM
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Default 1989 231 Mako Re-do - Getting Close

Bought this 231 Mako back in May of 2011. Pretty much started the tear down just a couple months of owning the boat. I had a plan in mind as well as a budget to turn this boat into something that fit my idea of the perfect boat for me and how I use it. Its been a process, and some bumps and forks in the road have had to be over come, but nearing completion it has definitely been exciting to put it all together. He are some pictures of where things started to where they are now and a list of some of the changes made...Enjoy

-Brand new Fuel tank
-Closed in transom
-30" Twin Floatation Bracket set up for a Single outboard
-T-top mounted straight to console with internal support
-Suzuki DF250 4 stroke
-All new Hydraulic Steering
-Custom starboard base under console, more starboard to be added in place of old teak trim.
-Bottom paint removed - VC Performance Epoxy sprayed on hull bottom
-Awlgrip Ice Blue blended for a shade darker for hull sides
-Awlgrip Snow White for all interior/nonskid

Started with this...



Soda Blasted bottom paint away...



Filled, primed, sanded bottom smooth



VC Performance Epoxy bottom...



Old Fuel Tank Removal..



Used this wood across gunnels and a come along to get out tank...



Transom filled...



Cap and Transom Enclosed...



Bought a used trailer and installed Keel bunks



New Fuel tank coal tarred and foamed in...



Bracket installed.. (Thanks Don Hermco)



Boat Painted....



Console Down Tight...



T-Top Installed - Mounted to console...







LED Lights under electronics box to shine down on console at night



Suzuki DF250 Waiting to be bolted on...



Cory
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That is coming along real nice.
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Very nice indeed !!
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wow!!!

I am always amazed by the talent of some of you guys. That's one heck of a project.

Great Job!!!
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Thanks guys. Hopefully it works out exactly as it was planned in my mind. I still have some work left to do, but most of the work left is the fun stuff!
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Looking real good,can't wait to see some blood on the deck.
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Originally Posted by BigNiner19 View Post
Transom filled...
Nice job!

Just curious...the existing transom wasn't rotted?

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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Nice job!

Just curious...the existing transom wasn't rotted?

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I would like to know this as well
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Great job. I have an 87 22 ft Mckee hammer head that is in good shape, but would like to refit it one day too. Would it be rude if me to ask how much u have invested in the refit? Minus the cost of the motor.
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The existing transom was very solid. Drilled holes all around and was dry. Had one spot I let dry out that was questionable, but all in all, solid and dry.
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With a lot of these older boats and re-habs, I would like to know why so many put a bracket on instead of bolting the engine to the transom? Is there a performance difference or floatation issue?
Thanks in advance for the help.
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Originally Posted by aftergolf View Post
With a lot of these older boats and re-habs, I would like to know why so many put a bracket on instead of bolting the engine to the transom? Is there a performance difference or floatation issue?
Thanks in advance for the help.
For me its 2 reasons

Reason No.1(the major one for me)......
If for whatever reason you get water below deck and pumps arnt working just right or whatever ...... and you don't realize it the boat is prob gonna deep six before you can properly address the issue.The older cut out Seacrafts are known for this so I was told.If you have closed transom it buys you time.

Reason No.2
IMO it makes the boat look a whole lot cleaner and I just don't like looking back there and seeing the water that close to the deck. And you have much dryer feet with a full transom boat. If your feet get wet on a full transom boat you have a WHOLE lot of other things to be thinking about
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It can extend the hull some and create a better ride. Some have had poor results with brackets saying the ride got worse. But like mentioned above, the look of it is nice too. It cleans up the stern of the boat. In all honesty one of the reasons I did it was to open up the deck area some more to have a little more room to fish and kind of give it more of a modern appeal.

Lets not forget these older hulls were not designed with heavier 4 stroke motors in mind. These floatation brackets are the ticket to help offset the extra added weight of a 4 stroke versus an older 2 stroke.

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Looks great!
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Thanks for the info, did not think about the extra 4-stroke weight on the transom. I was thinking if you were fishing how difficult it would be to leader a fish in with the extension the bracket creates, but with all things you adapt.
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BigNiner,
That thing looks sexy! Great job, you're going to have a very cool, one-of-a-kind mako.
Where did you find those mini-LED lights for under the electronics box? I"m looking for something like that myself.
Thanks and good luck!

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Originally Posted by No Excuses View Post
BigNiner,
That thing looks sexy! Great job, you're going to have a very cool, one-of-a-kind mako.
Where did you find those mini-LED lights for under the electronics box? I"m looking for something like that myself.
Thanks and good luck!

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Those are the Hella Marine flush mount LED's most boat supply stores have them in stock or can order them. They have white, red, blue, purple
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Got the T-top finished up. LED Lights in the top, pre-wired and ready to go. Time to start rigging the rest of the boat.





LED Lights in t-top





Here you can see where I have added support to the t-top legs coming to the console. These L brackets mount to the floor and to each main leg of the top for additional support.





Enjoy
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Awesome job!

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