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  • Nogis
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    Hi Eric,

    Appreciate the response and look-over! Going to do my best to keep the engine in tip-top shape so I can milk this girl for as long as possible. Fell in love with the shape of it on first glance, perfect for Long Island Sound and Housy.

    As for the tank process, I'm considering biting the bullet and doing it now before I start paying for rack/docking fees and new gear/etc. I don't have A LOT of free time, would really only be able to get a day and a half of work done every two weekends and would need to order tools (beyond the typical home repair stuff my dad should have laying around). From your experience, should I have a professional pull and replace the tank? I could throw $3-4k at it but anything beyond that makes me sick, I'm also concerned a shop may see trouble elsewhere and pressure me into dropping more cash into the pit.

    - Possibly, a good course of action would be to get the tank out on my own, order the new tank and lines and go to a shop for the installation/review. That should cut down on costs, right?

    I've read through a number of tank replacement and project threads, some really impressive stuff! I don't know how people have the time! Gives me a lot of ideas, going to have to start reading up on boat repair and modification techniques.

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  • PoleLock
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    Welcome to the club....congrats on the new to you ClassicMako 19 rig!

    You will enjoy the stability of the 8' wide beam, as well as the sharp entry of the modified vee hull. It makes for a solid riding hull when underway and a stable platform when anchored or adrift.

    In my opinion an outstanding hull for the bay, shallow back waters and even out front on a fair seas day. A true 19ft multitasking watercraft.
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    In the off-season, I plan on pulling the tank, replacing lines, and installing trim tabs. If anyone knows of a reliable and trustworthy shop in the tri-state area that does good work, please let me know as a backup for my attempts at the above. I found a tank fabrication company, SP Tanks, that seems legitimate.



    Good idea pulling and inspecting the fuel tank. The aluminum tank and fill/vent lines tend to corrode and fail over time. The factory fuel tank had a 32 gallon capacity and is located below deck. The tank can be accessed by removing the center console and the large hatch cover. You will find numerous rebuild threads covering fuel tank replacements on this forum.

    From your description and the images you shared, the boat seems to be in solid shape.

    You are correct in saying the transom has been modified....it looks as if it was raised and extra support was installed where the motor mounts. The rest of the boat looks pretty much original

    less the aftermarket tee-top.

    Again...welcome aboard and be sure to post pics of her on the water this season!

    Eric

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  • Nogis
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    '79 19ft Mako - New Member

    Hi CM!

    New member here, excited for my journey modifying and fixing up a newly acquired rig!

    I recently picked up a 1979 19' Mako from its third owner and am looking for some advice on first steps as well as analysis of what has possibly already been done beyond my current knowledge. See images below.

    I would like to use the boat for the remainder of the season as it is in operating and functional condition and my excitement would not allow otherwise. I have found a marina that will store it on a rack when not in use and load whenever I plan to go out.

    In the off-season, I plan on pulling the tank, replacing lines, and installing trim tabs. If anyone knows of a reliable and trustworthy shop in the tri-state area that does good work, please let me know as a backup for my attempts at the above. I found a tank fabrication company, SP Tanks, that seems legitimate.

    I would appreciate any findings CM could pull from the images of the boat below. The deck is firm, no gas smell, wiring was redone by the prior owner (labeled and organized), two independent bilge pumps, and batteries relocated under center console. One thing that sticks out to me is the transom, it looks to have had some modifications to it, as if it were raised (when comparing it to comparable models).

    Looking forward to meeting some fellow Mako owners and enthusiasts!







    - Nogis
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