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    Does anyone have a dual motor bracket that will fit a 1982 Mako 254? I have twin engines that are transom mounted 30 inch shafts. Having trouble finding 30 inch shaft 4-strokes to repower with so I am thinking of adding a bracket and going with traditional 25 inch shafts. Boat is in the Houston, TX area.

    Thanks,
    Jay, Houston, TX[br]1985 LuCraft 18\' Gone [br]1995 Sailfish 20\' Sold [br]2003 SeaPro 23\' Sold [br]1991 Mako 241 Sold[br]1994 Mako 221B Sold[br]1882 Mako 254

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    I bought mine from Epic Marine for my 1985 254. It was 1800 bare aluminum. Now sure what shipping would be.

    MY mechanic used to have a bracket, but it was not full width. I believe it was 7 feet wide, not 8. I can see if he still has it, but he was asking 1500 for it with it needing welding and paint. To me, it was better to buy new.
    \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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    • #3
      Thanks Scott. I will add that contact to my file while I keep looking for a good used on.
      Jay, Houston, TX[br]1985 LuCraft 18\' Gone [br]1995 Sailfish 20\' Sold [br]2003 SeaPro 23\' Sold [br]1991 Mako 241 Sold[br]1994 Mako 221B Sold[br]1882 Mako 254

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      • #4
        I would look on Craigslist. I use searchtempest to search of them all. I bought a new Armstrong bracket last year off a guy in Florida for 850 bucks. He had it sitting in his back yard for 2 years and didn't finish his project. Good luck in your search.[]
        1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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        • #5
          quote:


          Originally posted by fishngator


          Does anyone have a dual motor bracket that will fit a 1982 Mako 254? I have twin engines that are transom mounted 30 inch shafts. Having trouble finding 30 inch shaft 4-strokes to repower with so I am thinking of adding a bracket and going with traditional 25 inch shafts. Boat is in the Houston, TX area.


          Thanks,


          Whats the transom angle? The bracket coming off my Jupiter might work for you. Its in an ad here with link to the pics.
          Sold the 17\', moved to FL... I need a new handle.[br]1991 Jupiter 31, current project[br]2005 Everglades 243, sold[br]2012 Contender 23 Open sold[br]1989 Intrepid 246 WA--gone to Australia[br]1973 Mako 17--sold with regrets[br]1992 Mako 17--started it all[br]Pompano, FL

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          • #6
            Thanks for the responses, I will look to expand my craigslist search skills. Texas 17, that bracket may be a bit wide for my boat. My beam is listed as 8'. I will check the measurement tomorrow. I will also look try to figure out what the transom angle is on my boat. 1982 Mako 254 with a 3/4 transom.
            Jay, Houston, TX[br]1985 LuCraft 18\' Gone [br]1995 Sailfish 20\' Sold [br]2003 SeaPro 23\' Sold [br]1991 Mako 241 Sold[br]1994 Mako 221B Sold[br]1882 Mako 254

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            • #7
              quote:


              Originally posted by fishngator


              Thanks for the responses, I will look to expand my craigslist search skills. Texas 17, that bracket may be a bit wide for my boat. My beam is listed as 8'. I will check the measurement tomorrow. I will also look try to figure out what the transom angle is on my boat. 1982 Mako 254 with a 3/4 transom.



              Mine is an 85 and it was 15 degrees. You can google how to measure the angle.

              Do you mean it is 3/4" thick? That is a thin transom. Mine was 1.5" before I rebuilt it, and when I did, I used 1.5" core materials and 8 layers of 1708 and CSM to make it real strong.
              \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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              • #8
                Yeah, mines probably too wide then. Down at the level youd be installing Im sure you are under 8.
                Sold the 17\', moved to FL... I need a new handle.[br]1991 Jupiter 31, current project[br]2005 Everglades 243, sold[br]2012 Contender 23 Open sold[br]1989 Intrepid 246 WA--gone to Australia[br]1973 Mako 17--sold with regrets[br]1992 Mako 17--started it all[br]Pompano, FL

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                • #9
                  jeepguy, I meant that the transom had been raised, but not full.
                  Jay, Houston, TX[br]1985 LuCraft 18\' Gone [br]1995 Sailfish 20\' Sold [br]2003 SeaPro 23\' Sold [br]1991 Mako 241 Sold[br]1994 Mako 221B Sold[br]1882 Mako 254

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                  • #10
                    fishngator, from my own experience, I would suggest don't just get one that might?? Be a decent fit for the boat. Based on price or location, or anything else. Maybe darn well sure its a good fit for the boat, and the power you plan to pair with the boat. The bracket will change your planing and trim characteristics a bit. But with the right choice will change those minimally. With the wrong choice, could change dramatically. There are a lot of factors going into it, transom angle, possibly wedges, floatation or no flotation bracket, etc etc etc.. Mine was aluminum and custom made and worked out, and pretty well, but the boat was pretty trim tab dependent to get what I wanted out of the boat.If I had to do it all over again, I would make sure it was an Armstrong, stainless marine,Hermco or another manufacturer that someone has experience with here at this site, and with the exact model boat and maybe very close power to what you have in mind, and LIKES the result.Plenty og great guys here that are huge helps and have documented their experience. Good luck and keep us posted!

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                    • #11
                      Agree with post from ddd222 . Bracket must be designed to match within a degree of your transom angle. Most if not all boats converted from notched transom to Armstrong bracket mounted outboard are going to need trim tabs. They weren't designed to hang 450 to 650 lbs 30" or so off the back of the transom. A good stern lifting prop and max horsepower rating on motor will help with proposing. Trim tabs close to half way down are required on my boat if I'm running on glass smooth water, wide open and trimmed out.
                      1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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                      • #12
                        I have twins on a bracket and do not have trim tabs. Bow barely goes up when I throttle up and does not porpoise.
                        \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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                        • #13
                          I have twins on a bracket and do not have trim tabs. Bow barely goes up when I throttle up and does not porpoise.
                          \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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