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Old 10-09-2020, 11:28 AM
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I don't think a 28' Mako for $181k seems all that affordable. I feel like they are OK boats; not bad, not top tier. But it's been a couple years since the last time I crawled around in one.

Check out the used pricing, compare to some of the more expensive boats, and see what your real cost of ownership over 3-5 years is likely to be.

Better yet, look at what a $150k budget gets you in a 3-5 year old, top tier boat.
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IMO there are less "bells and whistles" than some of the direct competitors. I would not compare it to a bayliner. I would keep it in your boats of interest, depending upon what that interest is.

That specific boat seems pretty optioned out. 2020 models base was 125K, with less hp verados. Joystick option is pricey and seems right at the point of being justified and trailer is about 10K.

Rather than buy through Bass Pro, I would buy from a dealer.







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@Texas17. I’m looking at new boats, zero hours. You can’t touch a Yellowfin 29 , Contender or Regulator with these options for this amount. If you can afford $150k, 181k isn’t going to matter, for me that is.
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Sounds like you are going through something like what I went through a few month ago.

You can't touch YF, Cont. or Reg for a comparable amount. Around me, Edgewater and Sea Hunt would be more of a dollars ballpark comparison.
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There's a reason why people refer to them as Mako and not classic Mako. Anything they sell at a box store is a price point boat. And there's nothing wrong with them there not a a true Mako like the classic ones. Old Makos we're tanks new ones...well there better than a Proline.
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@Texas17. I’m looking at new boats, zero hours. You can’t touch a Yellowfin 29 , Contender or Regulator with these options for this amount. If you can afford $150k, 181k isn’t going to matter, for me that is.
That’s true, but Mako isn’t in the same class as those boats.

Quality seems to be more in like with Sea Hunt, Robalo, Sportsman and the like, but the Makos are more expensive than those other 3.

The price difference in the 23-24 size is even more significant for some reason.

Mako 236- about $112k
Sea Hunt 234, Sportsman 242 or Robalo 242- about $85k


All the boats above are good boats, including the Mako. But if you are price point shopping, definitely worth looking at some of the other brands to see which you like best for the $$.


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If you can swing it OP and are ready to buy , do yourself a favor and go to the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and see what all is out there. Then you can compare everything at one place.
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Originally Posted by peacemon View Post
If you can swing it OP and are ready to buy , do yourself a favor and go to the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and see what all is out there. Then you can compare everything at one place.
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I took a 23 for a sea trial at the Miami Boat show in 2017, the water was rough and the ride was ok but not fantastic. Mako is owned by White River (Bass Pro/Tracker) and manufactured in Miami, Oklahoma. I was invited to the factory for a tour when i was rebuilding my Mako 25 but never made it. I would buy one if the price was right on a used Mako but don't know if I would spend the money on a new one.
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Why not a Cobia?
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Here you go. 2017 Onslow Bay with twin 300's with only 170 hours. Boat is in mint cond.

165K OBO.

Amazing boat for that price.

2017 27’ Onslow Bay with 170 hours

Another beautiful boat.

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Unless you have to buy new, $181,000 puts you in some top notch stuff that isn't old
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Yep I would take that 27 Onslow over a new Mako any day.
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I don’t think you’d pay MSRP on that 28 mako. Real world you can get at least 20%+ Off that price.
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You asked so I'll give you my opinion. I'm a Yamaha guy but I love the new Mercury V8's. What I don't like, and it's just my opinion, is a supercharged motor in the marine environment.
And I quickly glanced at the Onslow Bay noted above. All day every day over the Mako.
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midtier boats make sense for the budget minded folks and the smaller boats. But get into the 28,30 and bigger.boats then the value versus money spent isn't worth it in many cases.

Because you can get a slighty used well made boat for near the same price.
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Originally Posted by Pipo6007 View Post
I don’t think you’d pay MSRP on that 28 mako. Real world you can get at least 20%+ Off that price.
Mako puts the “no haggle price” on their website.
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I know he's paid to rep the brand, but George Poveromo fished the 28 for years before jumping up to the 33. Granted, we probably don't know all the times (if any) he had to get things fixed. However, do you think someone, who makes their living on the water, would go out to sea in something he didn't trust?
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Honestly, you could do so much better for that price, especially if you are willing to look at something slightly used. Also, joystick steering on a 28ft twin engine boat is just a waste of 20K and a gimmick for people who don't want to learn how to dock a boat properly.

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