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    I posted awhile back about moving up to a 23. I may have found a good deal on a 1987 231. It has an old 225 on it but I will be putting my 200 yamaha on it. I know there are a lot of opinions out on which years are better. I'm looking for comments or suggestions about this particular model.
    1987 231 with 200 Yamaha[br]Stuart, Fl

  • #2
    I think the haul is 2800 - 2900 lbs dry, so I think the 200 is a little light. I have a 232 (2600 lbs) with a 225 and its not overpowered.
    Fishing on Double Haul, Chesapeake Bay

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    • #3
      I have a 200 Yamaha on a 20' Mako and think that it's just about powered right. I would seriously think about a 250 Yamaha for a 23' Mako. You are better off to run the max power the boat will take (or a little more) and the engine will not work as hard, rather than underpower where the engine spends it's life trying to keep up and wears out quicker.

      Just my opinion.

      David M
      Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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      • #4
        Depending on how you load the boat if you prop accordinly you shoud have plenty of power to safely operate that boat. I see a lot of boats with enough HP to hit 50mph but only on occasion can they do so because of conditions. You will def. have to reprop your engine after swaping it from your smaller craft. There has been lots of discussion on proper rpm range for a healthy motor. I wish there was a chart from Mako listing Min. hp as well as Max hp for there boats. Dave
        [br]1994 Mako 215 Dual console Optimax 225[br]1978 Mako 19 with 90hp johnson[br]1996 Mako 22[br]1982 Mako 171 Angler 135 Black Max Mercury[br]1987 21b 225 Yamaha[br]1974 23 inboard Gusto gone.[br]1979m21 225johnson \"blue dolphin\" bought off this board and restored [br]with everyone\'s help!!Gone but not Forgotten....[br]1979 20 Mako 115 Suzuki gone[br]1977 19 Mako 115 Johnson gone[br]1976 23 Mako twin 140 Johnsons gone[br]1983 224 with closed transom and bracket[br]And 162 SOB (some other boats)[br]Venice Florida, Traverse city Mi.

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        • #5
          While I previously said I would go for the the rated power for the boat, the 1987 Manual rates the 23' at 42 mph with a 200, but they do not rate a 250 for mph because this hp motor was not available in 1987.

          David M
          Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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          • #6
            The 87 model is a "good" year boat. Enjoy and post pics when you get her home!
            1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
            1985 Mako 20c - sold
            Fort Walton Beach, FL
            http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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            • #7
              JWalker-

              I have a 1991 Mako 231. I really love it and it has served me well. It is an exceptional dry, stable and good riding boat. No major problems to report and I am the third owner.

              If you can get the 1987 for a good price, go for it.

              Ed

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              • #8
                The prop is something I had not considered but you are right Ill have to change it. I have spoke with several people with 200 on 231 and they are very happy with performance. Im not looking for a speed demon just a good solid ocean boat. I fish my 21 offshore on a regular basis and am looking for a little better ride and the longer range that big fuel tank affords. Hoping to make some crossings in the summer following other boats. West End is only 60mi from home.[]
                1987 231 with 200 Yamaha[br]Stuart, Fl

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                • #9
                  My Mako 228 has a 200 merc on it and the boat is plenty fast (for me). Yesterday had a nice run outside from Haulover inlet to Government cut. 30 mph the whole time. Seas were 2-4' from the port bow. That is with a 14 3/4 x 17 aluminum prop that is not in perfect condition. I am looking to get a S.S. prop.

                  In my opinion, 200 hp is just fine.
                  Richard[br]Miami[br]Pearson Flyer 30

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