For what I use the boat for, I think 23 feet is the perfect size. It’s small enough to dip into shallow coves and large enough to run from Boston to Gloucester.

Punch, Mako 23′

Interview with the Captain – Hank Myers

About the Boat

Why did you choose to buy a Mako?
I had been looking for a seaworthy, single engine, center console, with classic lines. After speaking with other boaters in the area and doing research through online boating communities like TheHullTruth and ClassicMako, the Mako seemed to fit all the criteria I was looking for.

What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
From the beginning, I was pretty sold on Mako’s. I had been interested in an older dry hull that I could make upgrades to over the years. I looked at a 21 and a few 224’s, but liked the larger console and forward seating on the 23.

How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
Originally, I had been looking on craigslist and yachtworld. Through word of mouth, I discovered there was one for sale in Marblehead. I knew the boat’s owner and history, so felt comfortable pursuing.

What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
I try to do at least one project a year to the boat. I’ve replaced cushions, powder-coated the windshield, electronics, gas tank, canvas, and re-powered. In addition, I stripped and refinished all the brightwork. Other projects I’m considering are awlgrip and adding a forward dodger. I keep going back and fourth on adding a T-Top but think I’ll hold off for now.

What are the features you like most about your boat?
The deep v-hull is fantastic and makes for a comfortable ride. For what I use the boat for, I think 23 feet is the perfect size. It’s small enough to dip into shallow coves and large enough to run from Boston to Gloucester. There’s also an open layout with a ton of storage.

Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
My dad introduced me to boating at young age. I learned to sail at Pleon and later taught at EYC.

Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
Eastern Yacht Club and Mere Point Yacht Club.

What boats have you previously owned?
My family previously owned a Boston Whaler Montauk 17. Fantastic boat, but certainly appreciate a larger hull outside the harbor.

How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
We typically take the boat over to Sand Dollar, Kettle, Gloucester, and Boston. The past couple of summers I’ve towed the boat up to Casco Bay and explored places like Mere Point, Chebeague, Sebasco, Falmouth, Harraseeket, Harpswell, and Portland.

What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
With all older boats, certain systems will eventually need updating. I’ve had all my servicing through Ryan Marine in Marblehead. Mark and Matt do an excellent job of maintaining and upgrading. Over the years, they’ve replaced the gas tank, electronics, and repowered the boat. In addition, they are quick to respond when issues arise.

Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
The online boating community has been an excellent resource. Facebook groups and boating forums are a great way to connect other owners and ask questions. In addition, the Marblehead community of friends and family. There are far more experienced boaters in the area than myself, so asking for help/advice has been instrumental.

Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Mako like yours?
I would say figure out what you primarily want to use the boat for and go from there. For me, I knew I was looking for something between 20 and 25 feet. Understand that with older Mako’s, your probably going to need to replace the gas tank eventually. If interested, you can typically find Mako’s for sale on Craigslist or yachtworld.

What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
My late grandfather had a small motorboat named Punch. I’ve always liked the name.

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