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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2015 :  15:02:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to avoid pulling the tank(because it passed a pressure test), I will continue to filter it and hopefully soon all of the dried gas will be gone. I keep lots of spare filters onboard (and have towboatUS) just in case.

I have the shower drain scuppers similar to these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Southo-Stainless-Boat-Shower-Drain-Scupper-with-One-way-Ball-Check-M7-11-8731436-/171426886448?hash=item27e9d6b330:g:99QAAOSwRLZT84hi&vxp=mtr

I was able to find replacement balls from west marine. A pair of needle nose pliers and some silicone spray made it very easy.Here is the link:

http://www.westmarine.com/buy/perko--check-ball-only-for-cockpit-scupper-0142--14121925

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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fishingwizard
Member

USA
370 Posts

Posted - 11/04/2015 :  08:24:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Where did you get the fire extinguisher holder that fit in the old switch panel hole?

Nice rig... Looking sharp!

Carolina Girl Sportfishing
VB, VA
'89 Mako 231
'99 Yam 225 OX66

Project Thread - http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52456&whichpage=1

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nevets
Member

USA
419 Posts

Posted - 11/04/2015 :  08:45:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Man, nice clean work. I was a little confused about the splash panels. I have been thinking about a hinged transom panel that would be the floor in the splashwell when down and thought you were going to plumb up the sides to accept it? please post the scupper drains you used. I am right behind you having poured my transom and faired but have not mounted my bracket yet ( A&J also )

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weir mako 21
Fire-Maine-iac

USA
2320 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2015 :  16:22:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just reviewed your project. Nice job. With that sweat motor and the crap coming out (very scary looking), I'd be tempted to tackle the tank. I know you said it passed a pressure test, but that is some serious crud. Did you get that all from dumping the fuel filter? Dad did an awesome job with the ebox. Did he make a mold for it?
-John

Weir Mako 21
1985 21B
Project 21B
http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=32089
Project 25 Contender
http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?whichpage=1&TOPIC_ID=55759


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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2017 :  16:18:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HOLY COW! I just realized how long it has been since I've been on here! The fire extinguisher is just a west marine unit that was small enough to fit, I just used some screws through the plastic to hold it in place.

I used the original brass scuppers that were in the boat but replaced the foam balls in them. My biggest gripe about them is that if the stern comes down hard either while running or at anchor the ball inside the shower drain scupper will get stuck and the water won't drain. I have to go back there and use my foot/sandal like a plunger and force them down and free. Minor but obnoxious on rough days.

My dad did not make a mold of the E-Box he just took some measurements of the factory aluminum one and made a copy out of 3/16" plywood. A couple layers of fiberglass and some gelcoat later and I love the thing. We didn't want a more modern roundy one that would stand out from all the older square and straight lines. the best feature he designed into it is the slope on the bottom to allow for better visibility.

I have been using the boat hence my 2 year absence from the forum (oh and I bought my first house) not a whole lot to report other than the tank is clean and the boat runs like a raped ape. We drained the tank and found water getting in from a factory plate on top of the tank over the fuel pickup tubes. We cut a hole for a pie plate in the coffin lid and fixed that. While we had the plate off the tank we drained all the gas out and stuck my boroscope down in there. The amount of hard dried fuel was outrageous but nothing a pressure cleaner and some peculiar looking attachments couldn't fix. Drained the water and replaced the inspection plate over the pickup tubes. The most recent additions are some mate series rod holders up near the bow for storage when the bite is hot or drinks while booze cruising. I also installed some Bennett electric tabs and have to say they were the easiest tabs to install and operate. I have zero complaints about them and anytime I have questions I drive over to Bennett(they are 5 minutes from my house) and they are happy to assist.

The boat runs very well with the opti250 and 4 blade prop, top speed is around 47mph with 2-3 adults and 100 gallons of gas in glassy seas. I haven't done any fuel burn calculations but I have no complaints when compared to older carbed motors I've run. My only complaint about the opti is that it is loud (luckily my stereo is louder) but I think if I had done a full transom it would help cut the noise some.

A side note to anyone thinking about adding a bracket to a 231:
1) Get tabs ( I'd recommend the Bennett Bolts)

and

2) Don't be surprised the first time you come off plane and see the motor look like it's about to get swamped. I about shat my pants the first time I saw it and thought my 12k investment was about to get hydro locked.


