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    hi all member here .....I recently purchased a great 1980 mako....did a few things T-Top, led underwater lights etc. heres my dilema....I fish alot in lake erie and I really want to close the transom...should i do bracket aka...armstrong,hermco? or smaller . does anyone know of good guy to do that near northwest ohio or southeast mi?

  • #2
    1980 what!
    Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br][br]


    • #3
      20 ft mako with 115 johnson ocean pro


      • #4
        I personally wouldn't bracket a 20'. It has been done but I don't see the worth in doing it. If you did, you need a floatation tub and larger then normal trim tabs and move as much weight to the console. A 21' would be much more suited to a bracket and it has been done with pretty good success, but it's a bigger boat. Are you looking for more fishing room or to stop water coming in over the transom?

        BTW, welcome to CM. []
        1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
        1985 Mako 20c - sold
        Fort Walton Beach, FL


        • #5
          Thanks CM ....actually mako is 20'6" ha ! I really want to avoid water coming over the top ...Lake Erie is shallow and has quite a chop and strange following waves .


          • #6
            I had a bracket on my 23 hydrasports and thought about going the same route with my mako 20 as the Delaware Bay also has a close chop and depending on wind/current you often find yourself stern to the waves. Based solely on recommendations from this site, I elected to compromise and close in the notch and raise it to accommodate a 25" shaft. I was going to do the transome anyway so I figured going this route wouldn't hurt.

            This photo shows the existing notch against my new, closed in transom.

            Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br][br]