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Old 02-22-2016, 03:31 PM
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Default Mako 284/Rec Tuna boat?

Was a the Boston show this weekend and looking around at all the boats. Never been to this event and it was pretty nice to get an idea of the boats we are looking at online and have the wife and I actually get in and compare (best thing besides a water test run). Saw the Mako and was very competively priced to the other boats we have on the list (Cobia 27, Striper 27 and the higher priced ones like the Grady's, Whalers or Aberlmarle). Have a R200 and been tuna fishing last couple years out of it and it's not a tuna fishing boat for sure. Great boat but single motor isn't ideal and need something drier and sturdier getting through the sloop and cold. One problem with a show like that is you also open your eyes to other boats you didn't think of like the downeast style boats which seem like great tuna boats and still able to go get strikers and fluke when kicking around the bay's. So a long way to get to the point...anyone have any experience with Makos at all. Sturdy hull and ride-dry etc.? And I know it's been beaten to death but, other ideas for boats. I trailer now which is great but not gonna be able to in that size it seems and want a boat that can get to the bank and around P town to Chatham when need be.
Old 02-22-2016, 04:46 PM
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My friend has a 2008 28 Grady 283 release center console with low hours (under 350) on twin Yamaha 250s which is a great boat for fishing around P Town. It has out riggers auto pilot swivel rod holders etc and less than 1/2 the price of a new one before rigging. It is in great condition and listed around 80 at Cataumet Boats. We caught lots of tuna on it despite infrequent trips, never had to turn back due to weather but we were a bit picky...
Best part is that it flies so travel time is reduced if you only have a 1/2 day. I would have bought it but I had a hard stop on my mooring of 25'.
Old 02-22-2016, 04:56 PM
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I can't say enough about GW 283. Purchased new in 2005 with same power. Used heavily for 5 years until the economy hit the tank! You will not go wrong. I had 2,500 hours in five years before I sold her. Good luck!
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Newer Makos are nice and the pricing is good, not like the old Makos but decent.
You can get allot of bang for your buck with a Cobia also.
Buying new is great for many reasons such as extended warranties, no prior unknown issues and damage to a boat and you can rig it the way YOU want, but you throw away a ton of money the second you take it home with the new price mark up that you can never recoup.
Buying used can be a great way to get a bigger, better well made boat for a better deal if you do your homework, search around well and can strike a good deal
Good luck
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My first boat was a Mako. 22' Center console. It was a great fishing boat but is was hard riding and wet. Not sure how much that design has changed over the years.
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Originally Posted by fatalbert View Post
My first boat was a Mako. 22' Center console. It was a great fishing boat but is was hard riding and wet. Not sure how much that design has changed over the years.
My friend has the same boat.

With all due respect to Mako owners - I am not a huge fan of the ride - even my friend admits that my 21 Grady rides better and we usually take that instead to head offshore (yes I wish I had a bigger boat with twins). Always seems like wet/rough ride for the boat size. Granted he is not the best driver.

His boat also rides with a tilt to one side which my best guess would be that it is waterlogged somehow. This could be very specific to his boat but its incredibly annoying riding a boat tilting to one side.

I know alot of that is more subjective analysis... and many probably love Makos and have had zero issues.
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Originally Posted by fatalbert View Post
My first boat was a Mako. 22' Center console. It was a great fishing boat but is was hard riding and wet. Not sure how much that design has changed over the years.
Bass Pro owns Mako, and trashed all the 95 and prior designs.
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Exactly what is a "Rec Tuna boat"
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Originally Posted by likwid View Post
Bass Pro owns Mako, and trashed all the 95 and prior designs.
didnt know that!
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Thanks guys. Edge I just meant personal (recreational) tuna fishing boat not a commercial boat. Seems a lot of good info. out there on the Grady's and Albermarles.....decisions decesions....
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To answer your question about Mako, this is not an hearsay, this is fact, I own a Mako 234. In my opinion they are the best value for your hard earn money. If I read this site before I bought 3 of my Mako's over the last 15 years, I probably never would have bought them. That would have been my loss. My Mako 234 handles the ocean better than a 25 ft. BW or GW. The reason I can verify that statement is that I fish off the Texas Coast with 2 buddies that own a GW and a BW. They rather go in my boat because of the ride in 3-5 foot swells.

As far as quality issues, maybe I am lucky but I have never had an issue with my 2001 Mako 192, 2007 Mako 212, or 2014 Mako 234..I recently talked with senior management at Tracker and they are trying to rectify all perceived quality issues by offering the best bow to stern warranty in the business and a lifetime hull warranty. I know of no other Boat Manufacturer that offers such a warranty, including BW and GW.

I consider Mako to be a very good offshore boat with a great warranty, best of luck to you!!!
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Originally Posted by Capewill View Post
My friend has a 2008 28 Grady 283 release center console with low hours (under 350) on twin Yamaha 250s which is a great boat for fishing around P Town. It has out riggers auto pilot swivel rod holders etc and less than 1/2 the price of a new one before rigging. It is in great condition and listed around 80 at Cataumet Boats. We caught lots of tuna on it despite infrequent trips, never had to turn back due to weather but we were a bit picky...
Best part is that it flies so travel time is reduced if you only have a 1/2 day. I would have bought it but I had a hard stop on my mooring of 25'.
Looks like someone is buying it. That and a 306 Bimini of the same year. Both went under agreement in two days.
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Figures. Was going to go look at that and others this weekend.
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Originally Posted by Clopes View Post
Figures. Was going to go look at that and others this weekend.
Sent PM- wasn't a done deal as of today. If the interested party does close on the deal I think I saw a similar one listed at anglers edge for a boat in Falmouth that also looked well rigged. One thing i neglected to mention in my earlier post was that I have fished out of a Mako 17 for 30 years (my dad bought it new in 86) and our family is still using it as the "bay boat". I can only say great things about that hull. Side note- My brother landed a 220 lb tuna on it solo, caught it on a bunker spoon bass fishing. He had to jump up and down on the bow to get the transom to dip enough to haul it in using the painter. I would buy another Mako in a heartbeat.
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I am not disrespecting the Mako, but I've had a HS Vector addiction... I am on my third one and am selling this one. Have run my 2800 for tuna and it is, to me, the best production boat in it's class for the money.
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Originally Posted by redbambam View Post
I recently talked with senior management at Tracker and they are trying to rectify all perceived quality issues by offering the best bow to stern warranty in the business and a lifetime hull warranty.
Including their own shady loan deals?
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Personally, I hate center consoles for any kind of offshore fishing. In the northeast it really makes no sense.

You get no protection from the elements, you have no place way to do over nights, you will get wet, you have issues with storage. Nowhere to take a nap out of the sun. You have the hassle of having to deal with outboard engines. You have the hassle of trying to get the fish in the boat.

Tuna fishing is about putting in a lot of time. Frequently the fish bite on the sloppiest days. Late in the season, Oct, Nov, you are going to have some excellent fishing but will be miserable in a CC. I see guys doing it all the time but that doesn't mean it's practical.

Center consoles are for day trippers. Guys who do run and gun. People who fish inshore or want to take their family to the beach...... They are great for bass fishing.....

Not saying you can't do it but an inboard diesel is preferable. A boat with a cabin is huge.

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