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    Having read how much the Mako owners here love their boats, I would like to add to the love for a Mako. In 1976 I bought a friends 1972 17 foot Mako. The next 10 years that boat went places in Everglades National Park (Flamingo area) boats shouldn't go, trolled for Dolphin in the Gulfstream from Miami to Marathon and it never failed us once. In December 1985 my wife said we need to get a bigger Mako (OK with me). She worked a couple of blocks from the Mako dealer in South Miami (The Boat Center), and told me to go by and see the 20' Mako they had there. The next day I went by and looked at the 20 footer, but I also saw a 21' model next to it that was not there when she looked. At home she asked me if Iooked at the 20' model, I told her yes but they had a real nice 21' model next to it and she should go see it before we made our decision about the 20' model. She went by the next day and came home all excited about --- the 22' model 224 that was next to the 21' model I looked at. She said I should look at the 224. I told her we should meet there the next day to decide together. We meet there the next day to look at the 224 and find a 23' model 235 next to it. We asked the dealer if he had any bigger models there, which he replied no. We traded in our 17' for the 23' 235 right then.

    In the following years trolling in the Gulf Stream was more comfortable, the back country trips were more fun (we would stay out there overnight on the boat).

    In 1992 while Hurricane Andrew was wrecking the Mako factory (4 miles from my house) the 235 was protecting the backside of the house. The boat survived it with some scratched gel coat, scratched windshield and a missing hatch cover. Mako solid as a rock.

    After 30 years and 3 months, it is getting a new fuel tank, the stern closed in and a transom bracket. I am pretty sure it will outlast us.

    Hope everyone here can get the longevity, and good times that the Classic Mako has given us.

  • #2
    Awesome first post!! Loved the story, and can relate to every part of the boat buying process....welcome aboard...

    d
    [br]1994 Mako 215 Dual console Optimax 225[br]1978 Mako 19 with 90hp johnson[br]1996 Mako 22[br]1982 Mako 171 Angler 135 Black Max Mercury[br]1987 21b 225 Yamaha[br]1974 23 inboard Gusto gone.[br]1979m21 225johnson \"blue dolphin\" bought off this board and restored [br]with everyone\'s help!!Gone but not Forgotten....[br]1979 20 Mako 115 Suzuki gone[br]1977 19 Mako 115 Johnson gone[br]1976 23 Mako twin 140 Johnsons gone[br]1983 224 with closed transom and bracket[br]And 162 SOB (some other boats)[br]Venice Florida, Traverse city Mi.

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    • #3
      Welcome to Classicmako. GREAT first post! Do not hesitate to share some old Mako stories. []
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      Originally posted by Arclight


      Having read how much the Mako owners here love their boats, I would like to add to the love for a Mako. In 1976 I bought a friends 1972 17 foot Mako. The next 10 years that boat went places in Everglades National Park (Flamingo area) boats shouldn't go, trolled for Dolphin in the Gulfstream from Miami to Marathon and it never failed us once. In December 1985 my wife said we need to get a bigger Mako (OK with me). She worked a couple of blocks from the Mako dealer in South Miami (The Boat Center), and told me to go by and see the 20' Mako they had there. The next day I went by and looked at the 20 footer, but I also saw a 21' model next to it that was not there when she looked. At home she asked me if Iooked at the 20' model, I told her yes but they had a real nice 21' model next to it and she should go see it before we made our decision about the 20' model. She went by the next day and came home all excited about --- the 22' model 224 that was next to the 21' model I looked at. She said I should look at the 224. I told her we should meet there the next day to decide together. We meet there the next day to look at the 224 and find a 23' model 235 next to it. We asked the dealer if he had any bigger models there, which he replied no. We traded in our 17' for the 23' 235 right then.

      In the following years trolling in the Gulf Stream was more comfortable, the back country trips were more fun (we would stay out there overnight on the boat).

      In 1992 while Hurricane Andrew was wrecking the Mako factory (4 miles from my house) the 235 was protecting the backside of the house. The boat survived it with some scratched gel coat, scratched windshield and a missing hatch cover. Mako solid as a rock.

      After 30 years and 3 months, it is getting a new fuel tank, the stern closed in and a transom bracket. I am pretty sure it will outlast us.


      Hope everyone here can get the longevity, and good times that the Classic Mako has given us.


      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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      • #4
        That's an awesome story and thanks a lot for taking the time to share. Glad to see you still have the love for her like the rest of us. Welcome to the Madness!
        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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        • #5
          Welcome aboard! Photos and Photos of the boat and dolphin. You will love the full transom and bracket on that boat. I have had my 224 for only 5 years but love everything about it. I did however fish on my boat as a kid in school as it was my buddy's dads boat. Some boats are Destin to be with us. Yes I put Destin in there as I am sure it is on everyone's mind....
          [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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          • #6
            Thanks for that!

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            Dave [br]Woodbury Heights, NJ[br]\'73 Mako 20[br]\'85 Mako 254[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=55336[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52586

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