Johnny Morris didn’t found Mako, but he did recognize a brand legendary for its smooth, dry ride and durability and great fishability year after year. That’s why he added Mako to the roster of brands offered by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World — the company he founded. Morris also opted to power Mako with one of the most respected outboard brands, Mercury.
Our Benchmark respondents rated Mako as a brand they highly respect as well. Part of it comes from excellent design and engineering, and even more comes from pride in workmanship. But Morris always believed the front-door experience of the dealership coupled with customer service at the backdoor would make or break a brand, no matter how well its boats were built. So his team developed the most respected network of dealerships in America. Some are legacy dealers who came to the brand long before the famous chain of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World megastores existed. While many casual visitors to Bass Pro Shops never see the experience, training or dedication to the Mako service shops nearby, Mako owners respect them, which is reflected in their high marks for brand reputation and value.
The 214 CC is a beautiful example of Mako’s legacy in offshore boats. Ideal for trailering to big saltwater bays or angling for Great Lakes salmon, the 214 CC is easy to maintain, thanks to accessible pumps and seacocks in the bilge, and battery and switch access below the console. It’s stable at low speeds and high speeds; at over 6 feet wide at the waterline, its beefy dimension is capable of harnessing the commanding power of big Mercury Verado engines.
Anglers want plenty of deck space, according to our survey, and the 214 provided it in a proportion belying the 21-foot vessel’s size. Under gunwale rod storage includes a toe rail to improve footing while leaning out to gaff a fish. At the helm, a dual seat with flip-up bolsters and a broad console to accommodate dual multifunction displays is protected behind a wraparound -windscreen. Below it is easy access to a compartment optionally equipped with a head.
A hallmark of Mako Boats is a single, haggle-free price with factory-installed components such as Lowrance electronics.
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