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Old 10-04-2006, 09:50 PM
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Anyone have any comments on the new Mako 21'? I am searching all boats in the 21-23' range. I know Mako went through some a period of not so good boats but how are they now?

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You don't say what are your plans for the boat.

If you are basically looking for family fun and near shore fishing, the Mako has a lot to offer for the price. If you have other plans, and have the money, consider other brand as Contender, Regulator or even Seacraft. The later also built by the Mako people.

I own a 221 built during the "bad period" and it has been very reliable in 6 years. Feels confortable (for a 21 footer) when seas get choppy coming back, however, I don't go out more than 6 or 8 miles offshore. Also, lot of different age Mako's in the 17 to 25 foot range in my marina, and they all seem to last a long time.

If like going fast in calm waters, it should go over 50 with a 250.

For a mid-tier boat is not a bad decision.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:08 AM
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Thx SW2...I am looking at the Regulators,Contenders, and even Seacraft along with several others. I havn't heard anything lately about the Mako's and was wondering about the quality issues (if any). I will be using the boat as a Family(10%) and fishing boat. I'll probably run out ~30-40 miles and fish with others, on thier boats, when we go further out.
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The Mako 212 is a solid, well made boat. There is decent cockpit space for fishing given that it's a 21' boat with a "Euro-style" transom. The console will allow the flush mounting of probably one 8' display and 1 or 2 smaller pieces of electronics (say a VHF and stereo), so you can get the electronics you need for offshore fishing. The main shortcoming I see is that if you're into fishing with live bait, the built in baitwell is too small (15 gal) and there's no room for a second baitwell.

With an 8'6" beam and 18 degrees of deadrise, a 200hp should be a good engine to hang on the transom. If you like speed or run a heavy load, go with a 225hp. Can't think of any reason to max the hp out at 250. PowerBoat Reports did a review of the 212 shortly after Mako released it. You can contact them a pay for the back issue (Oct '03).

http://www.powerboat-reports.com/iss...es/5373-1.html

Mako's built at the new factory in NC are well made. The good news is that Tracker Marine has a "hands-off" management philosophy, so the team in place gets to make the decisions and are held accountable for their product.

With any boat purchase, don't let the smell of new gelcoat keep you from checking the boat out thoroughly before turning over the check to the dealer -- regardless of what boat you buy. Given the price of boats these days, I'd pay a surveyor to check it out before delivery and produce a "punch list" for the dealer to work off before I took delivery.

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It's a decent boat...but imo there are better 21 footers out there for the same or less money. Don't buy without looking at the Sailfish 218.
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Thanks PB. I noticed the live well issue. I don't do much live bait fishing so I don't think it will be an issue. Also it doesn't seem like a lot of room for electronics.
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...Also it doesn't seem like a lot of room for electronics.
Just need to determine your requirements. With today's integrated systems, one large display can replicate what took 2-3 units just a few years ago.

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I looked at Mako and Robalo when I was purchasing a boat. I really liked the Mako but was warned of its wet ride. I looked hard at both but the Robalo's fit and finish won out in the end.
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I thing that you are asking too much to a 21 footer with a 18 degree deadrise. 40 miles is a long run if things get nasty. I would definitely move to a 23 footer, Mako included. If in your area towing services are reliable, a single engine should keep costs down.
About going with a single engine, I know I'm not impartial, but a Japan built engine adds peace of mind to me.
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Don't like the transom! Look at HydraSport and others.
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I agree Seawolf I would only run that far with a buddy system and a good 3 day Burmuda high. I have use of a couple of 25' boats, with twins, to run further than that if I desire. Of course some would say I'm crazy but I currently run a 19' w/F115 ~25mi offshore.

I'll definately sea trial the !@## out of it to see how it rides and handles in sloppy conditions.
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...Also it doesn't seem like a lot of room for electronics.
Just need to determine your requirements. With today's integrated systems, one large display can replicate what took 2-3 units just a few years ago.

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True. I will probably do a similar set up to what I have now except maybe get an Icom VHF w/ remote mic and mount the VHF in the console storage area.
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Ran 90 miles (30 out - 30 parallel the coast - 30 in) on a friends last weekend.

Agree that the baitwell is small and located on the port side of the boat which can make it a PITA if you have multiple people fishing.

When backing down on our spots when bottom fishing we did take water over the stern with the open transom.

Ride was not bad but seas were only 1-2 ft. At times we did catch spray on the ride in.

The 250 verado was flawless for this trip. It was exceptionaly quiet and pushed it well to speeds around 50 MPH BUT a couple weeks prior we had to cancel the trip at the dock because of a throttle position sensor failure

It fished big for a 21 footer and at the end of the day we burned around 36 gallons




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Thanks man that is good info. What do you think about the fit and finish? Also how well do you think this boat will perform offshore in less than perfect (normal) conditions? Cool video!
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Hey Gary,
I have an 06 Mako 212 with a 225 Honda 4 stroke.It is a great boat.It rides like a much bigger boat.Nice wide gunnels.Top speed is 47 with the 225.It's perfect for Long Island sound where I fish.The 18 degree deadrise makes it stable for drift fishing,yet you can take advantage of the deep vee forward, by using the trim tabs when it gets choppy. The kids love the euro transom.No boarding ladder needed.The only mistake I made was going with transom mount transducer .I would recommend thru hull for the 212.Good Luck.
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Hey Gary,
I have an 06 Mako 212 with a 225 Honda 4 stroke.It is a great boat.It rides like a much bigger boat.Nice wide gunnels.Top speed is 47 with the 225.It's perfect for Long Island sound where I fish.The 18 degree deadrise makes it stable for drift fishing,yet you can take advantage of the deep vee forward, by using the trim tabs when it gets choppy. The kids love the euro transom.No boarding ladder needed.The only mistake I made was going with transom mount transducer .I would recommend thru hull for the 212.Good Luck.
Thanks Ricky That is also good info. I have to keep my girls in mind when I do get another boat so I like the ease of getting into the boat and the stability. The more I look at this boat the better I like it. Thanks Again!
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