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  • #61
    I have been steadily doing little things to the boat, and haven't posted to this thread in way too long.

    For Christmas I got a new Gemlux wheel and a couple rod holders. There was a hole for old anchor light at transom, so that was perfect spot for rod holders.



    I also had holes on both sides at the battery boxes for oil tank fills, perfect place for a couple SS cup holders. They are convenient with kids cruising in bean bags, or bottom fishing.


    DtMackey posted on FB about LED bulbs that work in original courtesy lights. They aren't as bright as the conversions I did on the 224, but at $4 a bulb I cannot complain.



    I have now raised the motor as high as it will go, ran once without issue, and have attacked more bottom paint; still too much to go.


    I have probably forgotten a few things, and have more to come. With the Gem wheel, midship pull-up cleats, and aft rod holders, the original 4 look really bad, so I suspect they'll be on the quick hit list.
    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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    • #62
      you are right About the Cup holders and rod holder upgraded and added a bunch to my 254 Can never have enough i really like the ones i put in the console holds my 40 oz yeti, or regular cans/bottles easily too

      1983 Mako 254/1999 Sport Nautique GT-40/1997 Sea Doo GSi/ 1984 Surf Jet

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      • #63
        When we purchase older projects boats, it typically means we also have older project trailers. I have been steadily working on my trailer and now think/hope I have a solid and safe carriage for my Mako. I do plan to convert to torsion axles, as I did with 224, but current axles and springs have plenty of usable life. I'll convert when it's time to replace current set-up. I have replaced all bunk brackets, a cross member, added another cross member and keel bunk kit, replaced the tongue, replaced the winch stand, replaced the coupler, replaced jack stand, rewired, and added LED lights. Trailer does have a new hub kit (seal busted 2 weeks ago) and I have a spare in truck tool box.





        I did get lucky not having any issues. I got the new winch stand (multiple welds busted) and when I went to replace I noticed more rust than comfortable with. I decided to replace the tongue as well, and was shocked at what I found. I paid extra and got the "thick wall" tubing, but that also meant burning through 2 $25 cobalt drill bits.

        This is bottom of old tongue where beams com together and tongue isn't visible...
        Last edited by ChuckB; 05-05-2020, 04:12 PM.
        \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
        \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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        • ob1jeeper
          ob1jeeper commented
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          It's looking GOOD Chuck Been a while since I visited CM.

          Burning up 2 $25 drill bits hurts for sure. May I offer a few tips to help with drilling in metal without damaging the bits as quickly? I susp[ect that Drill speed is too fast if you are damaging bits that quickly. Spinning them fast causes them to heat up, and dull quickly. Here's a link to some tips for your consideration. They can cover it more succienctly than I... Hope this helps... Steve

          https://www.wikihow.com/Drill-Steel
          Last edited by ob1jeeper; 06-27-2020, 10:38 PM.

      • #64
        No project updates, just a couple pics from our week in Perdido Key, FL.


        \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
        \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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        • #65
          This past weekend I took my oldest out for another father/son snapper trip before the state shuts us down (this was last weekend). I knew snapper fishing was coming to an end, but never would have anticipated our fishing/boating being done for the season. I took Connor further than he’s ever been (40+) and he caught his biggest snapper to date. In fact, I think every snapper he caught, including the ones we had to let go, were bigger than previous biggest. The boat performed great. It was ROUGH going out, but we took it easy (22-27 mph) and the Mako handled it. Coming in we cruised at 36 (a little high/fast) burning 2.15 mil/gal and ended up burning 38 gallons on the day.






          It wasn’t until we pulled the boat out and I went to put on rear trailer straps on that I realized my great day had just come to an end…


          I do not believe the original core was replaced at conversion and discovered that the close-in has a hollow cavity; the cracks are inline with original transom cutout. As previously stated, it was rough going out, we did pound some, but I did not think we had done anything to cause this. I did not have any signs of issue; flexing, cracks (inside or out), etc.… When it is rough and you take a pounding, it is possible not see and hit a deadhead, but neither of us recall feeling we hit anything and there are no signs on hull, bracket or motor of an impact. Seems hard to believe I would go from no signs to this in an instant, especially with it being used as much as we have this year.

