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Mako 214 CC (2020-)

w/ 1 x 150-hp Mercury Pro XS



Brief Summary

With her moderate 18-degree deadrise V-hull and interior creature comforts, the MAKO 214 CC delivers a good balance of fishing features and family amenities. Bow wrap-around, forward console, and aft bench seating can add comfort for family and friends, and the optional deck filler adds a forward lounge area. Our test boat came with an upgrade to a Mercury 150-hp Pro XS FourStroke.

Key Features

  • 10-person capacity
  • Dry-riding V-hull
  • T-top
  • Mercury SmartCraft digital gauges
  • Mercury 150-hp FourStroke engine
  • MAKO Assurance 5+ life factory warranty

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 2.6 2.3 0.4 6.5 5.7 532 462.9 54
1000 4.1 3.6 0.7 5.9 5.1 480 417.1 62
1500 5.9 5.1 1.2 5.1 4.4 417 362.3 69
2000 6.9 6 1.7 4 3.5 330 287 66
2500 8.1 7 2.7 3 2.6 244 212.3 70
3000 9.6 8.3 3.8 2.5 2.2 209 181.4 75
3500 13.9 12.1 5.3 2.6 2.3 215 186.8 82
4000 22 19.1 6 3.7 3.2 303 263.3 85
4500 27.3 23.7 7.6 3.6 3.1 294 255.4 86
5000 31.1 27 9.4 3.3 2.9 272 236.5 84
5500 33.5 29.1 11.2 3 2.6 246 214 85
6000 39.1 34 14.1 2.8 2.4 227 197.5 88

Specifications

Length Overall 21' 5''
6.53 m
Beam 8' 6''
2.59 m
Dry Weight 3,735 lbs.
1,694 kg
Tested Weight 4,698 lbs.
2,131 kg
Draft 14''
0.35 m
Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
Bridge Clearance 11' 2"
3.40 m
Weight Capacity 1,700 lbs.
771 kg
Person Capacity 10
Fuel Capacity 91 gal.
344 L
Total Weight 4,698 lbs.
2,131 kg

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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.6 sec.
0 to 30 18.1 sec.
Props 15 x 15 Enertia
Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 85 deg., 78 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: <1

Engine Options

Tested Engine
Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury FourStroke XL
Opt. Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury FourStroke XL
1 x 200-hp Mercury FourStroke XL Warm Fusion White
1 x 225-hp Mercury FourStroke XL
1 x 225-hp Mercury FourStroke XL Warm Fusion White
1 x 250-hp Mercury FourStroke XL Warm Fusion White
1 x 150-hp Mercury Pro XS FourStroke XL
1 x 200-hp Mercury Pro XS FourStroke XL
1 x 250-hp Mercury Pro XS FourStroke XL

Captain's Report

By Capt. Nick Martinez


The versatile 214 CC is built for safety and comfort, riding on MAKO’s unique moderate V hull.

    Mission

    The versatile 214 CC is built for safety and comfort, with MAKO’s V-hull, which is meant to cut through chop and throw down spray with its reverse chines, resulting in a smooth, dry, and secure ride. MAKO’s 214 CC is a compact offshore center console primarily outfitted for fishing trips or suited for a day trip with the family.

    Design

    Lay out

    The layout of the MAKO 214 CC is designed to balance storage and maneuvering space.

    Layout 2

    There is room to store gear below seats and in-deck lockers.

    MAKO manufactures 11 offshore center console models between 18’4” (5.58 m) and 41' (12.49 m). All of the offshore boats use a variation of MAKO’s ‘dry-riding’ hull with lifting strakes. The 214 CC hull has an 18-degree deadrise at the transom with aggressive reverse chines and recesses for the boat’s electric trim tabs. While MAKO claims this to be a deep-V hull, BoatTEST standards require 20-degrees or greater in deadrise at the transom for a hull to be designated as a deep-V.

    hull

    Aggressive reverse chines deflect water out and down for a dry ride.

    Trim tabs

    Electric trim tabs are recessed into the hull.

    Construction

    NMMA

    MAKOs are built in the Miami, Oklahoma factory to ABYC standards and are NMMA certified.

    Construction

    The one-piece stringer grid system is inserted and chemically bonded into the hull to provide strength and rigidity.

    The composite hulls are made in female (open) molds sprayed with Gelcoat followed by a chop-gun fiberglass layer. Additional layers are hand-laid and resin-infused.


