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Old 01-08-2020, 02:25 AM
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Default steering for inboard Mako

Hello all,
I have an old Mako 236, straight shaft inboard - powered by a volvo 165hp diesel engine.
Morse cable steering
Have purchased a used Furuno TZT2 touch Sounder/GPS.
I would like to integrate the steering through a auto helm and work in with the Furuno unit.
I am not worried if it takes a bit of time to put the system together as i can afford it.
Would really appreciate some good options and a pathway to getting the job done.
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Justin
Old 01-08-2020, 05:24 PM
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Sounds like you have a very rare boat. Would like to see pictures. Do you have room to add a power steering pump and a ram on the rudder post?
Old 01-09-2020, 12:38 PM
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Hi Captinlon,
Yes i'm pretty sure i have room, there seems to be room between the stringers and the exhaust for the piston shaft if necessary i believe.
Rare boat? i don't know, There is still quite a few 23's and 236's about - but i don't know how many with the (probably) factory diesel engine, I purchased it off a guy in Long Island NY. got it picked up, slid sideways into a hightop container and sent to New Zealand, I am now giving it a mainly cosmetic clean up.
Here she is on arrival day at home getting unpacked


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May not be the case in nz but it wouldn't be that much more here to go all hydraulic vs the cost of a linear actuator. Those things are $$$
Old 01-09-2020, 12:57 PM
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Boat prices are crazy expensive Baitkiller and so are most of the bits and pieces that go on them, i have found it's less expensive for a lot of things to buy on Amazon and have it posted over. Anything bigger, or for the sellers that wont ship to NZ i just get sent to my sisters in Texas and she posts over. Worlds pretty small now. I even sold a couple of game reels on here and posted them to the buyer in the US.
Which system is the best to go for ? i have no clue.
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Boat arrived in that beautiful gel coat colour i'm told was called "bermuda gold" here we call it calf/baby or monkey crap brown. The first hot day and it was impossible to walk on.

Bermuda gold, and prior to T-top build

T-top and white

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