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Boat Reviews By Owners

1985 -- 25' 8" MAKO

Model: 258 FLUSH DECK CUDDY

Cockpit: THE COCKPIT IS LARGE ENOUGH FOR 4 FISHERMEN TO BE COMFORTABLE AS WELL AS ALLOWING FOR A NICE CRUISING PLATFORM. THERE ARE TWO 5' LONG FISH BOXES FLOOR MOUNTED PORT AND STARBOARD WHICH CAN DOUBLE AS DRY STORAGE. TO AFT BETWEEN THE FISH BOXES IS A FLOOR MOUNTED LIVE BAIT WELL. TO FORWARD PORT THE OPTIONAL TACKLE STATION/COMPANION SEAT HAS A SINK WITH FRESH WATER TANK AND HAS PLENTY OF DRY STORAGE FOR TACKLE, ETC. TO FORWARD STARBOARD THE HELM HAS GOOD VISIBILITY EVEN AS THE BOW RAISES TO PLANE. THE OPTIONAL LEANING POST IS MORE COMFORTABLE THAN THE STANDARD SEAT. HATCHES ALLOW GOOD ACCESS TO FUEL TANK FITTINGS, BILGE PUMPS, PLUMBING AND WIRING.

Cabin: THE CUDDY CABIN IS A SIMPLE DESIGN WITH A V BERTH AND STROAGE CABINETS PORT AND STARBOARD AGAINST THE MIDSHIPS BULKHEAD. THERE ARE ALSO 3 STORAGE COMPARTMENTS IN THE V BERTH PLATFORM. A PORT-A-POTTY IS HOUSED BELOW THE V BERTH A MIDSHIPS. THE STARBOARD STORAGE CABINET ALSO ALLOWS EXCELLENT ACCESS TO THE BACK OF THE HELM WIRING, STEERING, ETC. ALTHOUGH THE FLUSH DECK DESIGN ALLOWS FOR A WIDER CABIN THAN WALK AROUND DESIGNS, THE CABIN IS RATHER SMALL WITH NO STANDING HEAD ROOM. IT CAN SLEEP 2 PEOPLE WHO LIKE IT RATHER "COZY". FORWARD OF THE V BERTH IS AN ANCHOR ROPE LOCKER WHICH EASILY HOLDS 300' OF 1/2" LINE.

Construction: THIS HULL IS BUILT LIKE A TANK. WITH THE DEEP "V" 23 DEGREE TRANSOM DEADRISE IT SLICES THROUGH 3 TO 4 FOOT SEA EASILY AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS. THE HULL IS FOAM FILLED TO THE GUNNELS WHICH GIVES THIS BOAT A QUIET SOLID RIDE. AFTER 18 TOUGH YEARS THE ORIGINAL GEL COAT STILL SHINES BETTER THAN SOME NEWER BOATS AND THE NON SLIP DECKS STILL DO THEIR JOB.

Handling: THE TWIN 200 HP YAMAHA V6 OUTBOARDS POWER THIS HULL TO A CRUISING SPEED OF 24 TO 26 KNOTS AT 3800 RPM WHILE BURNING A TOTAL OF 16 GPH. AT 5400 RPM THE TOP SPEED IS 46 TO 48 KNOTS BUT BURNS A WHOPPING TOTAL OF 28 GPH. THROUGH A ROUGH SEA IT IS A FAST AND DRY RIDE. THIS IS A GREAT BOAT FOR TOURNAMENT FISHING, DIVING AND ESPECIALLY ISLAND RUNNING. IT GOES ANYWHERE.

Engine Room: THE TWIN 200 YAMAHA V6 OUTBOARDS ARE 1987 VINTAGE. THEY DON'T QUIT. CARBURETED AND OIL INJECTED THE ARE VERTUALLY TROUBLE FREE.

General Comments: I LOVE THIS BOAT. I LOVE THE WAY MAKO MADE THESE HULLS IN THE 1980'S. I'VE BEEN IN 10+' SEAS MANY TIMES RUNNING THE BAHAMAS OR FISHING SOUTH FLORIDA WATERS AND HAD NO DOUBT THAT THIS MAKO HULL AND YAMAHA POWER WOULD GET US HOME.

Email Address: REELRIOT85@AOL.COM


Date Submitted: 2003-05-20

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