    After the stringer grid is installed, closed-cell foam is injected to satisfy USCG flotation requirements and to act as a sound and vibration damper.

    All MAKOs are made with a heavy-duty fiberglass encapsulated transom with 2” (5.08 cm) high-density core. Their hull and deck joints are chemically sealed and bonded, mechanically fastened every 6” (15.24cm) with 316 stainless steel fasteners.

    Every MAKO is backed by their limited 5-year stem to stern and 3-year Gelcoat warranty and provisions for transfer to the second owner.

    Boat Inspection

    Bow

    Anchor pocket

    The anchor locker provides quick and easy access to its Danforth-style anchor. There are five 6" (15.24 cm) polished marine-grade stainless steel cleats located around the boat, including this bow cleat for securing the anchor rode.

    Forward cushions

    The forward cushions are removable.

    The MAKO 214CC comes with low profile brushed anodized aluminum bow rails that run to about midships. There are also gunwale-mounted rod holders, one on each side of the boat. The bow seating has facing bench seats with backrest bolsters. This kind of V-seating arrangement is common on fishing boats such as this, going from 2” (0.68 M) at the bow to 11” (0.27 M) of legroom between the seats further aft. The 214CC is designed with adequate walking and seating space. Under the removable cushioned seats on either side of the boat are sealed storage compartments that can also be used as ice chests for the day’s catch.

    Forward storage

    Port and starboard forward seats have 108-quart (102.21 L) insulated storage below with gravity overboard drainage. The gasketed covers are supported by gas-assisted struts for easy access.

    Forward in deck storage

    Forward there is a 210-quart (199 L) in-deck storage which can fit a 5-gal. (19 L) bucket.


    All hatch perimeters have gutters and drains which lead to the bilge.

    Removable back rest

    The forward bench seats come with removable backrests that mount into rod holders for conversion to loungers.

    A padded bolster runs around the boat’s gunwale. There is a non-skid surface on walking flats, foredeck, gunwale tops, sole, stern platform, and hatch covers.

    Removable back rests

    The MAKO 214 CC comes with a removable forward-console seat over a 72-quart (68 L) insulated cooler.

    Helm

    Windscreen

    The center console comes with an acrylic windscreen and canvas T-top.

    Steering wheel

    The helm has an anodized aluminum steering wheel with knob. A tilt base and hydraulic steering are options.

    The helm of the 214 CC is uncluttered, and all rocker switches and controls are easily accessible. The newest feature on the 2020 version of the 214 is the Mercury SmartCraft digital gauges. The Fusion stereo control head powers four Kicker speakers located throughout the boat. The Ritchie voyager compass is mounted flush to the left side of the console, in-line with the wheel. There is a full-width footrest on the console.

    Electronics space

    There is storage space on top of the console and enough dash space for mounting electronics.

    Fusion radio

    The MAKO 214 CC comes with a Fusion RA70 stereo that can be used with Bluetooth or USB/aux inputs.

    Glove compartment

    The lockable glove compartment is great for storing personal items underway.

    Top storage

    An overhead sealed and lockable E-box compartment adds more storage space and access to electrical wiring.

    Leaning post

    The MAKO 214 CC has an anodized aluminum leaning post with a bench seat, which flips up to create a bolster to accommodate stand-up steering.

    There is room under the standard leaning post for a cooler. MAKO offers an optional fiberglass baitwell/leaning post with 1,100 gph (4,163.95 lph) pump ($565). The same baitwell/leaning post with a backrest is a ($1,250) option. Add optional outriggers ($1,900) and optional 6-gallon (23 L) freshwater washdown system and this boat is tricked out for fishing.

    Rod holders

    Port and starboard bulwarks store three rods each, up to 7' (2.13 m) long.

    Rod holders

    In the back of the leaning post are four stainless steel rod holders.

    Canvas top rod holders

    There are four more rocket launcher-style rod holders on the optional canvas top, along with optional aft-facing LED spreader lights.

    MAKO offers some optional lighting packages for the 214 CC such as a head portlight ($195), aft spreader lights ($195), along with one Shadow-Caster SCM-10 Bimini blue underwater light, mounted in the center of the transom ($465), or two Shadow-Caster SCM-10 Bimini blue underwater transom lights, one on both port and starboard sides of the transom ($1,250).

    Interior cleat

    Stainless steel hawseholes are leading to cleats under the gunwale on either side of the boat to keep fishing lines from getting caught. 

