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  • Advice on Raising Transom & Adding Bracket on 231

    I recently acquired a 1990 Mako 231 in great shape with original power. From recent replacement of thruhulls, the transom seems to be solid and dry. I'm hoping to run it as is until I need to repower, hopefully for several years, but who knows.

    When I get around to repowering it, I had this bright (?) idea of perhaps raising the transom and mounting the motor on a bracket. Wife would prefer a closed transom with a seat in front of it!

    If the original transom is/remains solid as I expect, I would hate to chop it out.

    Since the raised part of the transom would not be supporting an outboard (and all the stress would be lower, where the bracket was attached), I was thinking maybe I could just raise the transom by adding to it and not by replacing the whole thing.

    Would this approach be feasible?
    Bill Murphy

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    I did exact same to my 1987 231 appx 2 years ago. Original transom solid. Added bracket And repowered with a 250 Zuke appx 170hrs no problems to date. Wife loves full transom, If like text me your # to 4074162022 will send pictures.
    John, [br]Sanford Fl[br]1987 231 Mako[br]2019 277 cobia[br]1995 17 Maverick[br]

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by 231


      I did exact same to my 1987 231 appx 2 years ago. Original transom solid. Added bracket And repowered with a 250 Zuke appx 170hrs no problems to date. Wife loves full transom, If like text me your # to 4074162022 will send pictures.



      Ah, so its not such a bad idea. Funny that both wives prefer the full transom -- more secure I guess.

      I'll text you for the pics. Many thanks. Bill
      Bill Murphy

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      • #4
        If I was going to go through all of the glasswork to close the transom Id replace it while I was there. You can use composite and never have to worry again. If youre just going to add a piece of starboard or a door then I would skip the transom rebuild. When I restored my 231 I left the transom open and added a bracket.
        1989 Mako 261[br]SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1[br]

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by 231Mike


          If I was going to go through all of the glasswork to close the transom Id replace it while I was there. You can use composite and never have to worry again. If youre just going to add a piece of starboard or a door then I would skip the transom rebuild. When I restored my 231 I left the transom open and added a bracket.



          Hi Mike,

          Do you have a photo of the open transom with the bracket? Where did you get your bracket? Custom made or off the shelf?

          Thanks!
          Bill Murphy

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by irishmurph


            quote:


            Originally posted by 231Mike


            If I was going to go through all of the glasswork to close the transom Id replace it while I was there. You can use composite and never have to worry again. If youre just going to add a piece of starboard or a door then I would skip the transom rebuild. When I restored my 231 I left the transom open and added a bracket.



            Hi Mike,

            Do you have a photo of the open transom with the bracket? Where did you get your bracket? Custom made or off the shelf?

            Thanks!



            Theres a link to my restoration in my signature, I think page 2 has what youre looking for
            1989 Mako 261[br]SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1[br]

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            • #7
              If existing transom is solid, I would simply add a filler piece and glass it in.
              \"Anything seems possible when you don\'t know what you\'re doing.\"

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              • #8
                Mine was solid. No need to raise. Added bracket. Starboard back and aluminum frame up top with starboard. 4 years later still looks great. Great seat on top, rod holders etc.

                Marc
                [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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