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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Jason, and though back in the day I grew up boating, I am now looking for my first boat. I live in Naples, Fl, and most my boating will be in the Gulf or in the everglades. I LOVE old Makos, and I am currently searching for a 23 or 25. I want it to be a single OB. I want to get a hull and running motor, and I am prepared to pull the tank and fix soft spots. I want to build an awesome boat, that is worth of re-engining in the future. I tend to buy old things, fix up, and keep for life, as opposed to buying new, to keep up with the Jones. My knowledge is limited on this, but I research the hell out of things before I jump in. I have done carpentry and fiberglass work, and being an electrical contractor, I have big shop, a LOT of tools and common sense. I assume I should not ask questions here, but forgive me, I have 2 quick questions.

    1. Do these models all have a "coffin lid" for the gas tank area, or are there ones where I will have to cut the floor?

    2. Are the transoms known to be weak at this age regularly, or is it a case by case thing?

    Thanks for your time, and I love looking at the projects on here.

  • #2
    welcome to CM!

    The older boats all had coffin lids and the seal has to be maintained to keep water out. Transoms can be a throw of the dice but most wood transoms at 30 years old would need to be replaced.
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    Originally posted by Electroman


    Hello everyone,


    My name is Jason, and though back in the day I grew up boating, I am now looking for my first boat. I live in Naples, Fl, and most my boating will be in the Gulf or in the everglades. I LOVE old Makos, and I am currently searching for a 23 or 25. I want it to be a single OB. I want to get a hull and running motor, and I am prepared to pull the tank and fix soft spots. I want to build an awesome boat, that is worth of re-engining in the future. I tend to buy old things, fix up, and keep for life, as opposed to buying new, to keep up with the Jones. My knowledge is limited on this, but I research the hell out of things before I jump in. I have done carpentry and fiberglass work, and being an electrical contractor, I have big shop, a LOT of tools and common sense. I assume I should not ask questions here, but forgive me, I have 2 quick questions.

    1. Do these models all have a "coffin lid" for the gas tank area, or are there ones where I will have to cut the floor?

    2. Are the transoms known to be weak at this age regularly, or is it a case by case thing?

    Thanks for your time, and I love looking at the projects on here.


    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...og-bottom-time

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    • #3
      Thank you Sailor. I am a patient man, so I will spend the next several months looking for the best deal. I will get back when I purchase one.

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