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Old 10-27-2017, 04:07 AM
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So I've had several classic Mako's in the past so I've always been a big mako fan. I've been looking at the new mako bay boats. I have read some terrible reviews about the boat and service over the last several years but everything negative seems to be around 5 or 6 years ago. Can anyone vouch for the new 2017-18 models?
Old 10-27-2017, 06:04 AM
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I read the same chatter online about Mako. As you noted, most of the chatter seems to be from 5-6 years ago or it is about the smaller skiffs.

After careful consideration, we went ahead and ordered the Mako 214 in Pompano Silver with Merc Verado 250. Dealer emailed on Wednesday to say boat went to rigging so hopefully we will be able to take delivery in the next few weeks. I will provide more feedback then.

I have friends who are Mako owners and have positive things to say about their boats. I liked the specs on Mako a lil better than some of the other brands in this area (Sea Hunt for example). I believe the Mako 214 will work out good for us. Mainly for cruising the ICW to Destin and nearshore fishing within 20 miles on calm days.
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New 2018 Mako 214 should be ready to bring home tomorrow. Just waiting for electronics installation.

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Great looking boat man! Hope you enjoy it!
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Congrats. A "21 ft" boat that takes a 250 and seats 10 people is N I C E.
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Hard to get honest reviews here on THT. For whatever reason there is bias against new Makos here. Most people mention Bass Pro or stories from friends of friends. A few people even make up stuff about shoddy construction. Its strange really. Anyway they are very well thought out in terms of layout and function. Their nonskid is better than most of the other brands that THT loves like Cobia. Check them out. If the boat fits your needs, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.
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Agreed. I am anxious to get this one wet so I can report back on quality/performance. I looked at build specs of the Mako versus many other manufacturers available in my area. The Mako stacked up favorably in terms of dry hull weight, dead rise, etc. Even versus some of the higher tiered boats in same size class like Cobia.
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Mako Lawsuits

Don't know if they're still owned by Tracker marine, but they (Tracker marine) has a poor reputation for standing behind their product.
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Mako Lawsuits

Don't know if they're still owned by Tracker marine, but they (Tracker marine) has a poor reputation for standing behind their product.
Tracker Marine still produces the Mako line.

Have fun on the new boat. Post up some pics.
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A few people even make up stuff about shoddy construction. Its strange really.
Can you support your assertion or are you just making it up?
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Originally Posted by amr72 View Post
Hard to get honest reviews here on THT. For whatever reason there is bias against new Makos here. Most people mention Bass Pro or stories from friends of friends. A few people even make up stuff about shoddy construction. Its strange really. Anyway they are very well thought out in terms of layout and function. Their nonskid is better than most of the other brands that THT loves like Cobia. Check them out. If the boat fits your needs, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.
Go to Bass Pro and look at the makos yourself, a lot of the rumors are true. Last time I went there one the CCs had a big glob of 5200 dried on the deck.
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You realize that link is from 2004, right? LOL
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fine looking boat. enjoy and share a review after next summer.
Makos rep:
OG boats from the 70's still desirable to buy and rehab. they were built like proverbial tanks.

Quality and rep unarguably suffered in the late 80's and 90's with serious structural issues.
Brunswick or Tracker cranked them out in mass quantity and they were a entry level boat with entry level attn to detail and build quality.

today: I personally dunno? Last time I walked on one at a Bass pro I was not impressed but that was at LEAST 5 years ago.

I am sure you and your family will enjoy being on the water. let us know
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Originally Posted by BostonWhalerSeaHunt View Post
Go to Bass Pro and look at the makos yourself, a lot of the rumors are true. Last time I went there one the CCs had a big glob of 5200 dried on the deck.
This!

Last week I went to the Miami Bass Pro and I always walk through the boats. They have a 26 that says sold but the bow eye is missing and has 2 nice open holes where it is supposed to be. The also have a 21 that already has rust stains coming from behind the bow eye, this is on a brand new boat! I have pictures on my phone, let me see if I can get them for you.

Fast forward to this week, the same 26 that was marked as "sold" last week is now for sale again and I know its the same one because its still missing the bow eye

Those who have no idea about boats will love the simplicity of boat shopping at the mall.
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Originally Posted by CheddarMan View Post
This!

Last week I went to the Miami Bass Pro and I always walk through the boats. They have a 26 that says sold but the bow eye is missing and has 2 nice open holes where it is supposed to be. The also have a 21 that already has rust stains coming from behind the bow eye, this is on a brand new boat! I have pictures on my phone, let me see if I can get them for you.

Fast forward to this week, the same 26 that was marked as "sold" last week is now for sale again and I know its the same one because its still missing the bow eye

Those who have no idea about boats will love the simplicity of boat shopping at the mall.
Since Mako doesn't offer a 26' I would like to see the photos.
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You realize that link is from 2004, right? LOL
Yep. Go over to Walleye Central for more recent feedback regarding tracker marine customer service. They don't have a good reputation.
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Originally Posted by TheBoatYard View Post
Since Mako doesn't offer a 26' I would like to see the photos.
Sorry it was the 284. Ill get you the pictures ASAP. I have no service at work so no way of getting the pictures from my phone to my computer atm. Granted its a picture of the affected area.

Actually I have one from the transom of the 284. Ill upload that one too. You can match the hull colors and it shows the Bass Pro xmas decorations in case you tell me its not a Mako or it wasn't sitting in the showroom at a bass pro.
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Like I said. THT is not the site to ask for unbiased feedback on new Makos. Enjoy your new boat. Please report back as to whether or not you think you bought an inferior product...
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