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    Hi everyone,

    I found this group while researching Mako boats. Looked interesting so I signed up. I have a 1974 Mako 15, purchased it last March after selling my SeaCrest for a larger boat to fit my family (5 of us). Mako 15 fit the bill. I have a Mercury 1972 Thunderbolt 800 on the back. I have been restoring both the boat and engine since I bought it. I'm on the electrical system now for the boat. Fine tuning the carbs as well. Hoping I can ask questions from the group as I rebuild the boat. I will need to recover the seat cushions this winter.

    I'll upload a picture when I figure out how.

    Mark
    Mark Kriz[br]Mako15 1974[br]Mercury Thunderbolt 800 1972[br]Maple Valley, WA[br][br]

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    Good luck with the restoration!

    Cool to see old boats with "period correct" power on the back!

    Since Photobucket got greedy, I switched to IMGUR for hosting & posting pics.
    1992 211 w/175 OptiMax
    Glen Campbell, Pa.

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    • #3
      Welcome to CM and the family!
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      Originally posted by krizm200


      Hi everyone,

      I found this group while researching Mako boats. Looked interesting so I signed up. I have a 1974 Mako 15, purchased it last March after selling my SeaCrest for a larger boat to fit my family (5 of us). Mako 15 fit the bill. I have a Mercury 1972 Thunderbolt 800 on the back. I have been restoring both the boat and engine since I bought it. I'm on the electrical system now for the boat. Fine tuning the carbs as well. Hoping I can ask questions from the group as I rebuild the boat. I will need to recover the seat cushions this winter.


      I'll upload a picture when I figure out how.

      Mark


      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
        Thanks Radioman and Sailor. I finished the electrical system, all lights are working, including the remote control spot light on the front! My 2 boys and I were out fishing on Lake Sammamish near Seattle, WA, caught dinner (all perch this time). Washed, polished, and waxed the exterior of the Mako15 on Sunday, and it almost looks new, and will do the interior next Sunday if the rain holds off. I need to finish tuning out the engine too. It runs awesome once it is going, but very hard to start.
        Mark Kriz[br]Mako15 1974[br]Mercury Thunderbolt 800 1972[br]Maple Valley, WA[br][br]

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          Mark Kriz[br]Mako15 1974[br]Mercury Thunderbolt 800 1972[br]Maple Valley, WA[br][br]

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          • #6
            New picture added to my profile of the Mako 15 at the boat dock on Lake Sammamish, WA. I have the engine all over the back of the boat today, as I rebuild the carbs, specifically the float systems. The Mercury Thunderbolt 800 has been coughing fuel out of the carbs at start up, so all info says float or pin issue. Hope to have it completed tonight and back in the water this weekend.
            Mark Kriz[br]Mako15 1974[br]Mercury Thunderbolt 800 1972[br]Maple Valley, WA[br][br]

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            • #7
              Many states have the provision for antique boats and motors such as yours to enjoy a very inexpensive registration....Glad to see your making progress....Those little 15's are a fun little boat...
              [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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              • #8
                I'll have to find out if the State of Washington has that type of a registration. Never heard of it before, but then we are transplants from Buffalo NY, moved here 2 years ago. I'll dig around the net. In the mean time, I have decided to do a complete deep cleaning of the carbs. The engine refused to start at the Lake yesterday. Spark is awesome, and I know fuel is going into the bowls, so now I get to pull the carbs completely and clean. Going to rain the next couple of weeks anyway, so I might as well have fun with rebuilding the engine.

                The Mako 15 is awesome! My 2 boys and I love taking it out for fishing. I have included a $5 prize for the biggest fish, and I was able to keep it a week ago.
                Mark Kriz[br]Mako15 1974[br]Mercury Thunderbolt 800 1972[br]Maple Valley, WA[br][br]

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