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  • 1981 20', anyone remove the splashwell?

    Like the title says, I'm completely replacing the whole deck. The splashwell feels like it takes up a ton of room, and my transom has been raised to 25" already. Has anyone taken that monstrous splashwell out, and just have open deck with an access hatch?
    1981 Mako 20[br]Georgetown, SC

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    Guessing you have the same folding splash door as my 82. I'm in the process of raising my transom to 25 and have split thoughts on this. When I bought it, the location where the hinges were screwed in made it so it could only fold forward, which doesn't help much for space or rigging. However, it seems like with some slight modification I can make it so it also folds back and flush with the deck. I'll go that route first and see if I like it folded down more for space or prefer the "semi closed" feel with the door.

    With your 25" transom, have you not had issues with water coming in? What about sealing the large in floor cooler? I keep getting water running in there, which is melting ice. If I leave the drains open it ends up in bilge, but if the drain is plugged it adds a ton of weight to the back. I'm trying to figure out how to stop this and was thinking of some way to use the splash door to "seal" the splash well from the rest of the deck. If you don't have this happen, what did you do to seal up the cooler?
    [br]\'82 Mako 20B http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=59077

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    • #3
      I haven't had it on the water with the 25" transom, but I'm hoping it solves any water intrusion issues. I'm also replacing the whole deck right now, raising it up about an inch by using the original deck as the tabbing for the new 3/4" thick deck, which should make it more self bailing. I'm also not putting the hatches back in the deck. They're small for anything I'd do with them, and one more reason to get water intrusion. http://www.classicmako.com/history/Mako20/hist_20_2.jpg

      you can kind of tell what the current splash well situation is with that picture, but it's not a swinging door or anything. It's actually a terrible design, IMO, with a big door into the bilge inside the splash well that's not sealed at all, allowing the bilge to fill up if you take one over the transom.
      1981 Mako 20[br]Georgetown, SC

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      • #4
        Hmm, I see. Based on that thread and the year I thought you had the next layout, 20B, which I have and the thread had listed as starting in 1980. I know it seems like the history of the models is spotty

        http://www.classicmako.com/history/M...hist_20b_3.jpg
        [br]\'82 Mako 20B http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=59077

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