The storied reputation of Mako Boats keeps getting better as its engineers and designers continue to build on the legacy, refining the ride, sweetening the creature comforts and making Makos like this 214 CC far more lethal.
It is clearly hard-core, equipped with the livewell-in-leaning-post option and dual batteries for keeping the pumps and electronics happy all day long. The livewell itself is state of the art with calming oval interior, a side drain instead of standpipe and access below the leaning post to service plumbing.
The coaming pads all around give anglers more comfortable purchase at the gunwale when fighting a fish, and the optional toe rails are fitted to port and starboard for security when wiring or gaffing fish. For bottom fishing or cast-netting, our tester was equipped with an optional bow deck insert. Beneath it, a stowage locker keeps fish or net buckets and is accessible with the platform in place. Bow rails are securely fastened along the port and starboard sides and set on a beveled edge, keeping them from protruding above the gunwale to snag rods or lines.
Factory-installed outriggers are optional, and we’d suggest they be added to the equipment list for pursuing pelagics. The anchor locker is plenty large for chain and rode and a fluke anchor.
Mako offers plenty of optional bling for family fun too. Ours had the slide-out head in the console compartment for privacy and convenience. Optional cushions on the forward casting deck enhance day-cruising comfort and fun by creating a sun lounge. A cooler beneath the forward console seat keeps refreshments chilly. Optional aft seats fold forward to give access to bilge area plumbing and equipment.
The 214 CC was plenty responsive with the 250 Verado — as it should have been since this is max power. It’s standard with a 200, a power level that would provide adequate performance for smaller loads. The hull design offered a great combination of inshore/nearshore capabilities, ideal for patrolling beaches and bottom structures on nice days outside and inlets and bays on less friendly days outside the cut. Mako’s reputation is solid with the new 214 CC, and its luster is improved with many features.
*Our test boat boasted the optional tempered-glass windshield, a worthwhile option for long-term ownership satisfaction.
*An overhead electronics box is ideal for a VHF and stereo system.
*A fuel capacity of 92 gallons is generous for a boat its size and enables long runs without refueling.
*Graphics and stainless-steel rub rail add to its great look.
*Four rocket launchers fit the T-top.
*There’s a spot specially styled to receive the optional compass, a necessary option on any boat heading out of the inlet.
How We Tested
Engine: Mercury Verado 250
Drive/Prop: Mirage Plus 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 45 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
65,990 (as tested)
Mako Marine Springfield, Missouri; 417-873-4985; mako-boats.com