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  • New to me Mako 260

    Hello all,

    I recently picked up a 1989 260 Walkaround. I have been reading here for a long time, but didnt join because I had a Seacraft...

    Anyway, I love the boat and cant wait to finish the project. I am working on a repower currently. My question is, has anyone run this hull with twin 200 four Stroke Suzukis? Any performance info?

    I am a little concerned adding the extra weight. I am going from 1989 Yamaha 2 strokes. Also a little concerned about hole shot. The yamahas pushed it around 40-45MPH and jumped up on a plane... But I want to get rid of the oil and hopefully gain a bunch in fuel economy.

    https://www.popyachts.com/walkaround...florida-133316

    Thanks in advance for any info.
    Thanks!!!

  • #2
    Welcome to CM. I cant see the pics on the link without registering.

    I cant think of a 260 with twin Suzuki 200s on it. As you mentioned, too much weight on these older hulls is a big deal, these high horsepower heavy 4 strokes were not around when your boat was built.

    Have you looked at the new Mercs? You can have 225HP at 475#, nobody else comes close to that.

    In any case, my boat is very similar to yours, it might be a good thing for you to look through my project thread.
    David, New Kent, Va[br]



    [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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    • #3
      I have a 260 running the original 200HP Yamahas. I'd be interested in the motors if you decide to upgrade. Figured I'd rebuild a set and have them ready for when the originals finally get retired.
      Rick Loszewski[br]Derry, NH

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      • #4
        260 is a nice hull. One of my favorite. Congrats and welcome. I agree with TC. With merc cutting fat new twins mercs would be ideal. If you want twin Suzukis add the extra weight up and demonstrate while at rest. See where it sits.

        Since you just got it run it for awhile and see how things sit with you. You may change your mind 50 times. Eventually you will make it where you want her to be
        1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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        • #5
          Not sure why it wants you to register, I will try to get some pics up later when I have some time.

          The weight on the Suzuki i4 is around 520lbs per motor. I can move the batteries forward and offset a little of it but it will add some weight. I know with me and another guy in the back of the boat it still sits well. I figure it will sit OK, but may not when I put the same 2 guys in the stern with the motors. I like the suzuki warranty and price is pretty good.

          Rickski,

          I am going to move forward with a repower so I can part with the motors.
          Thanks!!!

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          • #6
            I detailed how to move batteries forward in my thread. A 4 cylinder 200 HP on a heavy boat? I'll let the Suzuki guys comment.
            David, New Kent, Va[br]



            [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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            • #7
              Wireless: I sent you a email.
              Rick Loszewski[br]Derry, NH

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Rickski


                Wireless: I sent you a email.



                I never got the email.
                Thanks!!!

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Wireless


                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Rickski


                  Wireless: I sent you a email.



                  I never got the email.



                  Send me a message. My email is [email protected]
                  Rick Loszewski[br]Derry, NH

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                  • #10
                    Crazy thought! What about a Suzuki 350 single?
                    1998 253 W/A Suzuki 300

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                    • #11
                      Rickski, I shot you over an email

                      Triple crown,

                      That could be an option however I run 100+ miles offshore frequently so the piece of mind helps.

                      I think I am going to give the 200s a shot. Hopefully the weight issues are managable. I know with 2 guys and a fishbox with 100# of ice in the stern it sits OK. With it not running I wont be putting it back in the water so I will cross my fingers. Based on the numbers on some other boats that are actually heavier I dont forsee any performance issues. Just the weight that concerns me.

                      I will let you guys know how it all works out.....
                      Thanks!!!

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Triplecrownnc


                        I detailed how to move batteries forward in my thread. A 4 cylinder 200 HP on a heavy boat? I'll let the Suzuki guys comment.



                        Your thread is very informative.... It is really giving me a look into the future because I know I will have to take care of many of the same things. 1 step at a time though. Thanks for documenting the process so well.
                        Thanks!!!

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                        • #13
                          I went ahead and repowered with the Suzukis, As suspected the weight will need to be taken care of but it is not terrible. Just put the scuppers a bit closer to the waterline than I like. Shifting the fishbox forward a bit helped it.

                          I havent been able to get good numbers yet on the performance. It looks like I have to tweak the props a bit. But sea conditions and break in didnt allow me to get WOT RPMs. More to come on that when I get an opportunity to take care of it.

                          For now, my hole shot is good. I run at around 30MPH at 4000 RPM.
                          Thanks!!!

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                          • #14
                            Congratulations! Definitely post performance #'s when you get it dialed in. Did you move batteries up front? Certainly wouldn't hurt but with the cabin forward I would think it would balance out nicely, crush waves and put out some great numbers.
                            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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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by Sailor


                              Congratulations! Definitely post performance #'s when you get it dialed in. Did you move batteries up front? Certainly wouldn't hurt but with the cabin forward I would think it would balance out nicely, crush waves and put out some great numbers.



                              I havent moved batteries yet. I may try to get them under the rocket launcher if needed. I have to fix my trim tabs also, previous owner managed to break both actuators... Got the replacements in, just need some time to correct. My current top RPM is around 5300 with 4 guys, 150 gallons fuel, 50# ice, and 75# of fish.

                              I am thinking I need to drop 1 degree or so of pitch to get it closer.
                              Thanks!!!

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