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Mako Pro 17 Skiff CC

Mako’s Pro 17 Skiff CC delivers a terrific bay and flats boating value.

December 16, 2011
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We tested this all-fiberglass, foam-core-filled center-console complete with a four-stroke 60 hp Mercury outboard. Nonskid surfaces on the sole, and standard bow and stern casting platforms make footing secure. So does the unique Advanced Inverted V-hull design. Two deep outer sponsons and a shallow center sponson make it as steady as a duck while at rest, and as nimble and graceful as a swan on the fly.

While many catamarans lean outboard in turns, Mako’s AIV hull rolls reassuringly inboard. In S-turns, the boat held its way, but did lurch slightly as it reversed direction and the center sponson climbed over the inward-turning sponson’s wake. That peculiarity was insignificant in comparison to the boat’s soft ride, quick to-plane times and satisfying top speed of 33 mph — while burning less than five gallons of gas per hour. The rolled gunwale edges redirect spray for a drier ride.

Economy was even greater in the 16-foot version with a Merc 40 four-stroke, which also just ticked 30 mph.

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A cooler seat, vertical rod holders, livewell and a 1,000 gph bilge pump fill out the standard-equipment list. What more could you want? A trailer? Oh, that’s included in the price too.

Key Features
-Windshield and stainless-steel grab rail add comfort and security.
-Rolled-edge construction turns away the spray for a drier ride.
-Impressively precise sealed seams are between casting decks and hull.

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