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Old 01-06-2016, 06:05 PM
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Does anyone remember a mako 261 from back in the late 80s? It ran around north palm beach. Curious what ever became of it.
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I had a 1992 261 that was named "Poppy B" when I bought it. Great boat and was tricked out.
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Cool, did it have a Birdsall walk around tower on it? Any idea where it is now? Thanks a lot for responding.
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I have some old Mako brochures from that era. We had a blast in the Mako funaments with Bill Monroe running the show.

I ran Bill out of WPB several years on our 261 the " Hang It Up " for him to photograph the new models for the Mako brochures. I'll dig them up and upload some shoots. I remember the " Poppy B " being in the books.
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No tower. It had a extra large Birdsall double bow ttop. It also had a extra fiberglass insert around the bow seating that had a rocket launcher mounted to it. It had twin 200 mercs on it when I bought it and I repowered it with 200 HPDI's in 2003.

It actually partially sunk in one of the Hurricanes we had but it was in brackish water. I bought it back from the insurance company and sold it to another guy. I'm not sure if he repowered or just replaced electrical on the motors but it was a easy fix. Great boat!!
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Originally Posted by Daytrip01 View Post
Does anyone remember a mako 261 from back in the late 80s? It ran around north palm beach. Curious what ever became of it.
The original "Poppy B" - actually there were several Poppy B's - the first one was a Mako 17, and the last and largest one was the 261 you asked about - and yes, the owner lived in Palm Beach then. They were all owned by John Brownlee, who is an outdoor writer who started writing for Florida Sportsman and Saltwater Sportsman, and would later become editor of Saltwater Sportsman, and then editor of Marlin Magazine. He also did many of the videos for Sportfishing Magazines television series, and has lived in Islamorada for the past 20 years or so. John was also Chairman of the Billfish Foundation among other fisheries boards he sat on. He re-hab'd a 37 Bertram 10 years or so ago and I think I saw an ad for it for sale on here. His boat names came from his wife's name - "Poppy," and the "B" from the initial of their last name.

I don't generally talk about peoples personal names here, but he has been such a public figure for so many years, his name, positions, etc., are posted all over the web.
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Very cool thanks guys. As a younger man growing up in that area I always thought that boat was sweet. One of the first walk around towers I remember seeing. As it turns out john brownlee lived in the house across the canal from my current home. Small world. I always say I will buy the boat if I ever see it again. Never have. Bobby Birdsall told me they did three with those same towers.
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This is the cover of Mako's 1989 brochure.
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This is the cover of Mako's 1989 brochure.
Wow! That brings back memories of thumbing through the Mako brochures as a kid. We did a few Mako tournaments (or "Funaments") back then and the two boats that I always drooled over were the "Tuppence" and the "Spin Off" both of which were 261's with towers. Good stuff!
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That's it! Still love that thing. I am sure it is a project if it is still alive. Thanks for posting that
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Great memory from being a kid and dreaming….one day…...
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My old Mako 261 "Sundance Kid" was a copy of the poppy b. I had red canvas and graphics. I ran the boat for 10 years and never had a stress crack on the Birdsall tower. That was a great boat.
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This is the cover of Mako's 1989 brochure.
See the 2 bent butt 80's in the leaning post? In August of 1988 I think it was, John and I (I had a 25 Mako) were trolling the drop going north between Memory Rock and the corner at Matanilla during the wpb Mako Owners Tournament. It was about 8am, slick calm and foggy, and we were watching schools of small pufferfish making a wake on the mirror slick surface when all of a sudden one of John's bent butt 80's went off. Big hole in the water where the bait had been, and he could not stop the fish - spooled. We figgered it had to be a big bluefin tuna.
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That is good stuff! Any idea where your boat ended up sundance?
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That is good stuff! Any idea where your boat ended up sundance?

I sold the boat to a friend in Vero in 1997 he sold it a few years later to someone who took the tired Yamahas off and repowered with evinrudes. Boat sank @2008.
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Wow. Not good. Did it sink off shore?
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I grew up in wpb and as a child, dove hunted with Bill M and Buddy T on several occasions on a friend of the family's ranch in Hobe Sound.Those two would hold the court after the hunts telling stories and such. Really cool experience. Mako's were certainly considered Cadillacs of that era and region.The other custom brands ( ww, sea vee, contender ) were on the rise but Mako dominated that market. Quality boats and fair pricing . Funny how much accessories and amenities have driven up the cost of boats.
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That was my boat. I sold it to Dan Ausley in Tallahassee in 1993, and he subsequently sold it to a guy in New Smyrna Breach who reportedly put it up on the rocks and destroyed it. Last time I saw it was late '90s at the north causeway boat ramp in NSB. It was a great boat!
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Capt. K, this is the boat you bought I think.

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