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  • 1984 Mako 21b Working Restoration

    Hi All,

    I just picked up my first Mako project boat.

    My plan is to keep a build log here:

    I bought the boat on July 8th 2018

    It is a 1984 21b. With a 2000 Mercury 115 4 cylinder (2+2).

    My goal is to get it in the water to enjoy ASAP (like this weekend) and do the restoration over winters.

    Be terrified of these before photos:
















    Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

  • #2
    The first Scrub of what I assume is going to be many.







    The whole family was fighting over who gets to power wash it.



    Clean enough to get it running now.






    Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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    • #3
      What a difference, its like a whole new boat. I was going to work on mine over a few winters as well. Mine is currently in pieces and unusable this summer, maybe next Summer.[|)]
      Brian, Cary, NC
      1978 Mako 21

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      • #4
        Looking good! Elbow grease and clorox work wonders.

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        • #5
          quote:


          Originally posted by MakoFishTale


          I was going to work on mine over a few winters as well. Mine is currently in pieces and unusable this summer, maybe next Summer.[|)]



          I am constantly telling my self "NO, That can wait till winter"
          Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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          • #6
            Damn, yours looked even worse than my 76 when I started. Cleaned up nice though!


            Texas[br]\'76 Mako 23- A work in progress[br]

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            • #7
              Woo hooo

              First splash and test run.

              Need new bilge pump

              Need to fix how water is getting in thru live well

              Need to rebuild the bottom 2 carbs.

              Also need cup holders. Not one cup holder.




              Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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              • #8
                Im impressed. Good on you!

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                • #9
                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Dogman18


                  Im impressed. Good on you!



                  Thanks. Still have a long way to go.
                  Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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                  • #10
                    sorry No Pics, but I got the Carbs rebuilt.

                    I think I found the issue with the livewell, but I need to splash it to be sure.

                    I got a new bilge pump but it didn't fit my existing plumbing. In fiddling around I got the old one to work. I still need to replace it, but I will have to wait on the part.

                    I really tried to get in the water this weekend, even made it to the boat ramp, but when i got there everyone was coming out. I thought a had a couple of hours before the storm, but I didn't. ohh well. it will have to wait 2 more weeks.

                    New LED lights for the trailer arrived, new tires should be here this week too.
                    Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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                    • #11
                      A new day on the water a new issue.

                      Friday we managed to avoid the storms thanks to my new favorite weather app Dark Sky. You can see the storms in the background while we are in the sun. My Daughter was not happy about her life jacket.



                      On Sunday was the fun day. The weather was perfect we were going to take the Boat to SandyHook for some swimming. I took the boat out early to get fuel and some testing. While waiting for the fuel dock I noticed Hydraulic fluid leaking out of the Steering tube fitting.

                      There is a small Pin hole leak right where the fitting goes in the tube.

                      I quickly lost all steering in one direction and needed a tow back to the ramp. Boat day cancelled



                      The Fix will be either a $4.00 fitting or a $400.00 new cylinder. anyway I just order $40.00 worth of new hydraulic fluid. Ill tear into it this week.

                      The leak with the live well has to do with the valve/hose. I shut the valve and no more leak. I dont need the live well this year.(Winter project)

                      New Bilge pump installed

                      Installed the Compass the PO gave me.

                      Got the trim tabs partially working. Well only one side works. I will swap lines soon and see if it is a Solenoid or actuator that is bad.

                      Also replaced trailer tail lights with new LED ones.

                      the motor has started stalling when at idle so there is that to work on too.
                      Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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                      • #12
                        A new day on the water a new issue.

                        Friday we managed to avoid the storms thanks to my new favorite weather app Dark Sky. You can see the storms in the background while we are in the sun. My Daughter was not happy about her life jacket.



                        On Sunday was the fun day. The weather was perfect we were going to take the Boat to SandyHook for some swimming. I took the boat out early to get fuel and some testing. While waiting for the fuel dock I noticed Hydraulic fluid leaking out of the Steering tube fitting.

                        There is a small Pin hole leak right where the fitting goes in the tube.

                        I quickly lost all steering in one direction and needed a tow back to the ramp. Boat day cancelled



                        The Fix will be either a $4.00 fitting or a $400.00 new cylinder. anyway I just order $40.00 worth of new hydraulic fluid. Ill tear into it this week.

                        The leak with the live well has to do with the valve/hose. I shut the valve and no more leak. I dont need the live well this year.(Winter project)

                        New Bilge pump installed

                        Installed the Compass the PO gave me.

                        Got the trim tabs partially working. Well only one side works. I will swap lines soon and see if it is a Solenoid or actuator that is bad.

                        Also replaced trailer tail lights with new LED ones.

                        the motor has started stalling when at idle so there is that to work on too.
                        Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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                        • #13
                          Do you have the flip up splash door or are you taking a ton of water over the transom?
                          seaford ny. 1973 17 mako. 1983 21 mako

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                          • #14
                            Do you have the flip up splash door or are you taking a ton of water over the transom?
                            seaford ny. 1973 17 mako. 1983 21 mako

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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by sharkbait1


                              Do you have the flip up splash door or are you taking a ton of water over the transom?



                              The boat has a flip up splash door, but it is not currently installed. I really don't get any water over the transom yet. Right now we keep it the bay wave are mostly from other boats.

                              Once I am confident she it sea worthy, ill put the door back in
                              Dan[br]Photos in progress https://photos.app.goo.gl/zcxAgjLML6iBuhEj6

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