Mako 254 rebuild

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Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Seabird254 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:52 am

Hi guys been lurking around here for awhile and really appreciate the amount of great info that is shared. Hopefully I can help someone by documenting this, along with you guys steering me in the right direction :D

This is my 1987 mako 254 that I picked up a few months ago. It is the hull I have wanted for awhile, and I found it on a decent aluminum trailer for cheap. The transom and fuel tank are out. The port stern corner had some damage from a swim platform that was attached. It was fixed by a shop before I purchased it. The layup is thicker than the original hull, the cracks were tapered and glassed with woven roving on both inside and out. The area on the exterior was then faired in using mat. Looks good to me as a starting point to install a normal transom layup.

Current plan is
-flatten the cap to match the lines of the hull(reuse what I can of existing cap)
-use original floor, recored where need be, flatten casting deck(may re situate original hatches)
-remove foam, raise stringers to floor hight
-install transom
-build stringer extension bracket(stealing daytrips design :D )
-build console/leaning post
-endless other things :D

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most of the recent work has been bottom paint removal. It is 98% off and ready for some finish sanding before I start painting. I used Lye gravy covered with plastic for 24 hours and it comes off like butter.

Thats how the boat sits right now, I removed the rear gunnel caps because they were damaged beyond repair.

more to come

-Jeff



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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by fallguy1000 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:30 am

Good looking hull.

Take it slow.

Major errors are made early cutting thing that you don't cut.
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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Fuzz » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:35 am

Nice looking hull. You have a lot of work in front of you but it should make a really nice boat when done.

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by DAYTRIP » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:28 am

Sweet! Love the 254. There is a thread on here where I started a 258. Was working on making it a CC when the Bertram happened. Built a cap for that one. That is one of the best hulls mako built by far.

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Eric1 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:49 pm

Great Project!!

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Seabird254 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:42 pm

thanks guys. I really enjoyed the last two boats I had and loved working on them. This is a dream of mine to build a boat that suits my needs exactly and I enjoy the process as much as the final product. Ive already have a future mini skiff rebuild all planned in my head :help: hopefully this one is done in 2 years :doh:

I found a source for gatorboard around here which is similar to coosa but runs about $350 for a 4x8 sheet of 1.5" which is reasonable enough to not use plywood. Any of you guys have any experience with it? Made by polyumac.

I remember reading that 258 conversion thread, always wondered what happened to it.

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by DAYTRIP » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:42 am

I have lots of experience with polyumac but not the gator board unfortunately. Not sure you caught it but we are in the middle of the same project on my neighbors 224.

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Seabird254 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:03 pm

Yea I saw that I cant find the thread. I searched with the forum engine and through specific google search. Can you post a link I would love to check it out.

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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by fallguy1000 » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:55 pm

Gatorboard comes up as art foam?
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Re: Mako 254 rebuild

Post by Seabird254 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:12 pm

its made by polyumac. search polyumac GatorBoard Fiberglass Reinforced Foam Core on google and you will find a link to their website with the spec sheets. its 300-340 for a 1.5" sheet depending where you get it, which is very reasonable compared to the competition.

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