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The all-new Mako 21 LTS (Light Tackle Skiff) is a development of the tried and proven Mako 18 LTS hull. She has a 8'4" (2.54 m) beam and draws approximately 13” (30.2 cm) and has a complete dry package weight including boat, motor and trailer of 3,310 lbs. (1,504 kgs.). The 21 LTS has a complete fiberglass inner liner and deck; her bilge is gel coated. She comes standard with a 150 XL OptiMax Pro XS outboard and a tandem axle trailer. She'll handle optional engines up to 250-hp.

Key Features

  • Raised bow casting platform with non-skid surface
  • Removable bow cast net storage
  • 2 bow dry storage areas and starboard rod locker with organizers
  • Fully molded console with vertical rod holders, tackle storage and removable forward cooler/fishbox
  • Cushioned helm seat/cooler for drinks and food
  • Huge cockpit with 360-degree mobility/fishability
  • In-deck hatch for easy access to 1,600 gph bilge pump
  • Raised aft casting deck with 2 large dry storage compartments
  • 30-gal. aerated aft livewell with Pro-Air system
  • Extremely quiet foam-filled hull

Specifications

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 21'
6.4 m
Dry Weight 2,100 lbs.
952.54 kg
Beam 8' 4''
2.54 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 12''
0.30 m
Fuel Cap 56 gal.
211.98 L
Deadrise/Transom 16-deg. Water Cap N/A
Max Headroom Open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS XL
Tested Power Currently no test results
Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax EXLPT 4-stroke
1 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax XL
1 x 225-hp Mercury OptiMax XL
1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado XL

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Captain's Report

Mission of the Mako 21 LTS

The boat's mission in life is to pick up where the Mako 18 LTS stops. That is to say she is intended for anglers who need more boat, more room, greater beam, and increased carrying capacity (7 persons instead of 5). She only draws 1" (2.5 cm) more than the 18 LTS which means she can go virtually everywhere the 18 can go -- shallow lakes, bayous, swamps, canals, bays, flats and other bodies of skinny water -- but do it with more comfort.

Most important, she is designed to be a stable platform that is fast and fuel efficient.

Mako 21 LTS

This photo demonstrates a lot about the new Mako 21 LTS: note the size of the bow casting platform and its height. In the stern with the cushion and seat back removed there is an equally large platform.

Design

The Hull. The 21's bottom is variable deadrise -- sharp forward warping to 16-degrees at the transom. This is four-degrees less than the 18 LTS and that together with its extra 9" (22.7 cm) of beam and greater weight (+803 lbs./+365 kgs.) will make her that much more stable when drifting or at anchor.

Because she is relatively flat aft, which is not unusual for a skiff, she should be both fast and fuel efficient. The 21 LTS also has what Mako calls its "Rapid Planing System" transom which the company says allows the boat to plane with very little bow rise.

Her chines and running strakes are designed to create lift and knock down the spray, two elements that make the boat dry in all but sloppy conditions. She also has a flared bow which knocks down small waves and also helps broaden the deck forward.

Mako 21 LTS

This bird's eye view shows the boat's 5 dry lockers, 30-gallon livewell aft, two large food/drink ice chests, and the casting net tub forward. The trolling motor is optional.

Major Deck Features. The 21 has raised bow and stern casting decks which comes to about an inch from the top of the gunwales. This design serves several purposes: improving visibility, increasing storage space, and providing more cubic area for foam flotation. There is a 136-quart storage locker forward on the centerline with a locking stainless steel compression latch. The console has a toe kick all around it with courtesy lighting.

The cockpit is self-bailing, which means that water in the cockpit drains overboard and not into the bilge. This is a "must-have" feature in our book for any fishing or sportboat other than the smallest ones. Removable screens make it easy to clean drains clogged by debris, fishing line, bait, etc.

The transom height is 27" (68 cm). This is 2" (5 cm) higher than many boats in class and is an important feature for a skiff.

Mako 21 LTS

There is a lot of storage space in the stern. The hydraulic jack plate seen here is an option. Note the hand holds on the side of the helm seat.

Construction

The 21 LTS's fiberglass hull is laid up by hand in a conventional manner. A one-piece, gel coated molded fiberglass stringer system is chemically bonded to the hull bottom providing for a smooth finish inside which is easy to keep clean.

Transom. The transom is 2" (5.08 cm) thick, is all-composite and has a high density core. This eliminates the use of plywood which can soak up water under certain conditions. In fact there is no plywood used anywhere in the boat.

The deck is likewise cored and is all fiberglass composite. The hull and deck are chemically bonded 360-degrees as well as being mechanically fastened every six inches with stainless steel fasteners. This is as good as it gets.

Aluminum backing plates are laminated into the bow and stern decks to accommodate the casting seat installations. Aluminum plates are also laminated in the deck under the helm seat and console to accept the machine screws holding the seat and console in place.

Helm Console. The console is molded separately from the deck. Some builders make the console part of the deck molding which severely limits its design. Mako have chosen to make it a separate part molded in a multi-piece mold that is labor-intensive to execute. Once the unit has been finished and polished, it is chemically bonded and mechanically fastened to the deck's high density composite core. Hatch covers are close-molded laminates with finished undersides.

In virtually all cases, Mako used state-of-the-art or "best-practices" procedures in all its construction details.

Mako 21 LTS

We are impressed with the attention to detail and the fit-and-finish of the helm console unit. Note the toe kick, LED courtesy light, molded-in relief and rod holders. The console unit is mechanically and chemically fastened to the deck.

Fishing Function Features

In the Bow. The bow is rigged for a trolling motor. There is a removable casting net container integrated in the deck. Two dry storage areas port and starboard are each 90 quarts capacity. The starboard space is used as a rod locker that will hold seven rods.

