No announcement yet.

1975 20' Center Console

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 1975 20' Center Console

    I'm looking at a 1975 Mako center console. There is a small crack in the transom. The transom seems solid. What do you think?

  • #2
    Post a pic.

    My 74 is still on its original transom, on at least its third motor, has plenty of little gelcoat cracks, and yet still really doesn't wobble much at all when on trailer and I tilt up motor and try and wiggle it.

    I think when it really starts to get loose, you will see the motor move and the transom flex, and the cracks will be serious.

    Also, look at where the bolts and washers sit on the inner side of the transom. Are they digging in? If so, it might be time for something like the T-H Marine transom support plate -- a lot cheaper than a new transom, and a pretty easy install.

    Good luck!
    NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat:[br]Personal website:


    • #3
      I can't post a pic for some reason, but the transom crack is away from the motor, on the top right section of the transom. I like the boat, but I don't want to make a mistake.


      • #4
        Here's a picture of the crack on the transom. It's at the top of the transom.



        • #5
          That is probably a crack at the top of the core, or there could be a void at the top, like there was on mine and several other members. I would say the plywood transom being 42 year's old has outlived it's useful life and is due for a replacement.
          1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
          1985 Mako 20c - sold
          Fort Walton Beach, FL


          • #6
            Ouch. Thanks for the sad, but important news. I guess I have to pass on her. []