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    I am looking into purchasing my first boat.I am looking at 17-19 ft cape horn and the same size mako.what are the good mako years to get?I know this is a mako website but I need a honest opinion what is the better boat.I am looking to go offshore about 10 miles are so in the the gulf with a 17- 20 ft boat and which one do y'all think would be best.I love the inside of a classic mako with the wood.Looking to spend 5,000- 8,000.are mako's unsinkable like a cape horn?

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    First off welcome!! As for your first questions What are the "Classic" years? Anything built up to 1995 or so. You say you want to go into the gulf in a 17 so first off you will need to pick your days carefully. As for what one is a better boat? You will have to decide that and what you want. Both boats are VERY well made and tough as nails. Here are my thoughts on Cape Horns. With the money you show that you want to spend on one you will be buying the older style Cape Horn hull and those are some WET WET boats! Strong boats but you will be wearing a snorkel with any kind of chop. I have a buddy with a older 21 CH and it rides good and feels solid below us but you WILL be soaked. The CH's of that era had very little bow flare so all the water flows right up the bow into the air and back in your face. Just make sure you wear swim trunks. Now my dad has a 78' Mako 19b it has less dead-rise in the stern and a 20in transom but has WAY more bow flare. It rides good for its size and is a nice dry ride. The 19b's need trim tabs and run much better in a head sea with them as you can make the bow cut the waves. As for the unsinkable part. All Makos are full of flotation foam. If it were me i would set me a 5-8K budget and get a classic Mako cheap and upgrade anything needing repair and hit the water. Let us know what you decide.

    Dads 78' Mako 19b Bow flare



    Cape Horn


    80\' 236 IB[br]Douglasville, Ga/Destin, FL[br]\"Yes I am a pirate 200yrs too late\"[br]North,East & West are directions SOUTH is a place![br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29651[br]

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      I had a M20 and we run an older Cape Horn 21 at work, and 'deed they are wet but ride well in seas. They other thing to consider is stability when stopped. The sharper V of the cape horn carries into the stern as stated, making it move more when weight shifts from one side to the other. I'd buy another M20 over a 21 cape horn. I haven't had my M171 on the water yet.... Caveats about older boats needing fuel tanks, transoms, etc abound in these pages.
      Richard Snyder[br]Wachapreague, VA[br][br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43622[br]http://www.vims.edu/esl/

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        with that price range would i be able to find a classic mako without alot issues ready to be taken in the water.living in baton rouge i will probably have to go florida to pick one up.with a 20ft mako with the deep v could you do inshore lake fishing and in the bayou?i always had flat bottom boats and wanting to get this to take the family to ship island of the ms coast and do some bluewater fishing also.

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          Originally posted by Treyladut


          with that price range would i be able to find a classic mako without alot issues ready to be taken in the water.



          Sure boats are cheap right now

          21-b 7500.00 http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43280
          20 for $1250.oo gonna need work http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=43309

          20 3000.oo http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=41891

          just look around they are out there
          80\' 236 IB[br]Douglasville, Ga/Destin, FL[br]\"Yes I am a pirate 200yrs too late\"[br]North,East & West are directions SOUTH is a place![br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29651[br]

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