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  • 1978 Mako 21 rear fish box elimination/dive door??

    So has anyone ever tried to cut a dive door through the transom of there Mako 21? I enclosed/rebuilt my transom and back 3 foot of my stringers with Arjay 6011, so it's super strong. I also used a 30" Armstrong bracket for motor mounting. I left my rear fish boxes, which are now in the way and a pain in the a**. So I was thinking about eliminating my fish boxes and making a dive door through the transom. What's the experts thoughts?
    1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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    Any Pictures? I am in the process of removing the side aft boxes. It would take a lot of finish work to get the door in. It did cross my mind after a suggestion. I am currently reinforcing the gunnel walls. I have 3 layers of 1708 so far. I am going to do some core mat then 1708 and two layers of CSM. Should be solid for offshore use.
    [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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    • #3
      I can post pictures once I start cutting. The fish boxes are easy to eliminate. I'm just going to build new panel out of Bluewater 26 and foam behind it. The dive door is a little more tricky.[]

      I was thinking about just cutting a door through the arjay in my transom. I poured my transom 1.75" thick and back 3 foot of the stringers all in one pour. Once I start cutting the transom I'm kinda committed though. LOL
      1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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      • #4
        I am leaving the gunnel open to have better footing up against the sides.
        [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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          Did one in a 92, 261
          Miss Grace[br]Mako 261 of a kind[br]Anydayonaboat.com[br]Cracker Boatworks[br]

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          • #6
            Yeah that's pretty much what I want out the transom and straight onto the Armstrong bracket. Do you have any more pictures of the door from the inside and the hinge setup?
            1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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            • #7
              I was thinking about this the other day myself and hope someone can answer it. In my mind the upper part of the transom isnt structural (or so i think), the transom door is essentially just renotching the transom and putting a door their is like putting in a splash guard, Right?
              John[br]1989 Mako 210 (Sold and Missed)[br]

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              • #8
                That's a great point DirtyOar. My transom was notched originally, so what would it matter structerly if I cut a door through it. My transom is probably 10 times as strong now, compared to being notched and 2 layers of plywood.
                1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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