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  • 1986 224

    Hell All

    I have just bought a 1986 224 with a 1999 Johnson Ocean Runner. After going through the boat and replacing/adding all new wiring, new electronics leaning post T-Top I took her out for her "shake down" cruise. I ran her a long time checking out everything to make sure all where hooked up correctly.

    Being a big fan of older Makos and this site I have read that these old Makos usually have 2 problems that are expensive to replace, the gas tanks and the transom. The gas tank was just recently replaced before I bought it with a new custom Allum tank. Before I bought the boat I checked the transom and I did not see anything wrong with it, boy was I wrong. Now I have to replace the transom. The two things I did not like about these boats were how low the transom were and the factory in deck live wells. I have always liked a full transom and I like having brackets on my other boats, so to solve both problems I was thinking of adding an Armstrong bracket and intergrading a built in transom live well.

    The only thread on here that I found with my model boat reference transom brackets was a guy who was having a tough time smoothing out the ride after he put a transom on. Has anybody else had the same problem? Or has anybody else put one on and was happy after they did?

    I appreciate any and all input

  • #2
    Welcome and you are not alone with your 224. There are others with that same model here.

    Try moving your post to the discussion or project forum since this one doesn't get much attention.
    Brian[br]1992 Mako 221[br]1987 Bayliner 17 (sold)[br]1963 Elgin (sold)[br]Pasadena,MD[br][email protected][br]I am a PROUD DEPLORABLE[br]\"Make America Great Again\"[br]


    • #3
      I love my bracket on the 224. I removed in floor well and had a Leaning post/live-well made for the cockpit. So much nicer. I have the Suzuki 250 on the back so I did not want to add additional rear weight. My Transom is original...Knock on wood but I have replaced my fuel tank.
      [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br] -Rewire[br] -Tank/Misc[br] - Aft Box removal