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    Hi folks,

    I recently acquired a 1973 Mako 20 ID: MRK100090773. I bought it for a project boat, but the more I look the better it looks. I have messed with boats enough to know that is almost never the case. It seems to be in remarkable original condition. Rarely used, stored in garage, apparently never fished. It has no holes in the transom except for motor mount and one transducer. No holes in the console except the vintage flasher sounder. Looks like original upholstery in excellent condition. One family since new. 1977 Johnson 175 motor.

    The only issue I see is that the deck has some give under foot around the console and front fish box. No cracks. The seats pedestals are very solid.

    Question?? What is the deck under the fiberglass and is this something that will require immediate attention. Use will be inland lakes in and occasional inshore coastal fishing.

    Thanks for your help.

    John
    John

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    Sounds like you got a very nice boat. Good luck with it.
    Todd from Michigan[br]1995 Mako 232. No power yet.[br]1995 Mako 191. ETEC G2 175.[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52599[br]A father tells his son, \"Son, jacking off will make you go blind....\"[br]The son replies, \"Dad, I\'m over here\"[br][/URL][br]

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    • #3
      Same hull, and almost same vintage--1974. I've had a few soft spots in my deck (and foredeck) since I acquired my boat 10 years ago. And despite pretty regular and heavy use, the spots have not changed, and I see no new cracks or any other change.

      Leave your boat alone. It's fine, and the last thing it (or you) needs is ripping up a 95% good boat just because of a couple of little soft spots.
      NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies. I am leaning toward leaving it as is. But may re-deck this winter. Is the substrate plywood or balsa core? Or something else. I have a sketch that shows where plywood is located to mount stuff which makes me think the rest of the cockpit sole may be something else.

        I thought I posted this in the Mako discussion forum. Can it be moved there?

        Thanks again
        John

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        • #5
          gmcauliffe,

          I see your 20 has a Suzuki 150. How does it perform?
          John

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by jwmcd


            I see your 20 has a Suzuki 150. How does it perform?



            Great! 42mph my gps top, and only thing that's ever gone wrong on the engine in 8 years of 700+ hours is a tilt solenoid. Used to have a 140, and it was just not quite enough (always lugging or redlining). Only regret is not going for the 175 (same block, thus same weight). Next time!
            NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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            • #7
              Welcome aboard! As has been said, go fishing. No need tip up 90% of the rig to fix 10% unless it's a life safety issue.
              \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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              • #8
                Thanks for the replies. I do intend to leave it as is. Except for the motor. I have been searching for a used Mercury or Suzuki 4 stroke 150 or 175. Instead I just found a 99 Merc 150 EFI that is lightly used and will try it for a while. Much lower price. I will post photos when I get it back from dealer.

                By the way I found a 1974 Mako price list and spec sheet for all models available then. Posted in the in discussion forum.
                John

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