Boat Test Videos
Content courtesy ofThose who love flats fishing know it's generally expensive to get a roomy boat that also floats truly shallow. But that's not the case with the MAKO Pro Skiff 19 CC, which has an exceptional amount of fishing space thanks to her squared-off bow, yet floats in just 9" (.48 m) of water and has a huge load capacity. Complete with a 115-Mercury FourStroke and a galvanized trailer, this well-equipped Skiff goes for $22,995.
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.
Mako designed the Pro Skiff 19 for saltwater anglers who stay close to home and like working the shallows. Her innovative bottom design exhibits strong performance and efficiency and the boat draws only 9” (22.9 cm). She has raised forward and aft casting platforms, and standard equipment includes a livewell and six rod holders.
A Closer Look. The AIV hull won an Innovation Awards from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association in 2012. The bottom is designed to provide a shallow draft, a dry ride,8 and enhanced overall performance. Let’s take a look at the primary elements of the design.
The Numbers. Our Pro Skiff 19 was powered by a 115-hp Mercury EXLPT four-stroke outboard that had a 2.38:1 gear ratio and turned a 14 5/8” x 21” (37.1cm x 53.3 cm) Tempest stainless-steel three-bladed propeller.
With two people, 20.25 gallons (76.6 liters) of fuel and test equipment, we weighed in at an estimated 2,251 lbs. (1,021 kg).
We hit a top speed of 44.5 mph (38.7 knots) at 6000 rpm.
Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 20.5 mph (17.8 knots) and burned 2.6 gph (9.8 lph), which resulted in 7.9 mpg (3.3 kpl), giving the boat a range of 191 statute miles (166.2 nm) with 10 percent of the boat’s 27-gallon (102.2-liter) fuel capacity in reserve.
Quick Draw. In acceleration tests, the Pro Skiff 19 planed in 3.7 seconds and ran to 20 mph (13.3 knots) in 5.7 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 9.4 seconds. Bow rise was 15 degrees under hard acceleration.
Maneuverability. In turns, the Pro Skiff 19 felt agile and quickly responded to course corrections. The outer keels grab in a turn and help bring the boat around quickly. Take it too tight, and the boat will hop a little, but as long as the jack plate isn’t set too high, the propeller shouldn’t ventilate. Because the bottom is designed for a higher motor installation, it doesn’t take as much positive trim to run efficiently.
Stern Casting Platform. Stepping aboard the Pro Skiff 19, the aft casting platform measured 3’4” (1.02 m) fore to aft and 6’10” (2.08 m) across. It’s raised 1’4” (.4 m) off the cockpit deck. In the aft starboard corner, there’s a stainless-steel grabrail. Below on the transom is a small plastic reboarding step. The anchor light socket is in the aft starboard corner on deck, and the full fill is to port.
Aft Platform Storage and Livewell. There are four plastic hatches with in the aft platform. Front and center, the 25-gallon (95-liter) livewell is aerated and has a 500-gph (1.893 lph) pump with an adjustable spray head.
Outboard on each side, there is storage in lockers that fully removable, so crewmembers can easily access the contents in the lockers. Aft, a hatch in the spashwell opens to provide access to the 1,000-gph (3,785-lph) bilge pump, the livewell pump and other gear.
Cool Seat. At the helm, the captain and a companion can take a seat on the thickly padded cushion atop the 85-quart (80.4-liter) cooler. The bottom cushion is hinged and has bungee-style latches that hold it closed. Mako fabricates the rotomolded base in-house.
The Helm. To protect the captain and a companion from wind and spray, the console is topped with an acrylic windscreen. We like that a stainless-steel rail encircles the console to provide a good handhold. It should keep uneducated passengers from grabbing and breaking the windscreen.
Below, the dash has a tachometer and water pressure and fuel gauges in a dedicated panel to starboard and space for optional electronics to port. The key is to the right of the steering wheel, and accessory switches are in a clearly labeled panel to port. Down low, the console houses the battery and fire extinguisher, and the battery switch is mounted just outside the opening for the compartment.
The Console. There are three rodholders integrated into the console on each side. Forward, the console has a padded backrest, two cupholders, and a hinged bottom cushion that picks up toward the bow. The standard underseat configuration is an 18-gallon cooler, but our test boat had the upgrade to the livewell.
The Bow. Forward of the console seat, the bow fishing platform is raised 1’6” (.46 m) off the deck, and it measures 6’3” (1.9 m) across. There’s 1’11” (.58 m) of freeboard, and when we walked from one corner to the other, the bow dipped 2” (5.08 cm). A single plastic hatch in the center of the boat opens a good-sized locker.
Construction. Mako builds the Pro Skiff 19 with full composite construction. The transom is cored with high-density Coosa Bluewater panels, and the hull and deck are chemically bonded and mechanically fastened with stainless-steel hardware. The console is installed in the same manner with 1/4” (.6 cm) aluminum backing plates.
Trailer. The Pro Skiff 19 comes standard with a single-axle galvanized four-bunk trailer that comes with a swing-away tongue. The trailer comes standard with Super Lube hubs, a 1,200-pound (544.3 kg) folding tongue jack, a heavy-duty winch with nylon strap, an outboard motor support and safety cables for the stern.
Options to Consider
For the coastal saltwater angler on a budget, the Mako Pro Skiff 19 is a well-equipped turn-key package. She can run in 9” (22.9 cm) of water and comes standard with a livewell and six rodholders, plus a decent amount of storage and good deck space for fishing.
Total weight on the trailer is listed at 2,950 lbs. (1,228.1 kg) and opens up all kinds of tow-vehicle opportunities. For example, a Volvo XC60 is rated to tow 3,500 lbs. (1,587.6 kg), and the Pro Skiff 19’s package weight is well within the limits for vehicles such as a Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, or Ford Explorer.
Test Result Highlights
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Pricing Range: $21,995.00Prices, 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.