Content courtesy ofThe MAKO® Pro Skiff 21 CC rides on the company's Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull with integrated anti-spray design, allowing her to float in just 10" (25.4 cm) of water -- a big plus for jumping shallow flats. She's a strong performer on moderate horsepower, getting on plane in 3.0 seconds and topping out at 46.6 mph with a single 150-hp Mercury FourStroke in our tests. The package includes a custom-matched, hot-dipped galvanized trailer with Super Lube hubs.
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The Mako Pro Skiff 21 is designed for protected water and coastal fishing on calm days. Her innovative bottom design delivers stability and efficiency and the boat draws only 10” (0.25 m). For fishing, she has large forward and aft raised casting platforms and she comes standard with a livewell and six rod holders.
A Closer Look. The AIV hull is designed to provide a dry ride and enhanced efficiency and fuel economy. Instead of trying to explain all of the design elements at once, we’ll show a photo and explanation of each one.
The Numbers. We tested the Mako Pro Skiff 21 with a 150-hp Mercury EXLPT four-stroke outboard that had a 1.92:1 gear ratio and turned a 14.7” x 16” (37.3 cm x 40.6 cm) Enertia stainless-steel three-bladed propeller. With two people, 30 gallons (114 L) of fuel and test equipment, we weighed in at an estimated 3,255 lbs. (1,476 kg).
Hole Shot. The Pro Skiff 21 got on plane in 3.0 seconds and ran to 20 mph (13.3 knots) in 4.5 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 6.1 seconds. Bow rise was 15-degrees under hard acceleration.
Top Speed and Best Cruise. We hit a top speed of 46.6 mph (40.5 knots) at 5900 rpm. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 22.4 mph (19.5 knots) and burned 3.6 gph (13.6 lph), which resulted in 6.2 mpg (2.64 kpl), giving the boat a range of 190 statute miles (165.2 nm) with 10% of the boat’s 34-gallon (128 L) fuel capacity in reserve.
Maneuverability. In turns, the Pro Skiff 21 exhibited agility that belies her broad, rather blunt appearance. The outer keels grab in a turn and help bring the boat around quickly, rather than making turning slower as one might expect. When changing directions, she transitions quickly and leans comfortably into maneuvers. The boat doesn’t have a trim gauge because it won’t take long for an experienced driver to find the sweet spot for the trim. Also, the bottom design allows for a higher motor installation so not as much positive trim is required to run efficiently. She did not ventilate during our tests.
The Bow. Because it’s the most prominent visible feature of the Pro Skiff 21, we’ll start in the bow. The forward casting platform measures 6’5” (1.96 m) wide and the deck coaming is raised about an inch so anglers will be able to feel when they are up against the edge. There are three hatches in the deck that open to storage and access to the optional trolling motor batteries if they are installed.
The Cockpit. Two 1’ (.3 m) tall steps lead down to the cockpit, which has a depth of 2’ (.61 m) all the way around. There’s a seat on the front of the helm console and the hinged bottom cushion lifts up to open a standard 18-gallon (68-L) cooler that can be plumbed as a livewell as an option.
We like that there’s a stainless steel grab rail that extends from each side of the console up and over the acrylic windscreen. It provides a secure handhold and hopefully it will keep passengers from grabbing the acrylic windscreen and breaking it.
The Console. On each side of the console, there are three integrated rod holders. We measured 1’8” (.5 m) of space on each for passing between the console and gunwales. The helm has the steering wheel offset to starboard, which makes it more comfortable for two people to stand or sit while running.
The Mako Pro Skiff 21 comes standard a tachometer and fuel and water pressure gauges in a dedicated panel ahead of the steering wheel, which is on a BayStar hydraulic helm. There’s space in the vertical panel for flush-mounted electronics or on the flat for a bracket-mounted model.
Accessory switches and a cup holder are in reach to port. In the base of the console the Interstate Marine cranking battery is in a dedicated tray and there’s additional open space. The battery switch and main circuit breaker are in the base of the console just ahead the captain’s knees.
Handy, Standard Cooler. If the captain and a companion want to sit while running, the top of the 85-quart (80 L) cooler at the helm is fitted with a padded bottom cushion. It’s hinged and has bungee-style latches that hold it closed. The insulated, rotomolded base of the cooler is made in-house.
Step Right Up. It’s a full 2’ (.6m) from the cockpit deck to the aft fishing platform. The aft platform measures 6’11” (2.1m) wide and outboard on each side are folding jump seats with handy cup holders. Aft to port, the fuel fill is in a raised pod. Aft to starboard down low on the transom there is a small re-boarding step with a grab rail at deck height.
Livewell and Access. Between the jump seats is the hatch for the 28-gallon (106-L) livewell that is finished in blue and has a high-speed pickup and a 500-gph (1,893 lph) pump with an adjustable spray head. Additionally, the plastic hatch is built with a honeycomb structure for better support and it closes with two latches. Just aft in the splashwell, there’s a similar plastic hatch that provides access to the livewell pump and the 1,000-gph (3,785-lph) bilge pump.
Construction. The Pro Skiff 21 is built with 100% 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 ¼” (.6 cm) aluminum backing plates.
Standard Trailer. Mako packages the Pro Skiff 21 with a single-axle galvanized 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
The Mako Pro Skiff 21 has what most inshore saltwater anglers are looking for -- large casting platforms, stability, and shallow draft. She can run in only 10” (25.4 cm) of water.
Test Result Highlights
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Pricing Range: $27,995.00Prices, 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.