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  • New Here, Mako 261

    Hi All,

    Earlier this month I bought a new to me 88 Mako 261 with twin 04 yamaha 200 hpdis. Boat needs some TLC, but she runs great and has a solid transom. I've grown up a bass fisherman and have a 96 Skeeter zx180 that I absolutely love, but after going offshore fishing with friends and riding in my cousins Mako, I had to get one.

    So far I've just been working on getting the boat cleaned up. Gave her a good scrub down inside and out. Also wet sanded the hull and went to town with a buffer. I was going to take her in to get the bottom paint blasted off and all the little dings and what not fixed, but after needing to get a new trailer, that's going to have to wait. So in the mean time i'm currently in the process of stripping the paint myself in an attempt to save a few bucks. Unfortunately it SUCKS stripping this stuff off as there's probably 15 layers of paint. I have a 3000psi pressure washer that won't even touch some of it. As I write this I do have the starboard side coated with paint stripper and covered in plastic wrap to see if that loosens it up any better than just straight blasting on the port side.

    Anywho, here's what everyone cares about. PICS!



    Plenty of room to park both next to each other lol



    Making her shine again





    New trailer



    And the fun process of bottom paint removal



    Paint gone from this side, just have the whole rest of the boat to go


    1988 Mako 261

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    Welcome to CM! Nice job on the hull - it looks great. quite a few 261's around here so you can find lots of reference material - Ringleader's 261b is top notch. You get five gold stars for your first post including pictures! [8D]
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    Originally posted by TheDohnutShop


    Hi All,


    Earlier this month I bought a new to me 88 Mako 261 with twin 04 yamaha 200 hpdis. Boat needs some TLC, but she runs great and has a solid transom. I've grown up a bass fisherman and have a 96 Skeeter zx180 that I absolutely love, but after going offshore fishing with friends and riding in my cousins Mako, I had to get one.

    So far I've just been working on getting the boat cleaned up. Gave her a good scrub down inside and out. Also wet sanded the hull and went to town with a buffer. I was going to take her in to get the bottom paint blasted off and all the little dings and what not fixed, but after needing to get a new trailer, that's going to have to wait. So in the mean time i'm currently in the process of stripping the paint myself in an attempt to save a few bucks. Unfortunately it SUCKS stripping this stuff off as there's probably 15 layers of paint. I have a 3000psi pressure washer that won't even touch some of it. As I write this I do have the starboard side coated with paint stripper and covered in plastic wrap to see if that loosens it up any better than just straight blasting on the port side.

    Anywho, here's what everyone cares about. PICS!



    Plenty of room to park both next to each other lol



    Making her shine again





    New trailer



    And the fun process of bottom paint removal



    Paint gone from this side, just have the whole rest of the boat to go




    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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    • #3
      Welcome to CM and nice rig. Look forward to the progress
      1995 231 Tuppens

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by Sailor


        Welcome to CM! Nice job on the hull - it looks great. quite a few 261's around here so you can find lots of reference material - Ringleader's 261b is top notch. You get five gold stars for your first post including pictures! [8D]



        Thanks guys. I've read most of ringleaders thread and its truly amazing what hes done with his. I thought I was doing pretty good by cutting my bass boat trailer apart and welding in new steel and getting it all road worthy again lol.

        As for my boat, the citri strip stuff that I used on the bottom paint did almost nothing so wound up blasting off as much as I could with the pressure washer. What's discouraging is the amount of holes in the gel coat and other places that will need fiberglass repair. I also have no way of lifting the boat off the trailer so I'm gonna have to pay somebody to do it. I also work out of state 4 days a week so time is extremely limited.

        I did this weekend make some progress sanding, got the transom and some of the stern sanded as well as a decent chunk of the port side hull. This blue paint is on so thick that it gums up 80 grit paper real quick. Found about a 4 foot gash in the keel that's about an inch wide *face palm. So this weekend will be more sanding to see what we find.








        1988 Mako 261

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        • #5
          Dang ON!!!! awesome job on pics so soon. My guess youre not as new to the site as your post number suggest. must of been lurking around for awhile lol []

          nice rig
          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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          • #6
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            Originally posted by brando


            Dang ON!!!! awesome job on pics so soon. My guess youre not as new to the site as your post number suggest. must of been lurking around for awhile lol []

            nice rig



            Lol well I found this forum a couple weeks ago so havent lurked too long, but I'm on a bunch of car and truck forums ap I'm not stranger to posting pics.

            Update on the boat, I took it to a shop to get a quote on respraying the hull and they told me to stop sanding the paint off as its gonna make more work for them. Sooo, gonna shift to working on bringing back the interior and possibly working on rewiring while I save some money to get the hull sprayed. Shooting to get that done around the 1st of the year
            1988 Mako 261

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