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    Looking for feed back from 235 owners that have bracketed engines. Not hearsay but real knowledge. I have a 79 235 with a Honda BF225. I do a lot of fishing in rips and I'm trying to keep the water off the deck. I have made splash boards but still have more water than I want coming over the motor well.

    So the question is how did the ride change going to a bracket? I have heard of issue when using the old 2 stroke brackets when going to 4 stroke.

    Im posting this for someone else on the Mako Owners FB page as he lost his ID and PW.

    Dave

  • #2
    I recently did my 79 21 with an enclosed transom and a bracket. It's a new boat!! Totally better ride with more room in the back for fishing. A lot quieter in the cock pit as well. Bracket is from Stainless Marine. High quality , imo.

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    • #3
      I had a 230 WA. I raised the transom 5" and installed a flotation bracket with an Etec 250 at the original 25" transom level. Never had a drop of water over the new 30" transom.
      1998 253 W/A Suzuki 300

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      • #4
        In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.
        ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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        • #5
          quote:


          Originally posted by Justin


          In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.



          most all v6 four strokes weigh very close to each other. roughly 600#

          25"

          Honda BF225 600#

          Suzuki DF225/250 608#

          Yamaha F225 609#

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by 2TDave


            Looking for feed back from 235 owners that have bracketed engines. Not hearsay but real knowledge. I have a 79 235 with a Honda BF225. I do a lot of fishing in rips and I'm trying to keep the water off the deck. I have made splash boards but still have more water than I want coming over the motor well.


            So the question is how did the ride change going to a bracket? I have heard of issue when using the old 2 stroke brackets when going to 4 stroke.

            Im posting this for someone else on the Mako Owners FB page as he lost his ID and PW.

            Dave


            thank you dave for reposting this. I had to create a new user etc I couldn't get into my old user login.

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            • #7
              quote:


              Originally posted by reelbroke


              quote:


              Originally posted by Justin


              In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.



              most all v6 four strokes weigh very close to each other. roughly 600#



              Some sneak down a bit closer to 500. Every lb can help if the deck is swamping.
              ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Justin


                In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.



                the myth of Hondas being heavy was when Honda was the only company making a four stroke.

                Honda BF225 600#

                Suzuki DF225/250 608#

                Yamaha F225 609#

                Yamaha just came out with a 550# but they still make the 609#

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by reelbroke


                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Justin


                  In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.



                  the myth of Hondas being heavy was when Honda was the only company making a four stroke.

                  Honda BF225 600#

                  Suzuki DF225/250 608#

                  Yamaha F225 609#

                  Yamaha just came out with a 550# but they still make the 609#



                  A honda guy! Regardless, I realize swapping engines isnt a great answer, but a lighter engine would help with the deck swamping.

                  Bob Carpenter bracketed a 235, but it had a 450lb johnson on it.

                  http://classicmako.com/projects/carpenter/
                  ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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                  • #10
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Justin


                    quote:


                    Originally posted by reelbroke


                    quote:


                    Originally posted by Justin


                    In addition to considering a bracket, he may want to consider a lighter engine...if memory serves, that honda 225 is on the heavier side.



                    the myth of Hondas being heavy was when Honda was the only company making a four stroke.

                    Honda BF225 600#

                    Suzuki DF225/250 608#

                    Yamaha F225 609#

                    Yamaha just came out with a 550# but they still make the 609#



                    A honda guy! Regardless, I realize swapping engines isnt a great answer, but a lighter engine would help with the deck swamping.

                    Bob Carpenter bracketed a 235, but it had a 450lb johnson on it.

                    http://classicmako.com/projects/carpenter/



                    thank you for the link, but my question keeps getting danced around. I'm looking for feedback about a bracketed 235 or even 231 done correctly with a bracket built for a four stroke 600# engine. people use the wrong brackets all the time and wreck a good motor, ruin the ride of the boat etc. I have no water on the deck when at rest and my deck drains are above water. I have issues getting water around the engine and on the deck when fishing a certain way and was looking for a way to cure it. removing 100# from the stern and raising the transom 1" will not change what is going on. closing the transom will.

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                    • #11
                      You dont necessarily have to add a bracket if you don't want to.

                      You can add splashguards on either side of the honda -- you can go fancy, and glass them in, or simple, and use starboard and aluminum c channel.
                      ROGUE I[br]1978 235 CC[br]Newburyport, MA[br]ROGUE II[br]1987 17\' Montauk[br]Camden, ME[br]

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                      • #12
                        Glad you found your way back. Hopefully youll get the answers you need. You might want to post in projects. Its more active.

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                        • #13
                          you do not need a full transom. Adding 5 or 6 inches does the trick and you can step over it and treat the bracket platform like deck space. I used to stand on the bracket deck and sit on the motor when bottom fishing offshore. full flotation bracket and higher transom plus you will pick up 3-5 mph and better fuel burn. Why worry about weight if you add 100- 150 lb of transom structure.
                          1998 253 W/A Suzuki 300

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                          • #14
                            I can't give you a before/after comparison. I have a bracket with a V6 two stroke on my 23. I did raise my transom to 25". My well drains are right at water line. I didn't raise them since the fish boxes and floor all drain into the splash well. After putting scuppers over them on the transom, I only take water thru them when backing up or if 2 or 3 of us are standing in the rear (or on the platform). I don't get water over the transom with the bracket there.

                            The ride is phenomenal. It planes out quickly and rides great. I can't be happier with the boat overall.

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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by Justin


                              You dont necessarily have to add a bracket if you don't want to.


                              You can add splashguards on either side of the honda -- you can go fancy, and glass them in, or simple, and use starboard and aluminum c channel.


                              please read first post before responding

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