1982 Mako 224 resto-mod

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  1. T Bone

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  3. WillW

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    Looking good
     
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  4. sjrobin

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    Good plan using the wave crusher to get to the big swimmers. I have a friend with a Mako 20 he bought new in 1976. Mako's and Whaler's are the about the only sea worthy outboard survivors out of 70's/80's era. Not sure about the big Merc. Don't leave sight of land.
     
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  5. LowHydrogen

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    Back home in FL. Ready to get started back on the project.

    Had some deliveries when I was up North working. Mostly safety stuff.
    Pop up for the bow, high water alarm, secondary bilge pump, float switch.
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  6. LowHydrogen

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    Today I pulled all new wire from the console to the bilge (not fast or easy). Replaced and re-terminated all the switches in the switch panel. Traced down the remaining old wires, labeled, then cut off and eliminated the old fuse/buss. I've never really liked the idea of a hinged console before I started this project, after today I'm really really happy I didn't have to spend multiple hours on my back and working overhead. Still have a long way to go but here are a few pics of the carnage so far.
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  7. LowHydrogen

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    All of the paint is now stripped, with the exception of the console seat hatch, and the splash well. Removed the storage box from the console and will be flush mounting a bottom machine/gps.
    Progress has been slower due to fishing, when the weather is nice. So the next few days should be good for the boat project. Including a couple recent fish pics for variety, since, let's face it stripping paint isn't interesting.
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  8. LowHydrogen

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    Also had a delivery this week. 4 new rod holders, and the new rub rail, and compass.
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  9. LowHydrogen

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    Late yesterday evening I broke a shift control cable while trying to force it when I had (unbeknownst to me) got it on a bind during some of my wire pulling. The jacket separated from the end sleeve. So I did a little research last night, located one and spent the first half of today fixing that. Second half of the day was rewiring and reinstalling the trim tabs. The control box and switch are wired in (for testing purposes) but not in the final mounting location. Early on in the project in a fit of frustration I cut the wires to the tabs, causing myself a good bit more work opening the cylinders and re-terminating the wires. Pro-tip don't be like me, when you're frustrated, grab a beer, not the side cutters.
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    Installed and wired the primary and backup bilge pump, new float switch, and rewired the old baitwell pump. Will be installing new hoses on the pumps. Worked on terminating wires at the fuse panel.

    I cut the wire for the bow light that was in a bind but still can't extract it from the chase. Not sure what my solution for the bow light wire will be just yet.
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  11. floridascuba

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    Nice. Once I get my East Cape sold, I want to start on my 241.
     
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  12. LowHydrogen

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    241 is a really nice boat, probably one of the saltiest boats in it's class. My good friend has a 251, similar specs but they don't hold as much fuel as the 241.
    Start a thread about it!
     
  13. floridascuba

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    mine is the deluxe model.
    so the fuel tank isn't big. want to remove all the analog gauges and flush mount electronics in its place, replace the canvas t-top, all wiring and pumps, remove the bow rail. And repower. and eventually remove the antifoul.

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  14. LowHydrogen

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    Got all the pumps plumbed today. Installed the thru-hull for my second bilge pump. Terminated a couple more wires. Also received a delivery of new hinges.
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    Like :)....following
     
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  16. bryson

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    I dig the concept -- I had an old Mako 21 just briefly, but it was too much of a project for me at the time. Looking forward to seeing this come along!
     
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    Looking good.

    Always a great idea to Double Clamp every hose that connects to ANY thru-hull fitting!
     
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    Update.
    Weather (humidity) had really hampered progress for a while, it's hard for me to stay home and not fish (when the weather is good for painting, it's usually good for Tarpon, {Tarpon wins}). Finally got some primer and top coat on the topsides, and primer and nonskid on the interior. Still need second coat of non skid on the rear floor. Worked some more on the wiring, epoxied old screw/bolt holes. Non skid down on some of the hatches. Installed the rub rail. I decided I would do an old school rope insert in the rub rail, instead of the black rubber it came with, because I think it looks nicer. After I started, I realized why you don't see these as much anymore, what a pain in the ass. It's done and the rope is tight and solid as a rock but man was it time consuming.

    Still to do, hopefully soon....
    Mount rod holders, mount step pads, hook up to main gas tank, more paint, install hinges, install cleats, install keel guard, and a good bit more I'm forgetting but it's getting there.
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  19. yobata

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    Looks great! Keep it up
     
  20. LowHydrogen

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    I ran the boat for a short time, day before yesterday. Ran it about 15 mi, it has a small fuel issue, I'm suspecting the primer bubble, or the fuel pump. When it ran right, it was really impressive, it topped out at a little over 42kts.
    That was according to my Navionics app on my phone, that has been pretty accurate when I checked it before.
     
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