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Boat Reviews By Owners

1988 -- 17' 0" MAKO

Model: 171 Tuppens Tournament Edition

Cockpit: This was my first "real" boat after a childhood growing up with a 15ft. Tuppens Torino for those of you that can remember those (and I'm only 32!). Mine was 6 years old when I bought it. Like all older Makos all you need is some rubbing compound and a few hours and they look like new again. Mine was oxidized which actually is very good for the "good" gelcoat underneath it. They clean up very nice and this boat was no exception. The interior of the 17 is simple...perfect boat for the solo angler or the wife / girlfriend.


Construction: For a little boat these (anyone before 1994) are built like tanks...hull weight alone is approx 1250 lbs. before motor, fuel, gear, and people. Very solid...always check the transom and deck before purchasing because they are cored with marine plywood...very strong but prone to water intrusion and ultimately rot.

Handling: Simply put....great riding small boat period!!...Many a time spent fishing off Palm Beach in the winter in seas that were every bit of 3-5ft. with the 6 footer every once in a while. Did you get wet? Yeah..was it fun? Sometimes...didn't matter the fact was that the boat could take and I felt safe. A nasty inlet was no problem with discretion and common sense.

Engine Room: At the time..Johnson 90 2-stroke..about 38mph at WOT. All weekend on twenty dollars worth of gas which was nice and when pump gas was $1.20 a gallon.

General Comments: A boat I would love to own again especially if I could track down the one I had...Perfect for the Keys, inshore, offshore, and the sandbar. Simple, affordable, good looking, and well built. Older ones make good project boats. Prices have ranged from $3500 for ones that need TLC to $13K for immaculate tricked out ones.

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Date Submitted: 2004-12-17

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