McKee Craft has built fishing boats for almost four decades, and it recently introduced the Marathon 184 Center Console. Like all McKee Crafts, the new Marathon 184 is 100 percent unsinkable, thanks to its pressure foam-filled hull.
The boat features 100-percent composite PBS (Pressure Bonding System) closed-cell foam core construction, and is built without using wood, eliminating the possibility of rot. In addition, the hull carries a 10-year, limited warranty. McKee Craft builds the deck coring out of a ceramic microfiber for durability and strength, then finishes the hull with a premium ISO/NPG high-flex gelcoat for a tough and resilient finish.
The Marathon 184 boasts an 84-inch-wide beam, which provides a larger footprint in the water for added stability and gives lots of room to move around inside. With a 115-hp Suzuki four-stroke, it will top out near 40 mph at wide-open throttle, but the boat cruises at a comfortable 25 mph. It will also plane in less than three seconds from a dead stop.
McKee Craft refers to the layout of the Marathon 184 as a “bow-casting boat” because of the size of the wide-open and uncluttered foredeck. The rear deck features two transom-mounted aerated and lighted 44-quart livewells and a large enough space from which to fish. The boat has vertical storage for conventional rods and horizontal storage along the gunwales that can accommodate six 9-foot fly rods. It also has a built-in four-drawer tackle center on the side of the console and a built-in 72-quart Igloo cooler with a cushion forward of the console.
Options include a leaning post, bow rails, a trolling motor wiring kit and an aluminum T-top.
WEIGHT: 1,750 pounds
FUEL: 65 gallons
POWER: 115-hp Suzuki 4-Stroke PRICE: $24,737
404 Sandy St.
Fairmont, NC 28340