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1991 Mako 261B build

Old 07-15-2015, 04:08 PM
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Default 1991 Mako 261B build

Bought someones project, I had no intention to build another boat but this one already had a new coosa deck, stringers, and transom. Also had a new tank, monster lenco tabs, and a custom aluminum bracket for twin four stokes..... I also negotiated a contender console and Boston whaler leaning post.

I am a teacher and knew I needed a summer job, worked about 5 weekends on it and the whole month of June. I had a deadline of "fishable" by July 1st because I had a house rented on the West Coast of FL (where I grew up) for 10 days. My mom loves to scallop, I knew gags opened then so had to get it done...... Here are some pics, and work is still in progress, but it kills grouper

The start.....

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T-top that came with it was from a 28 Hydrasports and needed way too much modification, so sold it and found one to fit the contender console, had to shorten it 12" but it comes out ok.....

progress
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mount for my bandit reel, no I'm not commercial, just think they are cool
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Fish box in the bow to offset the weight of the fourstrokes, getting rid of the hatch/dry storage in front of the fish box, because I don't like it....
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pic of the bandit, going to be cool to power drift and hit the button on the big reel!
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console coming together
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Drove to Miami to pick up a new trailer and it is great! Good job Sea-Tech
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New Gel on the outside....
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found a pair of f225 yamis that I couldn't pass up, wanted 175's but like I said I'm a teacher and the motors checked out
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top frame in place, now comes the fun of fabricating my own hard top....


Template in place
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covered it in wax paper then placed the Nida-core in place and started glassing
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Used a trailer tire to get the curves
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As it sits now, plenty to do, but at least it floats!
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first trip, first kill
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Old 07-15-2015, 04:13 PM
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Love it!!!
Old 07-15-2015, 08:40 PM
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That's awesome!
Sure it's a 261? The lines and interior look like a 254? Wouldn't think a contender console would fit over the rigging tubes. Either way, looks great and would love to see the numbers from those engines!
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Good work. It is nice to know exactly what your boat is made of.
Old 07-16-2015, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Castrohasanafro View Post
That's awesome!
Sure it's a 261? The lines and interior look like a 254? Wouldn't think a contender console would fit over the rigging tubes. Either way, looks great and would love to see the numbers from those engines!
My title says 261 and it measures out to exactly that. The entire boat has been rebuilt from a bare hull and the gunnel cap is new from the mid point aft. The original rigging tubes and inner liner are long gone and the new rigging tubes come from the outside of the stringers and pass through to come up under the console. The deck was raised 1 inch and the console moved forward.

I am not a mako historian, I just saw the boat and loved the lines and the reverse chines. It maybe a 254, but either way I know I will continue to build it and fish it. I am currently running 21p three blades that were on the motors I bought off a hull truth member and they pushed a 31 contender. I know I will have to play with props but I have a couple of weeks of tinkering until I am ready to do that. I saw another 261 with f225's and he was running 19's but his boat is almost all original and I am sure the amount of coosa in mine lightened it up considerably.

I am open to any thoughts or suggestions as I have never built an outboard boat before only an old single screw diesel work boat.

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Old 07-16-2015, 05:30 AM
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Wow. Awesome to see a 261 made basically into a three piece boat. I think it is a 261, but it's been seriously chopped. You can measure the beam to tell for sure. 8'6" will have been a 261. The 261 interior bow was nothing like what you've got now, though.

Love to see it when it's 100%.
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Very nice, keep the pics coming!
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Originally Posted by mattlex View Post
My title says 261 and it measures out to exactly that. The entire boat has been rebuilt from a bare hull and the gunnel cap is new from the mid point aft. The original rigging tubes and inner liner are long gone and the new rigging tubes come from the outside of the stringers and pass through to come up under the console. The deck was raised 1 inch and the console moved forward.

I am not a mako historian, I just saw the boat and loved the lines and the reverse chines. It maybe a 254, but either way I know I will continue to build it and fish it. I am currently running 21p three blades that were on the motors I bought off a hull truth member and they pushed a 31 contender. I know I will have to play with props but I have a couple of weeks of tinkering until I am ready to do that. I saw another 261 with f225's and he was running 19's but his boat is almost all original and I am sure the amount of coosa in mine lightened it up considerably.

I am open to any thoughts or suggestions as I have never built an outboard boat before only an old single screw diesel work boat.
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Ahhh gotcha, Its most likely a 261 that had the transom closed up. Your doing a great job, please bring it over to classicmako.com!
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it is actually a 254... only a 7 ft beam, funny I just assumed since it measured out at 26'1" that it was what it was........ been building the boat for months and now I know what i am building.........;?

either way it will be fast! haha
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Great project. I wanted to cut the liner walls out of mine. The wife put her foot down and the project needed to stay less complex.

