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    When I cut my 80g tank up to bring to the recycler I can't remember if it had baffles in it.

    Has anyone cut theirs open or peeked inside to see what the OE tanks had for baffling?

    I'm just wondering how important they are. The only issues I've read about are with the big 26'+ Makos with wide tanks. They didn't have baffles and the boats had a tendancy to rock at rest
    [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

  • #2
    Baffles are VERY important. The larger the tank the more effect it has on the boat but even with out somewhat narrow and long tanks it can have an impact. I am very suspect that the tank I have now does not have baffles and will know in the next few weeks when I get it de-rigged.

    I use to fish on a 241 without baffles and it would literally go from one chine to another and dang near broach in a following sea. Very unsettling.
    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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    • #3
      The original tank from my 224 absolutely had baffles. I believe it was 2 in a 122 gallon tank. It was a wall divider that had a gap at center bottom, and also had holes in it. I am not sure if I got pics, but I will go back and look.
      \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
      \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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      • #4
        It's interesting, you see big poly tanks hitting the market at a fraction of the cost of an aluminum. I don't believe those have baffles.

        And what's nice, who cares if you buy one second hand, it's plastic.. so you can get it even cheaper

        There's one on our local CL now, 90 gal for $250. I'm not diving into this project, but I thought to myself, that beats $2k shipped to my door from sunshine. Just sacrifice a few gallons since it isn't a custom fit.

        Since our old Makos were somewhat pioneers, you wonder when they started baffling tanks to improve performance
        [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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        • #5
          It's interesting, you see big poly tanks hitting the market at a fraction of the cost of an aluminum. I don't believe those have baffles.

          And what's nice, who cares if you buy one second hand, it's plastic.. so you can get it even cheaper

          There's one on our local CL now, 90 gal for $250. I'm not diving into this project, but I thought to myself, that beats $2k shipped to my door from sunshine. Just sacrifice a few gallons since it isn't a custom fit.

          Since our old Makos were somewhat pioneers, you wonder when they started baffling tanks to improve performance
          [br]Michael R. Delgado[br]1972 Mako 22[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15745[br]1976 Mako 25[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18013&SearchTerms=mako,25[br]

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          • #6
            I just talked to Trish at SpeedyTanks (really awesome customer service) and in my replacement tank for my Mako23 there will be 4 baffles port-starboard. Can't exceed 30" without a baffle
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            Originally posted by mrdelgado


            When I cut my 80g tank up to bring to the recycler I can't remember if it had baffles in it.


            Has anyone cut theirs open or peeked inside to see what the OE tanks had for baffling?

            I'm just wondering how important they are. The only issues I've read about are with the big 26'+ Makos with wide tanks. They didn't have baffles and the boats had a tendancy to rock at rest


            - Bob

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            • #7
              My 87 231 tank had 4 or 5 baffles(160 gallon)
              1989 Mako 261[br]SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1[br]

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              • #8
                Sunshine had my original tank drawings and they had baffles. I think they have always had baffles in them from the beginning.

                I have seen the plastic tanks with baffles.
                \'07 Mako 19 bay, sold[br]\'76 Mako 21, sold[br]\'77 Mako 21, dump[br]\'77 Mako 22, sold[br]\'80 Mako 23 WA, sold[br]\'82 Mako 21, sold[br]\'85 Mako 254 currently[br]\'78 J24 USA 292 (sold)[br]\'05 Melges 32 racing sailboat

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                • #9
                  baffles is not new to tanks. Think about all that sloshing in a semi tank gas or milk trailer.

                  Do you want a plastic tank? Mines 85 gallons and you can have it when I pull it out. I'm tired of the constant trim tab adjustments, plus I want more range to go farther offshore.
                  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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