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1983 Mako restoration

Old 12-21-2018, 03:44 PM
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I’ve been in a restoration on this 1983 Mako 238 for over 10 years. My step dad owned it before me and I fished on it for 7 years before that. My family loves it. I have done a lot to this boat over the years and the complete thread can be seen over at Classic Mako.com

currently the boat is in Melbourne FL getting work done by Karma Kustom. John has been awesome to work with. They were referred to me by Mike and Mike over at Outboard Specialties in Pompano. I drove my boat down in 2015 for the Suzuki repower and back down to Melbourne in September for major glass work, full transom, bracket, paint etc.

enjoy the pics and read. I picked through some highlights over the past 10 years so you can see where it was and where it’s going.





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Charcoal grey and several coats of clear and new vinyl.




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2300 mile round trip deal. Mike Lund at Outboard Specialties in Pompano Beach FL was great in all aspects. Price, communication, delivery, install, accomadating ...man I can't say enough. Obviously there was significant advantages to start for me to make the PA to FL trip. I would do it again.







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Putting the boat in a slip for the first since owning the boat. I hated the fact that I was putting paint back on but after picking it up and seeing the color I was pleasantly halo but my son said "dad we need to paint the hull".

I had scandia marine in Annapolis do the work. I don't mind doing much of anything but for the price this was a lot aggregation and risk I didn't have to worry about. They did a great job. Interlux micron CSC dark blue




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Here are some updated pics. Any monkey can do demo lol.

Hopefully I can get it put back even better than before. I definitely need input and any suggestions no matter if its negative lol. Ive been back and fourth if I should bracket. Motor is coming off tomorrow. While Im at it Im doing the transom.




Deck is going to be level, then I can raise drain tubes 3.5




What should I do with drain channels that went around fish boxes? In deck drain hole just in front of splash well...cut out and plug and glass?




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Roughed in!

Gonna be a flat top on the transom cap. Opted for more storage and hatches. I think there can be some other benefits to having a flat cap. One with a slight camber looks sweet but Im happy just the same.







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Gunnel supports are going in




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Nice rounded edges




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Hopefully bracket will be done next week and can get bolted on and the cap finished.




Current progress! Man this is awesome




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Entire topside got gel coated and willl be sanded down and low spots filled in. Now primer for fine block sanding then paint.







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Old 12-21-2018, 03:52 PM
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That is great. New clean look with more space. Keep it comming
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:30 PM
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Absolutely great Brando!
Where's the Johnson picture at?
3 outboards, must be an awesome hull, I miss you guys at Classic Mako but password is long forgotten!
Great website, I'm also on BOB as is Makorider and Texas17, come on over and show off your progress!
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Cool build! Can’t wait to see more
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Love it!
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Mike Lund & Outboard Specilties are absolutely top notch. I would go to them for Suzuki at any reasonable distance.

I am loving this! I am picking up a 1975 Mako 17, same year I was born, to do a nice refit with my 13 year old son for him to start using this summer. Its a Xmas gift, but one he has to work at to get to use. His buddy just got a 14 McKee Craft, really sweet little boat that we have been helping them get ready fir Xmas, and another of his friends has a Whaler, so they are about to have a fleet roaming the canals of Pompano soon.

Keep the pics & details coming please, sweet rebuild!
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Wow this thread is quite inspirational and with great photos. Thanks for taking us along
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Originally Posted by bluewaterposer View Post
Absolutely great Brando!
Where's the Johnson picture at?
3 outboards, must be an awesome hull, I miss you guys at Classic Mako but password is long forgotten!
Great website, I'm also on BOB as is Makorider and Texas17, come on over and show off your progress!
God bless,
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hey brother! Been a long time since I seen you on CM. I’ll have check out BOB but what is it lol
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looks great Brandon!
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:37 PM
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Looking awesome. Love the rebuild threads.
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A&J bracket is done. Went 38” wide, 24” tall, 28” setback’ 72” swim platform, handles and swim ladder
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bracket is getting dry fitted and mounting holes pre drilled

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I paid extra for the handles and for the tub to completely enclosed. That way custom mounting holes to avoid stringers and still have 100% secured bracket. Also since I raised the deck from Splash well back created mounting concerns. Overkill? Possibly so but I like it


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Temporary on. All good so pull off, DA, acid wash and powder coat same day.


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That looks awesome Brando! the cockpit area looks so much larger without the side boxes. Im curious to hear your opinions on the handling of the boat with the bracket. To me it felt like a bigger boat in seas but I think it floats shallower I see you have the mounting points for the undermounted ladder, great idea that will make the best use of the platform. Congrats on taking it to the next level!
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I may have missed something, but it looked like you had in deck fish boxes/storage boxes. Can you explain that part of the build and if you chose to give up some space or were the photos just confusing to me. I really like the work you are putting into this, it looks great all around. Just trying to understand your trade offs.

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Decided to fly down for the day and check on the progress of the boat and meet the guys at Karma Kustom and expert marine welding.

Flight left Tuesday at 9:30 out of Baltimore. Saw a sign for oysters so obviously I had to indulge lol

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Plane ride down was less than fun. Snoring guy in front of me and heavy set lady woofing down hardboiled eggs. Then some jackwaggon unplugged the shore power on the plane. All lights etc went down. Took 45 mins to reboot system. One person freaked out and took them self off the flight. My Bluetooth headset accidentally cut out and the phone played let the bodies hit the floor out load. I scrambled to turn it off but not before two people lectured me that kind of music and lyrics was inappropriate on a flight. Oh well. Flight eventually went well and we we landed 10 mins late even though we departed 45 mins behind. Picked up my rental for the day

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I got a late night bite at Dennys lol reminds me of when I was a lot younger and had only money for toast and water when my friends and I went out. Then I drove into cape Canaveral and down there he A1A. Go ahead and sing it ! Parked in a public beach access parking lot and took a nap till sunrise and watched the sun come up on the water.

Some more sights

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Got to Karma Kustom Around 9:45

They were reworking gunnel cap, filling
and fairing other areas.

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They pic below they ended up building the gunnel wall out a little to Leadon the transition from the old 1 lip on top of the gunnel

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Here is what they sent me last night. CSM laid up. 1708 today

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Looks great man. I think we talked for a minute a couple years ago when we were docked up next to each other at harborside in OC. I was in my old mako 220 at the time. Love that you got rid of the storage boxes in the stern. Cockpit looks so much bigger without them.
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Kudos to you fiberglass workers, you make it look easier than working with wood. Smooth lines, straight edges--Amazing.
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Looks great man. I think we talked for a minute a couple years ago when we were docked up next to each other at harborside in OC. I was in my old mako 220 at the time. Love that you got rid of the storage boxes in the stern. Cockpit looks so much bigger without them.

yeah i I man I remember! I don’t get to OC anymore. Had to get rid of our place there but hopefully in the near future I can get back to coming down every wekeend. With the kids being older now it seems much harder. Thanks for the comments.
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