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Old 04-28-2018, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Jabiru View Post
Thank you everyone for your boat buying advice! I really appreciate the time everyone took for me. Unfortunately I didn't hear back from the guy so he must not be that motivated to sell. I'll take my project money and buy an old but working boat I guess.
I was looking for a boat to restore technically but I'm sure whatever I get will come with its own future issues.

Where are you located?
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:36 PM
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Where are you located?
I live in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:25 PM
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that brand with something that is an engine hanging off of it and metal with wheels under it would probably get more than $500 a lot of places even if many would say it is not worth it

the added advantage to this one is a lot of the trash is already ripped out

cost to rebuild Vs value after rebuild is a debate that will last until the end of time
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jabiru View Post
I live in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Your a pretty good distance away, but if you are really wanting a rebuild project I've got a second formula 233 in Virginia Beach area and a trailer that should make the trip I need to get out of my yard and I can make you a deal. Pretty much stripped out already with most of the stringers cut out.
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see if you can find an old wellcraft v20 center console.
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Old 04-29-2018, 06:08 PM
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For a first project boat get a simple boat and keep it simple.

Dont put a lot of money into it and use it as a learning experience. Polyester reisn and marine plywood stringers/ transom. Most of all keep a steady work pace and finish it. Its easy to start out strong on a project but then after1-2 years let it go cold and never finish it. Before starting one get a clear picture of what you want it to look like before you start and keep that through out the build. Its easy to start off planning to build a very simple boat with fishing boat quality finish then about half way through want to give it a show boat quality finish. The level of time and labor goes thru the roof when you change gears like that, not to mention the money. There is nothing wrong with a roll and tip paint job and brush/ roll the inside.

After finishing a simple skiff if you want to build another go for it and make it as nice as you want to, you will have a much more realistic view of what it will take to build it.

I think about 3k should finish all the fiberglass work then add your motor and trailer for a ball park cost.
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Thank you everyone for your continuing help! Tomorrow I'm going to look at and hopefully buy a boat. It's a 1973 Mako 19" with a 1996 Suzuki 115hp motor. Evidently everything works and the deck has no soft spots. The trailer is good and it comes with a lowrance gps/fish finder and extra prop.. I reached an agreement of $3,000.

Do you guys think this is a good deal? What are KEY things I should be checking to make sure this boat isn't ready to fall apart. Pics attached.
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Originally Posted by Jabiru View Post
Thank you everyone for your continuing help! Tomorrow I'm going to look at and hopefully buy a boat. It's a 1973 Mako 19" with a 1996 Suzuki 115hp motor. Evidently everything works and the deck has no soft spots. The trailer is good and it comes with a lowrance gps/fish finder and extra prop.. I reached an agreement of $3,000.

Do you guys think this is a good deal? What are KEY things I should be checking to make sure this boat isn't ready to fall apart. Pics attached.
Look for signs of a rotten transom. Stress cracks around the corners and where the motor is mounted.​​​​​​ Look for holes in the transom that have not been filled properly.
Take the cowling off the motor and look for any signs of corrosion.
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Old 05-05-2018, 05:44 PM
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The purchase went well! Personally, I thought I was showing up to break my own heart but the transom turned out to be solid as determined by tapping all around with a hammer and shaking the crap out of the motor while raised to look for transom flex. Stringers looked good too. I paid $2900 in all. I really made out like a bandit because of all the spare parts, in-date flares, a Lowrance Hook 7 fish finder!!! ($600) and cobra hh350 handheld marine radio.

The hull definitely needs paint and I'll be changing all fluids on the motor. There is also some gel coat cracks here and the but no big deal. Turns out the boat is a 1971 mako 19' (not 1973)

Thank you again to all here for your help and support.
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Old 05-05-2018, 05:59 PM
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Congrats! Nice rig. Classic little Mako CCs are special boats.

Never messed with a Suzuki of that vintage, but I'm betting there are a bunch of little fuel filters here and there that would be good to change out with new ones.

You're money and time WAY ahead vs. the project hull.
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:07 PM
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Looks pretty good and you can use it while you fix it the way you like it. Congrats!

Don't trust the weather forecasts. They are usually wrong even for the same day. All that education for nothing.

Look at the sky, Look at the radar images, Check the buoyweather for your area, Sniff the air and make your own forecast.
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Barn find.
Well done.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:36 PM
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The one I restored was a 1971. Itís a cool boat. Congratulations.

did you sea trial the boat? One potential issue is these boats may not self bail if theyíve gained too much water weight over the years. You can plug up the drain and rig a bilge pump on deck if thatís the case. Good luck
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Fuel tank will be an issue with that one if they haven’t changed it out and it has been sitting.
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Originally Posted by 71Outrage View Post
The one I restored was a 1971. Itís a cool boat. Congratulations.

did you sea trial the boat? One potential issue is these boats may not self bail if theyíve gained too much water weight over the years. You can plug up the drain and rig a bilge pump on deck if thatís the case. Good luck
I've got one bilge installed and two spares. I plan on sticking at least one more in for good measure
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Fuel tank will be an issue with that one if they havenít changed it out and it has been sitting.
I was told the internal tank is good. But I plan on running off the two plastic above deck tanks.
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Nice!
Looks like a great boat! All kinds of fun projects to customize it anyway you like.

The trailer tires look a bit suspect though? They look awfully rinky dink?
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Originally Posted by Jabiru View Post
The purchase went well! Personally, I thought I was showing up to break my own heart but the transom turned out to be solid as determined by tapping all around with a hammer and shaking the crap out of the motor while raised to look for transom flex. Stringers looked good too. I paid $2900 in all. I really made out like a bandit because of all the spare parts, in-date flares, a Lowrance Hook 7 fish finder!!! ($600) and cobra hh350 handheld marine radio.

The hull definitely needs paint and I'll be changing all fluids on the motor. There is also some gel coat cracks here and the but no big deal. Turns out the boat is a 1971 mako 19' (not 1973)

Thank you again to all here for your help and support.
Careful towing that puppy.


Did you run the motor? Do a compression test?
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Originally Posted by gofastsandman View Post
The old 21 is a serious offshore pocket boat imho.
She dwarfs the 20.
agreed. the old 21 was a true deep v offshore boat. much better offshore boat than the 22' which was more for bays and inshore
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Careful towing that puppy.


Did you run the motor? Do a compression test?
Motor runs great, starts right up. Compression good. Only has 275 hours on it.
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