Mako Marine has produced flats boats for many years, but last year the company pulled them all off the showroom floor and completely reengineered its line of shallow-water skiffs. The result is a new Inshore series with models of 15, 17 and 20 feet. The largest of the three, the 2000 Inshore, is designed to be a versatile, all-around light-tackle skiff capable of meeting the needs of both conventional and fly anglers.
The primary change in the redesigned Mako comes in the new, patent-pending hull design. Mako engineers inverted the chine and tucked it below the waterline, creating what it calls."uiet glide rails."The result: no slap, good stability and straight tracking.
Three stern livewells come standard in the 2000 Inshore, as does the poling platform, center console, push-pole holders, under-gunwale rod racks, two forward dry-storage compartments, trim tabs, hydraulic steering and tilt helm. The Mako has plenty of options to choose from as well. Fly anglers will appreciate the hydraulic jack plate, fly line retainer and lockable under-gunwale rod storage, among others.
Like all Makos, the 2000 Inshore is built using hand-laid fiberglass techniques with heavy-duty encapsulated transoms. This results in a boat that's typically heavier than those from other manufacturers, though Mako suggests that sometimes weight has its advantages, including easier poling in a crosswind and added structural integrity. Despite the weight, the models achieve drafts on par with other similar-sized models; the 2000 Inshore floats in 11 inches of water.
The 2000 Inshore is available with engine packages ranging from 150 to 175 hp, with base prices ranging from $25,870 to $30,430.