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    In my search for a bigger boat I have stumbled upon a mako 221b with a Johnson 225 with a blown powerhead for what seems like a good deal. hes only asking 5500 for it, it has a newer gps/fishfinder, furno dgps 37, and a new horizon vhf. Id probably be able to snag a used hpdi or something similar to hang on the back but want to know thoughts on if this hull would be able to consistently be able to go 15-20 miles offshore in 2-4's? Or should I continue to wait and find a 241/254 that is in my budget of 15k

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    John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

  • #2
    It looks good. How does it check out, gas tank, soft spots ,transom? How much for a new power-head/ new/used engine?

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    • #3
      Tank transom floor all original as far as I know. Personally I would sell/dump the engine and have a friend with a 2004 250 hpdi that I could get for 6k with rigging

      I'm more so looking for thoughts on 221b's as a nearshore (within 40 miles of shore) boat for new jersey and ocean city maryland
      John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

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      • #4
        Like most areas you need to pick your day. I'd say 2 to 4's should be ok? depending on the sets and chop. I take my 21 40 miles in the Gulf, depending on the day. Checking the weather while your out is a must,imo.

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        • #5
          So if seas were 2-3 ft would you be comfortable going 15-20 miles? With 19degree deadrise an 2800 pounds i feel like you would but am asking others who may know better
          John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

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          • #6
            Hello,

            Tough decision. It depends on what you really want. I believe the 221B is like my 232, 8 foot beam and holds 150 gallons. I have no problem 2-4 ft days, but I only hit reefs and near shore. You may want to hold off for more roomy ride knowing your desire to hit 40 miles plus regularly.

            Good luck!
            Thanks, Mr. Happy
            Home waters - LBI NJ
            1997 Mako 232

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            • #7
              i don't think you are going to see much difference between the 221 and the 21 you used to have. I had a 21 and I would not want to run that to the cigar from leh in 2-4 foot seas. the only boat I have had that I would have done that in was a 26 Shamrock hardtop with a comfortable helm seat and windshield. my last ocean boat was a 23 Grady and I did not run that offshore unless it was a nice day. my 21 did not like to go slow and beat me up. moved up to the 23 Grady. I don't know how old you are, but at 50 I avoid getting ass kicked by the ocean if I can.
              Chris Miller[br]Mystic Islands, NJ[br]1974 17 Classic[br]1988 211 Classic (sold)[br]1990 Grady White 230 Gulfstream (sold)[br][img][br]

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              • #8
                Great boat, but its definately an inshore boat. The 241 if you could ever find one is another story. Ive never run my 231 more than 10 miles offshore. Weather can change too quickly
                Brian Duff[br]1988 Mako 211-Sold [br]1991 Mako 231 special edition[br]2001 Yamaha 250 ox66[br]Toms River, NJ[br][br]

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                • #9
                  This depends on people's definitions of 2-4'.

                  Real 4'? No way, unless they're ground swells. Tight 2' can also be ugly.

                  But most people greatly exaggerate wave height...not saying you do, but many do.
                  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
                    like others have said, 2-4 feet can have a broad definition. If they are seconds apart, cresting or even worse sloppy coming from a couple directions you wouldn't be comfortable or have a good time in a 221B or a 282 for that matter. In a lot of areas I've worked, fished, you could do well in that boat,or a 241/254 but come 1-2pm when the south westerlies kick up all bets are off and you better head for the barn or better yet before that happens. That's a reasonable price for that boat, I'd give it a hard look

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                    • #11
                      I used to take the 210 12 miles off frequently and while some may have considered it dumb I never once felt like I was putting myself in harms way I knew the seas and came back when it started to kick up. It seems like the general consensus is what I was thinking in that I may just pass and wait for the unicorn of a 241 to come back up.

                      When I say 2-4's I mean more of tighter 2-3 with the occasional 4 mixed in. I'm looking for a boat that will let me hit the mud hole more often and thought with this being 24'10" overall it would be a nice step up from where I was. I understand that it wouldn't be comfortable but would it be safe is my question. If the 241/254 is that much safer id rather just wait the extra year to find the right one
                      John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

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                      • #12
                        If I were in your shoes, Id wait for the 24 or 25 to show up. I remember when you were selling your 210, because I too have one and have had it a long time. Great boat and if looking for what youre doing Id get something with twins or newer power single. Side note I went to check this boat out and though Im really partial to makos, it was really nice. Are you looking to go only center console or are you open to walk around?

                        This pursuit was really nice but $$

                        http://www.boattrader.com/listing/19...2350-101945787

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                        • #13
                          loved my 241..

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                          • #14
                            Really looking for a cc only, benefit of waiting though is the budget only goes up right
                            John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

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                            • #15
                              Seems to be a deal, but there isnt a snowballs chance in hell Id put a 250 or 300 hpdi on there... 6k can get way better motor
                              Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the American Indian. -Henry Ford[br]1988 Mako 261 \"Stroken\" Project Thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26203[br]1992 Mako221B project thread: http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48747[br]1992 Mako 261B \"Reel Impressive\" project thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56286[br]

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