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Old 08-20-2007, 09:02 AM
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I was at Bass Pro shops yesterday, I a saw a 23' Mako center console for $72000. IS this right? That seems way overpriced. I haven't shopped boats in a while but wow.

Is this the norm now?

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This is straight from the Mako site...http://www.mako-boats.com/boat/index.cfm?boat=2076
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The boat I saw did have 2 motors, but that wouldn't add $30k to it. I couldn't believe the price. But it definatley said $72k,
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I wouldn't call that the norm, but it is not out that of line. When shopping for a new 22-24' CC, I saw prices from $40k to $90k. YES, $90k for a 24' CC.
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Loaded 24' mckee msrp is $109, forget about Regulator$$$

23' mako for $72? HOLY $HIT.
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no way I would pay it, that boat looked worth $50k at the most. Hell they had pontoon boats there for $30k and up. Oh well I guess someone is buying them?
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You think that price is crazy....you should hear how much the one that CAN be in the sun wihtout cracking costs.....whoo that will put a hurtin on your bank account
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My sales experience at Bass Pro was fine - Service - well that another story. Thankfully I did not need much - and is was all small stuff. 350 hours and loving it. I just don't go back there for service. This boat equipped as you see it less electronics was about 90K. And its pretty damn good in the rough stuff.
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Always been a Mako fan. I was looking at a used 251 at Bass Pro in Lauderdale several years ago.
The mgr said the price was the price take it or leave it. I said well depending on a survey and I'll let you know. Within 5 minutes he said this boat has been in a big crash, must have hit a piling...this entire side has been pushed in and here is the repair. Nuff said I paid the surveyor and continued looking.
Mgr called and said I thought you were going to have a surveyer look at the boat...I said I did and the told him about the damage. Said I would not give you 3K for that boat.
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Bottom line is Johnny Morris does not fish in a Mako and most likely does not shop in his stores. Capt. Harry's or LMR tackle is the place to shop.
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I have a friend at work that owns a Mako 22 Bay. It has been at the dealer (Tracker Marine in Key Largo)which is no longer open, than he has had it at his house. The last time he took it over there for fiberglass work they told him Mako will no longer cover any fiberglass work. The boat is only 2 years old. Now he has to take it to Bass Pro to finish what the other dealer didnt. I told him not to hold his breath with Bass Pro, since I think they know nothing about boats. And yes there prices are insane.
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i made a mistake and bought a boat from a BP dealer,what a frikin nightmare.i won't buy a hook from them again
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I can understand and feel for all your experiences. Thankfully mine was not like that. I saw the writing on the walls the first and only time I brought the boat in for service. Bu I honestly feel that as a boat, Mako has improved again, and the factory responds instantly to any question I have. The problem is the corporate hierarchy of translating it to the retail level. But I am happy with my boat, I love the layout, and the only problems that I have had - and they were small issues were from BPS work. I met the service manager at the Miami show - he was the 3rd since we bought the boat 20 months ago. seemed like a nice guy, and I hope that he has turned it around. I however will not find out, as I lack a truck or trailer to tow the beast, and a local family/employee earned dealer has earned my respect and business.
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Mako's website has their 23 foot center console with 225 HP Optimax starting at $48,295 - no options & no trailer.

Since the 1970's when I was a teenager, I always loved the Makos. Now, I hardly ever see new Makos in the bay in Maryland. I see mostly the older 70's, 80's and 90's Mako's. I question how they are staying in business. Now, I would buy a Robalo, Grady, Pursuit, HS Vector, Boston Whaler, Parker and many others before a Mako. I wish Mako would have stayed a private company.
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I wish I had more $ - I would have got the Southport(I love that boa) but I really do like the layout of this Mako. It is the biggest 28 out there and it is rugged, the fit and finish is not A quality, but the price was right, we liked the layout, and structurally it is sound, we have put it to many a test on days a lot of people would have stayed home. I am more than happy to take anyone for a ride after my ankle heals and I can boat again
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:26 PM
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Makosteve66,

Your 28 Mako looks awesome from your picture. You are right,,,the fit and finish on the new Mako's is not A quality.
Last summer, I looked at buying a new 212 CC. I was disappointed by the fit and finish on the 212 CC. I like the fit and finish on Grady's 20 foot CC much better.
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How is the price comparison? a similar grady or pursuit would be 40K more than my Mako. A regulator or contender about 60K. I knew that going in. But I got a steady, reliable beast of a boat, that really has had nothing but small problems, most I fixed myself (with the help of some friends). I almost consider buying it w/o a warranty. But like I said the factory has been there when I needed it.

I have completer confidence in the seaworthiness of the boat and motors and would not hesitate taking it way offshore. I grew up in the Northeast Canyons and have run boats professionally from 31 Bertrams to 65 hatteras. This boat is solid. So what that the liner in the head has a small gap - I am thinking about taking it all together. better access to the wiring. Its amazing, the factory wiring is neat and clean, dealer added is a "birds nest"

Boat has plenty of uninterrupted room, like I said before - very big for a 28'4". It has a 9'10" beam and 6500 lbs dry



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Just rescued a nice guy in a brand new (3rd trip out) Mako tonight. Some kind of loose connection behind the main circuit breaker for the helm. While I was taking apart his boat and trying to explain what was going on, noticed there was a half inch of fiberglass dust down in the console, guess the BPS electronics installers don't have shop-vacs either. PS couldn't get to the back of the switch to really see what was going on, the panel was wedged in by the battery cables... Shame, the boat seemed pretty nice.
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makosteve: do you find that bow pulpit (piping) to get in your way when fishing, docking, cleaning? i like that boat except that piping.. can you post some more pics please....
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The 284 still has the railing the 26 does not, it has the hand level rail like contender and many others. Honestly, the bow rail does not bother me at all. Our last 2 boats were a wooden 37' Post Flybridge, and then 18 years with a custom 35' express command bridge (4 steps up). Both were not walk-a-rounds and had bow rails.

The Mako does not really need the bow rail. The boat is plenty deep, but like I said, I don't feel it gets in the way at all, never really thought about it. I like the fact that it is there when my 5 year old is on board, but he is not coming with me when its rough. I go plenty of pics, what do you want to see?











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