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    Hi,

    I am considering adding a bracket to my Mako 201

    More for the fun of upgrading rather than for an absolute necessity!!![]

    I consider leaving the transom open to have a nice swim / dive platform well accessible.

    I use the boat in a close lake, so back waves is not an issue for me.

    I have a few questions for you guys experts:

    - What max setback should I consider given the boat length and the fact I would keep the transom opened?

    - Any opinions on AJ brackets vs. Armstrong?

    - Anybody did it on a mako 201 so I could compare measurements?

    Thanks a lot,

  • #2
    It was always said no boat under 22 should have a bracket, but Troys 21 proved that wrong. Dont know if any 201s
    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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    • #3
      I've seen it done on one 20 and performance was an issue. I personally wouldn't do it.
      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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      • #4
        I have a 1978 21 with and enclosed transom and 30" Armstrong bracket. I moved my gas tank 3 feet forward and moved the dual batteries up front as well. It needed tabs while running fast on smooth water days before making the weight changes. I love how it rides now and wouldn't change anything.
        1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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        • #5
          Thanks,

          Do you have any pics that show your install?

          I am considering a 24 inches set back with a 72 inches swim platform.

          I am curious to hear about potential performance problems

          I already have my batteries in the console, and a t-top.

          The engine is a 2 stroke yammy 200, so pretty light compare to a 4 stroke

          I have also Bennetts installed

          Are the potential problems linked to now purposing? Or control while turning?

          Thanks a lot,

          Nic

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          • #6
            No problems turning, just porposing at high speed. I enclosed my transom and added the bracket. I ran it that way for 2 years, then replaced my fuel tank and moved it forward. I run a Johnson Ocean Pro 250 outboard that I rebuilt instead of adding additional weight 30" back off my transom with a 4 stroke outboard. I would make the bracket as short as possible. I'll post up flicker link to pictures.
            1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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            • #7
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

              Here is a link to my flicker photos.
              1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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              • #8
                Our boats could be twins Timbanger. Definitely improved the ride and gas consumption. Those 70's Makos were built like tanks[]

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                • #9
                  Thanks a lot Timbaner for the pics!

                  Nice work!

                  I think I am going to go with high floatation and a 24 inches setback.

                  I will post pictures of the project

                  Thanks,

                  Nic

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                  • #10
                    I went with an 18" setback with extra large floatation tub. The one thing I should have done is to have A&J Marine build in at least negative 7 degrees on the engine mount plate so I wouldn't have had to add wedges. I also moved my tank forward.
                    1977 21\' Mako[br]

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                    • #11
                      Keep in mind that a 20 is drastically different hull then a 21. What year is your 20?
                      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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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Bilfot


                        Hi,

                        I am considering adding a bracket to my Mako 201


                        More for the fun of upgrading rather than for an absolute necessity!!![]

                        I consider leaving the transom open to have a nice swim / dive platform well accessible.

                        I use the boat in a close lake, so back waves is not an issue for me.

                        I have a few questions for you guys experts:

                        - What max setback should I consider given the boat length and the fact I would keep the transom opened?

                        - Any opinions on AJ brackets vs. Armstrong?

                        - Anybody did it on a mako 201 so I could compare measurements?

                        Thanks a lot,


                        I don't have any answers to your 3 questions, but I will say most likely the bracket won't work right out of the box on the smaller Makos. You moving 450# of motor back 2.5 feet on a 2000# hull, totally changing the center of gravity. That's why you see guys moving fuel cells forward, installing foils, tabs, wedges, and saying extra prayers on Sunday. All of which probably counteract the efficiency a bracket is supposed to offer.

                        I wouldn't even consider putting a bracket on my 25 at this point and run the risk of changing its ride quality. Not that I can't think outside the box of what came from the factory. I just haven't seen many success stories..

                        Just my $.02
                        [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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                        • #13
                          Hi Sailor,

                          My Mako 201 is from 1991. I believe the length is 20'3".

                          It has a 19 degrees deadrise.

                          mrdelgado, thanks a lot for the advice, I have the tabs already, but am actually not so keen on getting now into the gas tank relocation thing !! I would also keep my Sunday prayers for catching more fish!!! :-)

                          Nic

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                          • #14
                            Yeah big difference between your 20 and my 21. Biggest problem is people bolt on a 30" bracket, relocate the motor 30" further back on the boat and think it's going to ride the same as the motor mounted on the transom. Not going to happen and this is why you hear negative feedback about brackets. If done properly they ride great. Mine rides great and I have way more room. But I have made changes(moved weight around) to account for the motor mounted 30" off my transom.
                            1978 Mako 21[br]Schneider [br]Butler, PA

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