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Originally posted by fishingwizard

Where did you get the fire extinguisher holder that fit in the old switch panel hole?

Nice rig... Looking sharp!


1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2017 :  16:29:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mate series rod holders installed


Lake Boca


Girlfriends first dolphin - excited to get her a big bull or tuna


I have begun searching for a 261B to trade up to (gf is going to kill me) I thought I had one lined up and he was interested in a straight up trade but he got a full price cash offer so the search continues.

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1

Edited by - 231Mike on 05/25/2017 16:53:30
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wolfie
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191 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2017 :  16:54:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
awesome! working on rebuilding an '86 231 myself. How's the boat sit with that 250 on the A&J bracket? Enough flotation? other than looking scary, any real swamping issues?

be while before I see any fish on mine, way to get 'em!
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2017 :  17:03:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wolfie

awesome! working on rebuilding an '86 231 myself. How's the boat sit with that 250 on the A&J bracket? Enough flotation? other than looking scary, any real swamping issues?

be while before I see any fish on mine, way to get 'em!



Boat sits very well and scuppers drain fine. I have the batteries moved up under the console. The oil tank is in the starboard rear locker under the liftout box. There is no swamping issues it just looks menacing the first time you splash a boat and this wall of water comes at you every time you come off plane, the cowl and bracket get wet but no issues.

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2017 :  14:47:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just purchased a 261 so now this boat has to go. If anyone is interested call or text me nine54-eight03-eight727

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2017 :  23:21:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
261 that I purchased was done through eBay and buyer seems to have backed out. He no longer responds to texts or calls and it's been 2 weeks. Refund is being issued through eBay. It seems the search for a 261 or 261b continues.

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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231Mike
Member

195 Posts

Posted - 02/05/2018 :  21:28:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Boat has been sold, it will now reside in and around palm beach.

1989 Mako 261

SOLD - 1987 231 restore/rebuild http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=46836&whichpage=1
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aalbert
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USA
747 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2018 :  21:01:51  Show Profile  Visit aalbert's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bought a motor from a guy in S. Broward a few weeks ago - he has a 262 with Optis that he was tweaking for sale... Might give him a shout -- 305.785.0212

Miami, FL

1994 Intrepid 23 WA - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56047
Mako 224 Rebuild - http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=34019 - Sold

http://www.biggerhammer.net/mercury/ - Mercury V6 FAQ
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2018 :  22:41:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have purchased a 261, I will start a new thread

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Robbins17
New Member

USA
15 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2018 :  09:12:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike-

You picked up a 261? Congrats. Your Old 231 will have a Alexseal on topsides in about 2 weeks! I'll send pics. Couple questions, 1. do you have a source for the rubber gasket material for the windshield and 2. a source for original style MAKO231 emblem for the stern, and 3. a source for the aluminum USCG capacity plate for the center console? Thanks, wish I could figure out how to look at an post pictures on this site...would love to see your project! Hope all is well.
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Originally posted by 231Mike

Progress has begun! Had to rebuild the trailer before the boat could be moved from the original owners property.















Hooked up and ready for a new home





Time for a wash and wax





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hunt-mor
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237 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2018 :  09:40:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robbins17

Mike-

You picked up a 261? Congrats. Your Old 231 will have a Alexseal on topsides in about 2 weeks! I'll send pics. Couple questions, 1. do you have a source for the rubber gasket material for the windshield and 2. a source for original style MAKO231 emblem for the stern, and 3. a source for the aluminum USCG capacity plate for the center console? Thanks, wish I could figure out how to look at an post pictures on this site...would love to see your project! Hope all is well.
quote:
Originally posted by 231Mike

Progress has begun! Had to rebuild the trailer before the boat could be moved from the original owners property.







I can't see the pictures but for my 221 windshield i used Ocean Dynamics. the gasket number (V-452) and i think just under 3 a foot

1991 221 w/ 225 yamaha
Margate NJ
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231Mike
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195 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2018 :  11:11:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Robbins17 Im guessing you purchased someone elses boat, I talked to the new owner of mine and he didnt mention anything about painting it... also my windshield gasket was recently replaced and as hunt-mor stated its from ocean dynamics

1989 Mako 261

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