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    Hey I am about to purchase a 1981 Mako 224 with a 2001 Yahmaha 200hp Saltwater Series. The boat has been sitting for about a year and it needs to be cleaned up.

    My question is what do you think I should look for before makeing the purchase.
    Chris[br]Florida Keys[br]1981 Mako 224[br]2000 Yamaha 200 HP OX66[br]

  • #2
    Thats a very popular model and seems to always bring attention. this mated with a late model yamaha seems like a good thing. Look for cracks around the transom opening bounce up and down on the motor to see if there are any flexing. walk all around the floor to look for soft spots. Try every switch and electrical device. if you cant go for a water test make sure its priced acordingly. if its been stored for a while gremlins will show up. good luck. 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.


    • #3
      In my opinion you should find one of your friends (or 2 for that matter)who are boaters (who own Makos would be even better) and have them go with you to look at the boat. If you don't have any boater friends, then hire a good surveyor to look at the boat with you. It will cost you some $ up front, but you won't get stuck with any major projects that you can't handle or don't want. Just my 2 cents worth -

      1973 22 CC Milford, CT USA[br]


      • #4
        Go over some of the articles found on this site for ideas of what to look for when examining used boats:
        ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]


        • #5
          what does a survey cost?? on adverage
          Chris[br]Florida Keys[br]1981 Mako 224[br]2000 Yamaha 200 HP OX66[br]


          • #6
            I paid $70.00 for a surveyor to tell me the '74 I was looking at was a hunk of junk. Just what I wanted and I assure you it's what I got. []

            It looked good on the outside though and the survey was just what I needed to get the price down to junk levels. Get it looked at by a pro if you can.
            [br]***[br]\'82 Ski Nautique - Lake Martin, AL[br]\'80 236IB - Lake Martin, AL[br]\'03 Pursuit 2670 - Destin, FL


            • #7
              Average price would be $300 to go thru all the system's.