I too don't know if thats a 261. Something looks off to me (shorter sides and less bow, but maybe its the gray and black colors throwing me off).. I'm looking at the bottom, and I can't make out any strakes running up to the stem. If I remember right, he 254 had a slick bottom from stem to near amidships where a strake picked up from the chine at amidships and went straight back. The cap on the 254 sloped back a tad from the rubrail, whereas the 261 the cap is straight up and down from the rubrail.

Does your hull have strakes from bow eye on back? The 261 also has a varied deadrise aft. 23 degrees to the strakes and more like 14 from strakes to chine. 8'6" beam on 261 versus 8' on 254.

Please post a pic of the stem and keel if you can. I'm not saying you've got a bad boat, we Mako fanatics are just detail oriented about the exact model of the donor boat. Some will argue that the 254 will outperform the 261 in rough water.

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Originally Posted by RingLeader View Post
Great project. I wanted to cut the liner walls out of mine. The wife put her foot down and the project needed to stay less complex.

I too don't know if thats a 261. Something looks off to me (shorter sides and less bow, but maybe its the gray and black colors throwing me off).. I'm looking at the bottom, and I can't make out any strakes running up to the stem. If I remember right, he 254 had a slick bottom from stem to near amidships where a strake picked up from the chine at amidships and went straight back. The cap on the 254 sloped back a tad from the rubrail, whereas the 261 the cap is straight up and down from the rubrail.

Does your hull have strakes from bow eye on back? The 261 also has a varied deadrise aft. 23 degrees to the strakes and more like 14 from strakes to chine. 8'6" beam on 261 versus 8' on 254.

Please post a pic of the stem and keel if you can. I'm not saying you've got a bad boat, we Mako fanatics are just detail oriented about the exact model of the donor boat. Some will argue that the 254 will outperform the 261 in rough water.
You guys are right its a 254, I am laughing at myself because I have spent countless hours building and didn't know what I had...... Thanks for setting me straight

Put on the rub rail today, wanted to get a monster one till I found out the price wow! almost as shocking as my $400 + dollar motor tiebar.... building is fun but it aint cheap!

putting in the anchor roller and scuppers on the rear wall to finally make it self bailing, guy i bought it from wanted the in deck scuppers plumbed to a pump.... not my style!
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Gotta update the thread title now!

Nice Mako.
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Got started making a hatch for the rear deck. Previous owner left me scratching my head on this one. He framed the edges of the opening with aluminum L brackets and it was not a normal size to get a hatch, plus I need it to be strong because I am 300 lbs in dive gear with my big tanks.

I want it water tight and flush with the rest of the deck so I cut back the deck around the opening and made a coosa cored hatch to fit the hole, The plan is to get some type of weather stripping to line the top of the aluminum frame and add twist locks to the new hatch.

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OK the consensus is that the hull is actually a 254. I looked at my title and it says its a 91 mako marine inc. 25'7". The hull measures out to 26' 1" from the front of the hull (not including the pulpit or rubrail) to the top of the stern (again not including the rubrail.)

I looked on nada's website and they don't have a 91' 254 listed is this an error with them or am i still wrong on the model? If any Mako aficionado knows I am curious. thanks
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I've been fishing and diving the boat when weather allows but lately its been blowing so tackled some more projects

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getting rid of goofy dry storage that wasn't dry.....
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rain delay
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tried to get it close to the original look with the rain channels, also added a couple of more rod holders and cup holders
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cleaned up the stern
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In the process of building an electronics box now, kind of making me wish I had just bought a bolt on one but everything else on this boat is custom or at the veryleast modified so I'll keep with the theme.....
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My guess is that it is a 1991 Mako 251. I am rebuilding one right now. Should be a 8' beam and a 25'7'' LOA. My title says the same as yours 1991 Mako 257. I am guessing with mine that when the FWC sold it off for auction they re-did the title.
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Nice to see another Mako brought back to life. Some of these are modified so much that it is hard to tell what they are. In the end, they are good solid boats.
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Got a few more things going on the boat....

Work on the electronics box with speaker cutouts.

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My fuel management gauge got to the point that it was unreadable along with the the rest of the original yamaha gauges so I opted for traditional (affordable) gauges and decided to not spend the $900 on a new fuel management system and put in a new gauge size blue-tooth radio for the wife........
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Redid the side speaker cutouts from the previous owner into some extra dry storage. I won't be running a monster stereo with external amps so this better suits my fishing needs.

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got the electronics box in place and added a couple of flood lights to the front, came out well but glad its done.....

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Looks like fun!

I'm considering a 261B as a project boat later this year early 2017. I like the contender/competition console.
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