          Transoms...I've done that, I've got the t-shirt. I am very proud of what I did to my 224, however I do not have the time or the desire to do again. I am hoping I can afford to have this done and not be down too long, but I am certainly and unfortunately down for the count.

          The budget is key here, but 2 things I wish were addressed when conversion was initially done, close tab pockets and level splash well area deck, are on the wish list.

          I am glad we got to enjoy on vacation, put some fish on board, and log some good family time/hours before this happened. We have really enjoyed this boat, and look forward to logging many more hours for many more years.
          Last edited by ChuckB; 07-01-2020, 02:03 PM.
          \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
          \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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          • #66
            Man sorry to see this Chuck. At least you know you can build it right and ensure that it is done correctly AND now you can have a nice cap with a transom livewell built in!!!! Remember the glass is not half full OR half empty, it's sandable and can be re-glassed to be whatever you want!
            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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            • #67
              Sorry to see this Chuck. Did the previous owner document in any way the bracket addition?
              David, New Kent, Va[br]



              [br]Project Thread: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=21067[br]

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              • #68
                Originally posted by Triplecrownnc View Post
                Sorry to see this Chuck. Did the previous owner document in any way the bracket addition?
                It is part of it, especially when buying an old boat that you know has had multiple owners; I just hate the timing. We have been using alot, just had best snapper trip on this boat, and now have gear ready for some offshore trolling. Being down in July bothers me more than having a broken boat. Previous owner did not know much about conversion, he had purchased after done, and price was fair so I have no ill will. Before I purchased I had found the original conversion and t-top job posted on CM, I believe I have it print out somewhere, however it was more of a before and after post since work was done in a shop. I thought it said new transom, but at this point it doesn't really matter; I'm down and need a transom.

                \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                • #69
                  You should find a cheap "floating" engine stand for that Zuke while you repair the 241. Then the season would not be a total loss, and you could sell the stand after or rebuild, cause we all need another project! LOL
                  '90 Tuppens 231 Polk City, FL

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                  • #70
                    Well thanks to hurricane Sally it looks like I might be doing another transom :-( . I have been in talks with 2 local shops, one got hit hard (going to be down for awhile), and the other is about to get overwhelmed high paying insurance work. Way too many dumbazzes left boats in the water for this storm. A local member lent me a nice motor stand. I replaced the mount board and while trying to figure out moving and storing the motor on the stand, a new local Suzuki dealer offered to help remove and store there. Per conversations Sunday, we were going to get together this week, and then I was going to take to the 2 shops and make a decision. We are still dealing with widespread power outages, but I am going to reach back out to dealer tomorrow and see if we can pull motor. There is a slight chance I can get ahead of these insurance jobs, but I am not to hopeful...it is 2020.




                    I was really looking forward to a professional fit and finish and a couple other modifications I am not up to.
                    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                    • #71
                      At least you have one hell of a hull to restore. I'm still in love with mine and it hasn't even made it out of the backyard yet. Maybe its those curves......Bill
                      WILLIAM WEBER

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                      • #72
                        Hey Chuck, what makes you think the whole transom needs to be replaced? It's going to flex with 550# hanging two feet off the back. If you went through some seas, the hull will twist too. From the pics, it just looks like a poor job of tying in the big splash guard, filler piece, into the cored transom. That crack just shows minimal grinding of the seam to tie the two together. Personally, I'd drill some core samples before breaking out the saws.
                        [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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                        • #73
                          Michael I never even thought about that. With the fill in cavity being hallow it is possible, however the 2 large rigging holes drilled through the transom in the bilge were never sealed; that wood has been exposed since conversion 11-12 years ago. The conversion was not done right, and it’s hard to believe there is no core in fill in. I was able to get inline with local shop with great reputation (before hurricane boats) and expect things to get started late October. Full coosa core, modifications to splashwell area to make it look less like an after market conversion, and fill in the trim tab pockets. Paying is gonna HURT, but I’m confident it will be right, done faster than if I did, and will certainly look better. My only concern is getting started and then parked for high dollar insurance jobs. The amount of damaged boats in the area is mind blowing.
                          \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                          \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                          • #74
                            Well, if you're modifying the splash well too, you may as well do a full cored transom. The peace of mind is priceless. Good luck!
                            [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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                            • #75
                              lots of worries here chuck. hope it all works out for you.
                              1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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