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mallardhank
LSU Fan
Atlanta
Member since Feb 2006
572 posts

Mako boats
I never see any mention of these boats
Has their quality gone that far to hell since acquired by Bass Pro?
Did a lot of fishing out of a 23' in the 1970's and it was about the best you could get back then.


bbvdd
Alabama Fan
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
14006 posts

re: Mako boats
Not quite Bayliner but very close.


Muice
New Orleans Saints Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2013
1053 posts

re: Mako boats
Have you looked at what their trying to push with their 2018 Offshore models?

41' CC

ETA there's no way in hell im spending half a million on a mako
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namvet6566
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2012
2720 posts

re: Mako boats


Friend has one that is 30 years old, still in great shape, no cracks at all.



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bigbuckdj
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2011
769 posts

re: Mako boats
quote:

acquired by Bass Pro

This has been the death of a few boat brands. I dont have one and I havent rode in one but if it is going the way of the kenner, id stay away.


lion
Member since Aug 2016
87 posts

re: Mako boats
The older Mako hulls are some of the finest ever made. The new ones share only one similarity and that is the name.


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mdomingue
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
3878 posts

re: Mako boats
quote:

Has their quality gone that far to hell since acquired by Bass Pro?
Did a lot of fishing out of a 23' in the 1970's and it was about the best you could get back then.





Based on a recent conversation with a guy who is into boats, wood seems to be the issue. Pretty sure most boats used wood back in 70's but that has apparently changed so a lot of older brands that were once considered good boats are not as highly esteemed. Modern boat design often used little or no wood in boat construction while brands like Mako apparently have not made the transition.

We were actually talking about why he thought Mako's were crap because I recall them being sought after boats years back.


TopWaterTiger
LSU Fan
Lake Charles, LA
Member since May 2006
6953 posts

re: Mako boats
Any mako before 1989 is a good boat. Still would like an old 28 to redo and repower.


Motorboat
LSU Fan
At the camp
Member since Oct 2007
17126 posts

re: Mako boats
Actually any mako before 1998 or 99 is a good boat. I have a 98 and I beat the absolute shite out of it. Hull is still solid as ever.


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CHEDBALLZ
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
13114 posts

re: Mako boats
Quality gas gone down sin the takeover by BP. With that said, the 19' Pro Skiff will probably be the boat I buy if I buy new.


AlxTgr
LSU Fan
Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
53654 posts

re: Mako boats
I really want the 18 LTS


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Here
Member since Jan 2011
48504 posts

re: Mako boats
They still use wood?


mdomingue
LSU Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Nov 2010
3878 posts

re: Mako boats
quote:

They still use wood?




Not positive, just what my friend said he thought. I don't know why anyone would, honestly.


eng08
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2013
3043 posts

re: Mako boats
There is no reason to use wood in a boat anymore, the foam sheets provide a much better structural core for the glass than wood does.

Now they are probably cutting costs on the foam type, layers of glass, and attention to detail in the layup/ production process.

You can have the material and design worked out great, but if the migrant worker slapping boats together doesn't put the rib in the correct place or put enough resin on the joint to properly bond it then you get a poor quality boat.

I have seen it dozens of times in sailboats especially.


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CHEDBALLZ
South Central LA
Member since Dec 2009
13114 posts

re: Mako boats
The one I linked is all composite. Wood isn't all that bad if done right. I have a buddy with a fiberglass over wood shrimp boat that is 6O years old and still working.


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PT24-7
Member since Jul 2013
1108 posts

re: Mako boats
what did Bass Pro change in the Mako after acquiring them that has made them inferior?


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El Jefe
LSU Fan
_______(\___ southeast of disorder
Member since Jan 2004
1040 posts

re: Mako boats
I worked with a guy that bought one about 5 years ago. Went with him on the maiden voyage, the Mako stick-on letters on the gunwale fell off during the trip from Denham Springs to Lake Pontchartrain.

About a year later he had this problem...
"This is a great boat, but I had a problem today with my center console slipped off it's mounting base and fell onto the deck. After looking at the way MAKO has adhearded the console to the mounting base, it looks like there was no fiberglass/epoxy in the groove that the console sits in or if the was it was not the correct amount."

His freaking console fell off. What a piece of crap. This guy was meticulous, was in the Navy, had plenty of $, and would research the hell out of every purchase. How he ended up with a Mako was beyond me.


Motorboat
LSU Fan
At the camp
Member since Oct 2007
17126 posts

re: Mako boats
I had that issue with my console. It's the one complaint I have about the build of the hull.


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