Typical Layout with a Not So Typical Twist
There’s a lot of beauty in this design in that she has a gentle sweep of her sheerline as the eye runs aft. The rubrail drops dramatically as it approaches the stern and then wraps around the integrated swim platforms.
There’s not much differently you can do with a center console, which is why most of them are relatively the same above the waterline. In this case however, there’s a bit of a difference that we very much like. Instead of a raised casting platform at the bow, Mako went with a deck that is all the same level. This means that you have added protection at the bow when handling the ground tackle or fighting a fish. In fact, not only is the deck at a single level, there is a bit of a pocket that you can step into between the seats, so there’s added security there. Keep an eye out for this feature showing up on other brands. It may mean the casting platform will be relegated to specialized center consoles, such as one purpose-built for bone fishing.
Mako has done a great job with some of their fishing features. We think another item that is going to be on the “copy” list would be the dual livewells. A 20 gallon (75.7 L) capacity livewell is transom mounted, and another one, this time at 35 gallon (132 L), is mounted into the leaning post. The leaning post has a sink and storage a-plenty, but not much room for bait prep. There’s a seat with a 28 qt (26.50 L) cooler underneath just ahead of the console, which is no surprise, but this time the cooler has a dedicated overboard drain. Normally, they just drain onto the deck and then run overboard.
At the helm, we’re big fans of the recessed ignition switches, but the recessed switch panel, while keeping the switches dry from a washdown, is hard to see without bending over to read the labels. Perhaps mounting the panel higher and adding a protective cover might be the trick. The windshield doesn’t seem to be the practically bulletproof version that older Mako’s used to wear, but then again, not too many fish were shooting at them so perhaps we shouldn’t complain. It blocks the wind and rain and that’s the beginning and end of its job. There is plenty of open real estate for nav electronics of choice and the gauges are out of the way from intruding onto this space. The seat is double wide facilitating an extra set of eyes looking forward.
Down inside the console, is a simple setup of a head and a sink. We appreciate that there’s enough headroom for standing up while but we’d like to see a bit of padding on the bulkheads. This is an offshore boat so it’s going to get tossed around.
The four gunwale- mounted rod holders are custom logo’d and there’s storage for six more rods under the gunwale. We like the dual 64" (1.63 m) aft cockpit in-deck insulated fishboxes to either side of the console. They’re macerated with an overboard drain. The fishboxes are also gasketed to keep them from rattling, and there’s a gas assist struts to hold the lids open.
Makos are famous for their cockpit depth that keeps you in the boat when leaning out to fight a fish. It’s provides a very comfortable feel and they get high marks for it. The transom door is another story. It’s strong enough, but the hinges that secure it are very small, and look as if they have a life expectancy measured in months. We’d rather see a pair of beefier hinges.
The Mako 264 has a beam of 9’2” (2.8 m) which means in some states you might have to get a special towing permit. With the engines the boat weighs 5,800 lbs. (2,636 kgs.) Her deadrise at the transom is 21-degrees which is pretty much standard for center consoles going offshore. They are a bit rolly as a result, the 264’s beam helps mitigate that aspect. The boat comes standard with recessed trim tabs and with electrical connections which are submersible. Aluminum backing plates have been laminated in so that you can ad a t-top in the after market. We have not tested the boat nor closely inspected it and we have some questions that consumers should follow-up on such as the size of the cockpit scuppers and their dewatering timing as well as if the boat is foamed and if so how much, will the boat float if swamed and in what attitude.
Mako is taking advantage of Tracker’s no haggle/no hassle pricing policy. This boat, equipped with a pair Mercury 200 XL OptiMax outboards is priced at $ 69,995. You can add dealer prep and freight onto that.This 264 CC is a capable offshore boat that has a lot going for it.
Standard and Optional Features
|NMMA Certification Other Certification||Yes Meets USCG standards|
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