We like the pop-up cleat on the bow that is designed for anchor rode. The anchor and rode can be placed under the tub for a casting net. Those anglers who don't use a casting net can discard it and the anchor will be easy at hand.

Hardware. The boat has a total of seven stainless steel pop-up cleats -- two stern, two bow, two spring, and one for the anchor. This is a rarity in a skiff where 4 cleats are often the norm. All hardware on the 21 LTS is 300 series stainless or aluminum.

Marelon "corrosion-free" seacocks are used on all thru-hull fittings below the waterline.

In the Stern. The stern casting platform is large and contains two large dry storage lockers and a 30 gallon (113.56 L) livewell with Pro-Air aeration system. The dry storage lockers are all guttered and gasketed. They also lock and have compression latches.

Above the livewell on the center line a seat can be placed with a backrest with aluminum supports which fit into the deck. In this way the boat can actually seat six people, two here, two at the helm and two in front of the console on the cooler.

Mako 21 LTS

The helm console is simple and functional, nevertheless it is sculpted on the sides which gives the unit style and a certain panache. This is made possible because it is a separate molding from the deck.

In the Cockpit. The cockpit appears to be remarkably deep for a skiff. The reason for that being the 24.5" freeboard forward, 17’ aft and the high casting platforms. There is 360-degree mobility around the console so a fish can be fought around the boat and there is room for both the angler and someone handling a net on the same side of the boat.

The Helm. The helm console is sculpted, something virtually never seen in a center console at this price point. The toe kick, sculpted slash on the sides and the molded-in reliefs make the console look upscale. The boat comes standard with hydraulic steering and a tilt wheel. There is adequate room for electronics and there is a high, tinted acrylic windscreen. There are three rod holders on each side of the console.

Mako 21 LTS

We like the optional anodized double bow aluminum grab arch and hand-hold over the helm console. The optional helm seat back provides good vertical hand-holds as do the horizontal hand-holds on the sides of the seat. Note that both people are on the starboard rail yet deck deflection is minimal.

Aluminum Hand-hold. Perhaps the element that we like best about the design of this center console skiff is the standard, heavy-duty anodized aluminum grab rail. Because of this thoughtful design there is something to hold on to from nearly any position and the acrylic windscreen is protected. This allows out-riders to stand port and starboard as the skipper is racing across the flats to the next location.

Seat/Leaning Post. The seat/leaning post has an aluminum frame, backrest and a 96-quart food and drink cooler under the cushioned seat. The base of the seat is screwed into aluminum plates that are molded into the deck, so it should be solid even with a portly skipper. Four rocket launchers are welded to the back of the frame, handy to an angler in the stern of the boat.

Forward of the console is a removable 72-quart cooler/fishbox seat with integrated cushion. Behind the backrest in the forward face of the console is a place for two Plano tackle drawers.

Mako 21 LTS

Forward on the starboard side is the 90-quart rod locker that holds seven rods. Note the seal and the raised lip to keep the locker dry.

Power and Performance

We have not yet tested the boat so can make no comments on the performance or handling of the 21 LTS. Standard power is a 150-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS 2-stroke engine. We think this is a good choice and it is the Mercury engine we would choose for this application because of its relative light weight and its high torque at the low end. The boat will definitely not be underpowered with this engine.

Engine options are all from Mercury and include a 150-hp 4-stroke, a 200-hp and 225-hp Verado supercharged 4-stroke, a 200-hp and 225-hp OptiMax 2-stroke. Fuel capacity is 56 gallons (212.8 L).

Trailer Details

The trailer is an important part of this package because the boat will spend most of its life sitting on it unless it is kept in the water year round. It is made of aluminum I-Beam. It has tandem axles with dual-axle brakes, leaf-spring suspension, and 14" galvanized V5 wheels. The tongue jack capacity is 1,000 lbs. (453.59 kgs.).

We like the "no touch vault" oil bath hubs, LED submersible lights and PVC loading guides.

Mako 21 LTS

The sculptured nature of the helm console unit gives the boat style and is something usually not found on skiffs. We think details like this raise the 21 LTS above many other boats in class. The forward cooler seat/fishbox is standard, but with the tie-downs it can be removed to provide more room forward.

Price and Possible Options

Mako's nationally advertised price for the rig as described above is $35,995, including dealer prep and freight.

In looking over the list of options we see a few things we would add, but of course everyone would use the boat differently. We would add--

●Bimini top with stainless steel frame

●Removable helm and stern seat back rests

●2-tone hull with Gulfstream Blue

●Fore and aft bike seats, including seat, base, pole and spider

●Dual battery rigging

●Spare tire carrier with wheel and tire

Those options give about a 7% increase over the base price which shows how well the boat is rigged as standard.

Mako 21 LTS

The bilge of the 21 LTS is gel coated which looks good and makes it easier to keep the boat clean. Note that wires are bundled and strapped. The bilge pump has a solid-state actuator which eliminates problems with float switches.

Observations

Overall, what we find most impressive about the all-new Mako 21 LTS is that virtually everything on the boat has been done first class, using quality materials and employing best-practices building techniques. This is a reasonably-priced boat, but it is not that way because corners were cut or materials or equipment were left out. In fact, we think the Mako 21 LTS is better executed than many boats in class.

With decent attention and proper maintenance, we think the 21 LTS should last a lifetime.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
Trailer Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Exterior Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Warranty

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to insure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Limited Lifetime
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.mako-boats.com/about/assurance.cfm
Gelcoat Warranty
Years Three-Year Limited
Link http://www.mako-boats.com/about/assurance.cfm

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Price

Mako 21 LTS (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $35,995.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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