Not every boat has to be a complex twin engine offshore cruiser and not every buyer wants a high maintenance battlewagon. Sometimes, getting back to the simple things in life is just the ticket to relieve the stress of a long day, or for that matter, week. It’s also a great way to introduce your kids to the art of boating and fishing. With that said, the boating life doesn’t get much simpler than a center console. Mako’s 184 CC has all the ingredients of an easy day on the water, and a great day of fishing. Today, we take you on a video tour of the boat and show the features that make it a keeper. And at a no hassle, no haggle price of $27,995 that includes a 115 EXLPT OptiMax, you won’t have to kill yourself working eight days a week to pay for it. The simple life never looked so good.
Foam-injected hull with 1-piece fiberglass stringer grid
Self-bailing cockpit with non-skid deck surface
Under-gunwale port & starboard rod racks
Gunwale-mounted rod holders with Mako logo
2 pedestal helm seats
Center console with analog gauges, electronics mounting surface, stainless steel grab rail, windscreen & storage
Forward console seat with 24-gal. (90.85 L) baitwell
Port & starboard bow seating with 64-qt. (60.57 L) insulated fishboxes with drains below
Top-loading anchor locker
Optional aluminum tandem-axle trailer with brakes
Mako 184 CC (2014-) Specifications
18' 4'' 5.59 m
1,800 lbs. 816.5 kg
8' 2'' 2.49 m
12'' 0.31 m
50 gal. 189 L
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.
With uncluttered room all around the console, two fish boxes and a bait well under the forward console seat, the Mako 184 Center Console is ready to go fishing – just add rods and tackle. A T-top is also available.
The Mako 184 Center Console may be only 18' 4" (5.59 m) LOA, but she carries a load of fishability. First, she has a foam-injected hull reinforced with a one-piece fiberglass stringer grid. The hull-to-deck joint is both chemically sealed and mechanically fastened. We don't recommend torture-testing your Mako 184 Center Console, but it's nice to know the boat's built to last. Each boat gets built-in reinforcing plates for the optional T-top, making it an easy retrofit.
The 184 Center Console's modified-V 18-degree deadrise hull is a well-considered compromise between a comfortable ride, speed and stability at rest.
In equipping the 184 Center Console, Tracker Marine proves that a smaller boat doesn't have to be shy of fishing features. The standard equipment list includes under-gunwale rod racks port and starboard, holding four rods tip-to-butt each, and a pair of in-gunwale rod holders, one on each side, engraved with the Mako logo. A second pair is optional.
Forward, there are two insulated, overboard-draining fish boxes under the V-seats, a drop-in anchor well and drink holders.
A 24-gal. (90.85 L) bait well lives under the forward console seat. The T-top is optional.
Twin pedestal helm seats are standard, but we'd prefer either a leaning post or a double bench helm seat with a reversible back rest. Running fast in a robust chop in a boat this size really demands the helmsman stand up (unless he has a spine of steel), but mooching around inshore it's nice to have a comfortable seat. Make your choice based on how you'll use the boat.
The console has dry stowage inside, space for flush-mounted electronics and a tall windscreen protected by a stainless steel grabrail. The compass is optional.
Mako calls this optional helm bench a "flip-flop" seat: Push the back forward and sit facing aft. It houses a 72-qt. (68.14 L) cooler underneath. Folding, removable jump seats are also available.
Power and Options
Maximum recommended power for the Mako 184 Center Console is 150-hp, but we think most fishermen will be happy with 115-hp. Standard power is a 115-hp Mercury OptiMax two-stroke outboard, but the builder will rig her with a 115-hp Mercury four-stroke or a 150-hp Mercury OptiMax or Verado. All prices are without a trailer; Mako provides a tandem-axle EZ Loader with disc brakes as an option.
Port and starboard under-gunwale rod racks are standard. Each should hold four rigs placed tip-to-butt.
Two gunwale rod holders are standard, complete with an engraved Mako logo. They're placed in the transom corners; a second pair, installed farther forward, is optional.
Mako, like all Tracker Boat companies in their respective spheres, is tough to beat on price. Tracker uses its buying power to negotiate aggressively with equipment and raw-materials suppliers, and passes the savings along to buyers. And Mako subscribes to Tracker's No-Haggle pricing, so you can spec and price your boat on the website and buy her for that price at any Mako dealer.
We like this policy, and we like the Mako 184 Center Console's price: It starts at $28,395 with the Mercury EXLPT OptiMax, plus shipping and prep. Load it up with options and a trailer you're talking in the low-$30,000 range. She could be all you need.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Mako 184 CC (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Mako 184 CC (2014-) Warranty
Mako 184 CC (2014-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure 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.