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    Hello my name is Mike and I'm a new member but longtime lurker. I have been checking this site out a lot in recent weeks admiring some of your guys' resto's. A neighbor of mine just informed me that her husband has passed and she now wants to get rid of his 1987 231 Tuppens edition. Assuming none of her family wants it I get first dibs. I currently have a 1996 proline 20 with 150 merc and it is a good little boat but lacks in size and space. I have always liked my neighbors boat and im pretty sure they've caught me drooling a couple times. From what I've found out about it it has been sitting for 10+ years (I've lived next door for 3) the boat has always been covered and anytime the cover rips the husband would replace it. It has a 225 evinrude that I'm guessing is original and I doubt runs. The boat appears to be in good shape but needs TLC and the T-Top needs canvas. The trailer needs new bunks, 4 tires and probably hubs. Assuming it is solid(floor/transom) what would you guys think I should offer? She told me she doesn't know what it is worth and I don't want to insult her.
    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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    Welcome to the forum and good luck with the purchase.

    I recommend having a survey done. It would answer most of your questions and give you an estimated value. It would cost a few dollars but its a good idea before you spend the money if you dont know what to look for. Mainly transoms and gas tanks. Pics, options and condition would help us give you an idea. Tuppens edition is a good thing and if it is the rare 30" transom.....

    Heres the specs:

    http://www.mako-boats.com/past-model...modelyear=1987

    And you can see the average price for the hull here {note I added the boat cover, you can add options by clicking "add options." Look up the motor and trailer seperate):

    http://www.nadaguides.com/Boats/1987...dard-Equipment
    OBX, NC - 1992 Mako M-231 - 99 Yamaha ox66 225 -Sold-[br]

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply. I have been reading up on here about getting boats surveyed and I think that would e a worthwhile invesent beyond what I can check. Do you know between which points they measure to determine the 30" transom? Ie keel to the top o the transom. Thanks again
      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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      • #4
        Yep keel to top of cut out for motor.
        OBX, NC - 1992 Mako M-231 - 99 Yamaha ox66 225 -Sold-[br]

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        • #5
          I got to inspect the boat today and talk to the owners son. It has been sitting since 1996 under a cover but it seems unmaintained. The engine is seized and wouldn't turn over. I tapped on the transom with a rubber mallet and unfortunately found some hollow sounding areas. One smallish one to the left side of/below the dive platform. Another larger area on the starboard side seems to be approx 16-18 inches across... Is fiberglass delamination possible or should I just expect to find paper mache if I drill it? All of the rubber hoses that I touched crumbled. Deck, hatches, Ttop, console, teak all seem to be in good shape. Looks like TLC would go a long way. The other downside is the trailer it looks like it will need axles, springs, hubs and tires just to get rolling. All of the steel parts will need replacing. The aluminum portions are all in great shape. Anybody have a ballpark figure I should offer or begin negotiating with?
          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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          • #6
            I got a ballpark of about $800 not much more or they can pay you for it...LOL. No motor, needs a transom and lots of TLC. Maybe better off getting a new trailer verse rebuilding if it is that bad and all the wiring and hardware will need to be replaced.
            [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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            • #7
              Sounds like quite a project. It depends on how much time and money you are willing to sink into the boat. This is a popular hull though. A restore would be worth it if you have the resources...and if the deal is good enough.
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              • #8
                Well I purchased the boat, price seemed good to me. Need to repair the trailer so I can move it around. Once it's moveable I'll get to work on TLC and repairing the transom. I'll post pictures and start a project thread once work begins. Current boat will be going on CL soon to help pay for a repower. I guess I'm officially a classic mako owner now!


                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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                • #9
                  From your picture the trailer and outside of the boat looks pretty good.It will be worth it in the end especially if you keep it for awhile

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