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Mako 224 renovations

I love fishing my Mako out in in the gulf. Have had her for 6 years now. Re-powered last year with a new Suzuki 250 and added a swim platform, live-well/LP and electronics. The one thing that stood out as needing correction was the aft boxes. They came up short of your knee and kept you from the edge of the boat an they where wet storage and always contained water in. Been wanting to remove for a while.

Thought I would share the process.

The first cut took 6 years but got it done. Now its time to start planning the rebuild.








Three trash bags of foam and remains of the boxes- Removed about 50 lbs from the boat

Will keep this updated with the finish work as it progresses.


  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,465 Officer
    Looking forward to seeing the completion. What year is your boat?
    My family has a 1984 254 Mako that is still going strong and is on the fifth set of engines..........
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,244 Moderator
    Can't wait to see the finished product, will be quite the improvement.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 12,677 AG
    Good luck with the renovations!
    You don't need fun to have alcohol
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    drgibby wrote: »
    Looking forward to seeing the completion. What year is your boat?
    My family has a 1984 254 Mako that is still going strong and is on the fifth set of engines..........

    This one is a 1984. Was a friend of mines dad in HS and fished on it many times. Had a chance to buy her back in 2011. Addicted to the way it fishes for a 22'10" boat. Easy to operate, efficient and raises fish.

    i gain 2.5-sq ft per side with them gone. The 25 gal in floor live-well (Disconnected) wil be my wet storage
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 12,677 AG
    They're closing your boat ramp in December! There's one other one I know of on that chain of lakes but it will be overrun now.
    You don't need fun to have alcohol
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    I saw that. I have one in my neighborhood so I am good but Clermont is going to get some back lash from closing the ramp. Prime real-estate I guess always wins. My Larger mako does not fit under the bridges with the water up. I have also redone a '77 Mako 15 that I cruise to the tiki bar in.
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 12,677 AG
    That ramp got so overcrowded with the jet ski drunks and the A-holes who would cut right in front of you to be first we stopped going. I run to Hickory point and put in there, and run the north lake chain now. More to see and do. And that ramp is never busy.
    You don't need fun to have alcohol
  • anglingarchitectanglingarchitect Posts: 1,492 Officer
    visit "Classic Mako" it's a wealth of good information for all kinds of mods.The people are real friendly and knowledgable also, good stuff.
    I redid my 76 23 Mako a couple of times and still own it.
    rent my beach house
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    I am very active over there as well. Spent hours yesterday grinding and cleaning edges. My coosa has not arrived for the floor rebuid so I am making some molds for the corners fro a clean look. Hoping a few more weekends and I will be back out for the Grouper bite.
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Floor template made. Will use this to trim coosa. Getting closer to figuring out a plan. This is set below the lip to accommodate the glass and 1/2" coosa.


    Got some more work in this weekend and had some help from Jeff D...AKA Child Sea-Port. Was nice to use the Garage

    Foam leveled and glassed. Putty made and Coosa laid up.

    On top of the coosa I have got one layer of mat, 1 layer 1708, 1 layer of core mat and one more layer of mat on the port side. Starboard is ready for glass build up.





    getting closer

  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    Good plan!
    Looks great!
    God, save the South!
  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,465 Officer
    Coming along nicely!
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Well the lip that I originally left below the cleats has been removed. With that I had to take out the flimsy wall that was in there do to the slope it had.

    Looking Aft

    Looking through the box to the front. In this picture you can see the foam that was exposed when I removed the wall. It was in good shape with some moisture at the bottom


    Rebuilding with Coosa 26

    3 pieces formed and puttied in place. Little messy and will need to clean. I changed the floor angle so I filled the seem with new foam. Then I trimmed and spread some chopped fibers and glass bubbles to a smooth finish

    Backside glassed around the seems. Will go back and sand then add glass across all of it. This will be a lot more supportive in the corner then before. I will have to remove some more of the knee wall to make the lines a little better. Most of the knee may stay as the section is very much a structural point.


    Got the Starboard aft section cut out.


    Spent some time working on fuel line coffin
    From this

    to first pass

    Cleaned up a little. Snapped this for fishing space

    Lamp acting as LED's...LOL

    Spent a lot of time the past couple of days working on little things. Lots of sanding and filleting. Will work on some glass tomorrow afternoon as the fog and dew was thick this morning and will be again tomorrow.
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Aft Boxes finished on the inside with Glass. Seams have two layers of 1708 and CSM. 1st coat of gel is on.