    Head compartment- fuse switches

    Inside the center console is storage and an electrical panel with manual reset circuit breakers and illuminated switches. There is room in the console for an optional Porta-Potti.

    Stern 

    Fold down stern seat

    The center backrest of the stern seating folds down for easier access to the swim platform and engine.

    In the stern, the transom accommodates a wide bench whose center- section backrest folds forward to accommodate pulling up the engine. Storage below the bench houses a livewell to port and dual batteries to starboard. 

    Stern seating

    MAKO 214 CC offers stern bench seating with storage below. 

    Bilge space

    In-deck mechanical space in front of the engine well holds pumps and fuel tanks. 

    Stern rod holders

    With two more rod holders positioned on the boat’s quarters, this boat is ready for trolling.

    Performance

    running

    The MAKO 214 CC has a length of 21'5" (6.52 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m), and a draft of 14" (0.36 m). She has an empty weight of 3,735 lbs. (1,694 kg).

    The MAKO 214 CC has an LOA of 21’5” ( 6.52 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m), and a draft of 14” (0.36 m). With 68 gallons (257 L) of fuel and water, and three people aboard, our test boat had an estimated test weight if 4,698 lbs. (2,131 kg).

    With a single Mercury 150 Pro XS FourStroke engine turning a 15” x 15” Enertia propeller, we hit a top speed of 39 mph at 6000 rpm. We found our best cruise speed at 4000 rpm at 22 mph. With a fuel burn of 6 gph, which translated into 3.2 nmpg and a range of 303 nautical miles, all while holding back a 10 percent reserve of the boats 91-gallon (345 L) fuel capacity.

    For anglers, we recorded a speed of 2.6 mph at 600 rpm and 4.1 mph at 1000 rpm. The boat planed at 12.6 mph in 3.7 seconds and we reached 20 mph in 11.3 seconds and 30 mph at 18.1 seconds.

    Acceleration

    Time to plane: 3.7 seconds

    Zero to 20 mph: 11.3 seconds

    Zero to 30 mph: 18.1 seconds 

    Handling 

    running

    The MAKO 214 CC had a time to plane of 3.7 seconds, and she went to 20 mph in 11.3 seconds, and 30 mph in 18.1 seconds.

    This was a fun boat to drive. We had relatively calm conditions with crossing wakes from other boat traffic. She handled nicely going through the wakes with just a little bit of hull slap if we operated in anything more then cruising speed. At cruising speed, she provided a much more comfortable ride. She had no power steering so any excessive handling tended to be a little hard. When making hard turns, the boat tends to grab a little bit so make sure everyone is hanging on when being aggressive.

    Pricing Options 

    Boat with white gelcoat hull and engine (before prep and freight):

    Mercury FourStroke

    • 150 XL FourStroke ($51,395)
    • 200 XL FourStroke ($54,735)
    • 200 XL FourStroke warm fusion white ($55,770)
    • 225 XL FourStroke ($56,095)
    • 225 XL FourStroke warm fusion white ($57,125)
    • 250 XL FourStroke ($59,175)
    • 250 XL FourStroke warm fusion white ($60,570)

    Mercury Pro XS

    • 150 XL Pro XS FourStroke ($52,395)
    • 200 XL Pro XS FourStroke ($55,645)
    • 250 XL Pro XS FourStroke ($59,265)

    Options to Consider

    • Colors options: 2-tone hull in Gulfstream Blue, Onyx Black, Pompano Silver, Seafoam Green, Trigger Gray or Wahoo Blue ($850)
    • Tilt hydraulic steering   ($215)
    • Fiberglass baitwell leaning post and backrest ($1,250)
    • Anodized aluminum rails ($300)
    • Outriggers ($1,900)
    • Portable toilet on stowaway slide   ($1,050)
    • EZ Loader tandem axle trailer ($4,350) 

    Observations 

    MAKO has built on last years model with some welcome new features. Such as Mercury SmartCraft digital gauges and interior courtesy lights, molded-in swim platform with retractable stainless-steel ladder and aft stern seating with folding center backrest. MAKO presents the 214 CC without a lot of options to keep the price down, but they did a good job of engineering space to add options later. The 214 CC is a boat with a high protective bow and a deep cockpit to keep the crew safe.

    When looking for a compact offshore fishing boat with robust construction and basic equipment, the MAKO 214 CC is worth considering. Well-designed with good handling characteristics, this boat has kept with MAKO’s tradition of solid center consoles primarily fit for fishing or occasional family outings.