can I get my Mako boat placed on ClassicMako.com
|OUR BEST ANSWER: Simple, just E-mail me as
many pictures of your boat as you can. I like to give a good
representation of a particular boat/project. In-the-water &
action shots are very nice too.
If you don't have a digital camera or access to a scanner,
I'll be glad to scan the photos for you. Just E-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll make arrangements for mailing the photos and getting
them returned to you as well.
can I find gel coat to match my Mako hull?
|OUR BEST ANSWER: I get my gel coat from Mini
Craft of Florida. The stock colors that they make
are a pretty good match, but due to weathering/exposure to UV
over a number of years the gel coat may not be a spot on match.
The color can be adjusted slightly with a tint kit which is also
The other route is to use their custom color matching
service. A sample of your boat's actual gel coat must be shipped
to Mini Craft and they will computer match the color. Anything
from a speaker cutout to a hatch cover can be shipped to them
for analysis. Arrangements must be made if the sample is to be
returned. There is a one time set up fee in the neighborhood of
$75 to get the color scanned and stored in the company's
database. I highly recommend this route for large repairs or
meticulous boat owners!
I find Mini Craft the easiest to work with as far as customer
service, quality, and technical assistance. My second choice
would be Fiberglass Coatings
Inc. They offer custom matching as well. I have tried
Spectrum's Mako gel coat and found it to be very gray in color.
can I get new Mako emblems (placards) for my particular Mako
|OUR BEST ANSWER: The only place I know of
is Marine Connection Liquidators in Ft. Pierce, FL.
Phone: (772) 465-6460 or E-mail MARCONLQ@bellsouth.net
. They have a large selection of many of the models made
throughout the years, but they are sold out of some models (Mako
21 & Mako 211 for certain). They may not have the placard in
the desired color you are looking for, so you may have to settle
on some other color.
Other alternatives include getting the Mako insignia cut in
vinyl or contacting a Mako dealer and ordering the new Mako
decals which are a heavy rubber material which adheres to the
hull by an adhesive.
can I find OEM Mako parts or accessories?
|OUR BEST ANSWER: Tough question... Here we
go. Again, Marine Connection Liquidators has bought the
majority of the Mako Marine surplus inventory over the past
years, but they really don't even know exactly what they have or
where it is located in their warehouse if they do have it! They
buy these surplus shipments by the truckload, so they don't get
a chance to go through the shipments and catalog the items. Some
of the inventory is used as well. Calling them and asking for a
specific item is almost useless. To effectively find something
there, you need to make a pilgrimage to Ft. Pierce and go
through the inventory with their help. They will be more glad to
help you look in person than over the phone.
Mako oriented items I have seen there include: Mako cleats
& bow chocks, model placards, Mako compasses, dash
gauge/switch panels, rub rail, boot stripe, starboard cabin
& console doors, starboard rigging & sink stations, teak
trim, fuel & water deck fill fittings, fiberglass deck
hatches and fuel tank hatches, and the possibility of fuel
You can also watch E-bay for hard to find Mako items. I have
seen two aluminum frame windshields come and go as well as
several other items. I am in the process of setting up a Mako
"swap meet" & Forum on this page, but I can only
do so much at a time and I fund this webpage out of my pocket.
can I find a new fuel tank for my Mako hull?
|OUR BEST ANSWER: As far as I know, Mako
used a company called Florida
Marine Tanks Inc. for their tanks. I'd bet that
they still have the patterns or dimensions for the particular
tanks that they made for Mako Marine. Go to their web page and
E-mail them or give them a call. I'm sure they will be able to
work with you.
The alternative is to find an aluminum shop in your area and
bring them your tank to have it copied. Make sure that the shop
you pick makes marine tanks! I wouldn't trust a tank in my boat
to just anyone. It is also a good idea to have the tank coated
with coal-tar epoxy before re-installing it.
can I find a wiring diagram or schematic for my Mako hull?
|OUR BEST ANSWER: Tough question. There is
almost no formal information about Makos available on the web,
aside from this webpage! The Mako dealers seem to be of no help,
and the company itself has moved away from the good ol' customer
service thing since they are now owned by a huge corporation
that no longer cares about the little people who buy their
Now to get off of my soap box and back to my answer... I was
informed that there was a binder on the shelf at Marine
Connection Liquidators. The binder contained a ton of microfilms
from the 1980's through the 1990's. Someone bought it from them,
and unfortunately that someone wasn't me! I wish I could get my
hands on that info for us to share to the Mako community. If
anyone knows the where this info ended up, please contact us at email@example.com.
We will be glad to compensate the owners of this info for
I have come across several owners manuals. I have
posted digital scans of these owners manuals on the page linked
to below. Some of the manuals weren't in great shape or
complete, but I'll take what I can get. A big thanks goes out to
all who have let me borrow these manuals so that the info can be
For re-wiring projects my best advice is to start from scratch and re-wire the boat
yourself. There are several good books on 12 Volt marine
wiring available at West Marine and Boaters World. Here is a
link to a web page displaying the accepted
marine wiring color code.
|QUESTION: How do I translate the HIN (Hull
Identification Number) on my boat?
|OUR BEST ANSWER: Follow this link to read
up about the details: http://www.classicmako.com/FAQ/HIN/
updated on: Apr. 12, 2005