    Starboard side is close. first skim coat of thickened gel is on. Will sand off and redo to level out the area. you can see I added 1/2" divinycell board to the gunnel wall for some protection of sliding coolers and to stiffen up the gunnels. She is very stiff now. Rough stage but she is taking shape. will be nice with the bolster pads around this area. any one use the Seadeck bolster pads? Curious how those thinner ones worked.

    Here is the port side. I went a little crazy with the grinder and now I have to rebuild the lip for the floor drain. I used 1/4" scored divinycell and then thicken resin with cobosil to for the lip. This was covered with CSM and 1708. will update the trim next time

    One mistake I made was not covering the floor properly. Now I have to sand and redo non-skid when all doen due to resin spots.
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,244 Moderator
    Great job, a very nice improvement. Not a big fan of the SeaDeck bolsters, kinda thin and firm, after a long day they don't even feel cushiony.
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Current state
    Starboard side 2nd coat and now sanded with 80 grit. I will go bag and sand again then skim one more time.


    Port Side light skim coat and sanded once. Still need to clean up gutter drain with over glass

    Since I removed the cleats from the aft box area I added some pull up cleats on the aft ends. Mounted with a backing plate



    Went to Marine connections looking for a set of colming pads but came up empty. . Did sneak a hockey game in with two of my kids this week.

  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain

    Pop up cleats are really nice!
    God, save the South!
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Took her out on the lake Sunday before the blow. It provides me motivation to finish

    Got some more work in on the fairing and sanding. The drain lip has taken a while to get right. If i was to do something different I would have just filled it in.


    I am really liking the space.
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Got some work done in the cold today. Worked on the drain gutter
    From here

    to today. I used a small 1/2" paint brush to work on the radius and some other areas. Not to bad but did have some brush marks. Prep:



    This is hit with 400,800,1000. not waxed yet as I have to hit it with 180 and touch up some areas.


    Mate Series Rod/cup holders added

    In between drying time and football.
    grabbed a couple of these guys on 4lb test

    Starboard side also has second coat on it for the pin holes. This was not sanded today but most will come off. Man my finger tips are raw from the sanding


    I have received in my adtec P-14 filler, Duratec surface primer and Duratec Hi-gloss additive
  • Geno67Geno67 Posts: 148 Deckhand
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    Well the weather here is about to turn south. 3 days below 40...[:D] So not much work to be done. I did lay some gel coat yesterday with duratec additive. It was mixed 70/30 and was watery. I ended up adding some glass bubbles to get some consistency. I worked on the port side a little. None of these pictures have any sanding. Again some brush marks and some surface prep areas not perfect. I will sand these areas with 180 then do the final coats with a spray gun. The halogen light makes the wet gel-coat look a little yellowish. It will dry to match the gutter.




    Made a daisy chain and have supplies for 3 more in different patterns. Will add them to my trolling spread this year on a tag line off the outrigger.

    I realized how bad the regulations have gotten not by fishing but by reading the magazine articles. Have we come to this as a seafood dish?
  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,244 Moderator
    Definitely not kick weather. Looking good Bro.
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 5,981 Admiral
    Wow, that is a terrible design, looks like a great improvement for sure. Nice job, keep up the good work.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand
    edited February 2018 #25

    Moved the Lumitec lights off the knee and put under the gunnel. These are white/Blue dimimable lights. I have a blue 40" blue LED light coming for under the gunnel




  • Mako224Mako224 Posts: 490 Deckhand

    Ok so what changed with the picture codes?

  • jbdba01jbdba01 Posts: 144 Deckhand

    Does seem odd as [img] is standard html...looks like the new forum uses Markdown. Never used it. So this failed.


    Try ![Image] followed by (, the url for the image, and then) - or use the tool for the thread editor.



    Quite odd.

  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 12,677 AG

    Looking good Mako. Nice to see things coming together.

    You don't need fun to have alcohol
  • ericfericf Posts: 463 Deckhand

    Awesome, will be some nice standing space leaned against the gunnel.

    Tight Lines,
    Eric Fosbender

    Team Googanator

    2006 Bull Dolphin 22 with 250 Etec
  • FS BlairFS Blair Posts: 1,782 Admin

    Way to jump in....making a good boat better. A dreamboat.

  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain

    Nice deck space!

    God, save the South!
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