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Mako 19 CPX (2015-)

1 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke


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Brief Summary

The Mako 19 CPX draws just 12'' (.30 m), making her a competent flats boat, but she can also run out the inlet and fish along the beaches on the right days. Casting platforms bow and stern make for ease in sight-fishing, and the convertible back on the helm seat makes a good spot to watch live baits while anchored offshore.

Key Features

  • Deep V hull to handle offshore conditions
  • Fully molded composite liner with integrated bow and stern platforms
  • Molded, patterned non-skid deck, cockpit sole & gunwales
  • Hull/deck joint chemically sealed and bonded 360-degrees and mechanically fastened every 6''
  • Flip-flop helm seat with 72-quart cushioned cooler
  • Elevated fiberglass console with binnacle-mounted control with power trim
  • Aft port and starboard jump seats
  • Port and starboard bow storage boxes
  • 28-gallon livewell

Test Results

650 3.5 3 0.5 6.9 6 292 254 72
1000 4.5 3.9 0.75 5.93 5.16 251 218 72
1500 6.2 5.4 1.35 4.59 3.99 194 169 73
2000 7.5 6.5 2.5 3 2.61 127 110 75
2500 9.9 8.6 3.4 2.91 2.53 123 107 72
3000 22.8 19.8 3.55 6.41 5.57 271 236 77
3500 28.3 24.6 4.7 6.02 5.24 255 221 80
4000 33.6 29.2 6.25 5.37 4.67 227 197 84
4500 39.1 34 8.35 4.68 4.07 198 172 86
5000 44.6 38.8 11.2 3.98 3.46 168 146 85
5700 50.9 44.3 13.85 3.68 3.2 155 135 93


Length Overall 18' 10'' / 5.74 m
Beam 7' 9''
2.36 m
Dry Weight 2,155 lbs.
977 kg
Tested Weight 2,857 lbs.
1,296 kg
Draft 12''
.30 m
Deadrise/Transom 15-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 47 gal.
178 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 2,857 lbs.
1,296 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.5 sec.
0 to 30 8.2 sec.
Ratio 1.75:1
Props Enertia 19
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 72 deg., 49 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 1 x 115-hp Mercury EXLPT Command Thrust 4-stroke
1 x 150-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
1 x 90-hp Mercury EXLPT Command Thrust 4-stroke
1 x 150-hp Mercury XL OptiMax Pro XS


Gelcoat Warranty Extended 3-Year
Hull Warranty Extended Limited Lifetime

Captain's Report

Mako 19 CPX running shot

With a 150-hp outboard, the 19 CPX is a sprightly boat with a top speed of 50.9 mph.


The Mako 19 CPX is a bay boat designed primarily to fish shallow coastal waters, but is big enough to handle moderately choppy conditions. For fishing, she has open deck areas forward and aft, plus a livewell and plenty of storage, including rod lockers. For cruising, there are two coolers with cushioned tops, plus a convertible backrest for the helm seat and rear jump seats.
She’s available with a variety of outboard motors ranging from a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard to either a 150-hp 2- or 4-stroke model. The price of the boat is $30,995 with a 4-stroke 115-hp Mercury and aluminum trailer.

Mako 19 CPX fishing shot

This is the preferred mode for fishing in this size bay boat and the 19 CPX has good-sized platforms both bow and stern.

Features Inspection


Many boats of this caliber supply a minimum amount of storage and utility space, but the 19 CPX does a bit better than that. The aft casting platform provides room for two anglers and a centrally located livewell with a substantial 28-gallon (106 L) capacity is handy. A built-in internal light adds the potential for nighttime fishing or shrimping, and can be up-graded with an aerator.

Mako 19 CPX storage layout

This view shows the storage lockers available on the 19 CPX.

Mako 19 CPX in deck storage

We like this in-deck stowage compartment which some boats in class do not have.

The bow

offers a raised casting deck with four distinct lockers fitted flush to the deck. The forward locker is substantial enough for ground tackle but can also stow foot controls for a trolling motor. A centrally located main hatch provides access to the boat's largest compartment and offers room for trolling motor batteries in addition to other gear. The forward deck tapers into the gunwales for added casting space and provides a pair of lockable boxes for storing the day's catch or for a set of four rods while underway. Both casting decks provide a toe rail and non-skid surface for safety and comfort. There are six stainless steel cleats on the boat, which are sometimes not seen on a boat in this size range, but we’d like to see Mako go with pull-up style models to keep fishing lines from snagging.

Mako 19 CPX bow platform

Note the size of the bow platform. Forward is the anchor locker. Mako offers several options of trolling motors for the boat from Minn Kota and Motorguide that can be placed forward at the bow.

Mako 19 CPX anchor locker

Trolling motor wiring goes in the anchor locker and the battery or batteries are placed in the centerline compartment where there is still room for other gear. The locker makes it easy to replace or charge the batteries.

Mako 19 CPX casting chair

There are pedestal mounts forward and aft for several different types of casting chairs.

Mako 19 CPX jump seat storage

Under the port and starboard flip-up jump seats, there is stowage room and access to pumps.


Starting at the aft casting platform, Mako flush mounted a pair of flip-up transom seats outboard on each side. They fold into the deck so that anglers have unobstructed movement when fishing. These seats are also close to the helm's doublewide cooler seat cushion. Mako made smart use of the space by utilizing a 72-quart removable cooler secured in an aluminum frame with a seat back that allows passengers to sit facing forward or aft. Up front, a forward console seat uses the same 72-quart cooler concept with a cushioned hatch and a backrest.

Mako 19 CPX cooler

We liked the quantity of cold storage space on the 19 CPX. This is one of two 72-quart coolers. Use one for icing down the day’s catch and the other for keeping drinks cold.


The 19 CPX uses a molded fiberglass center console. An aluminum frame rail surrounds the tall acrylic windshield and provides sturdy hand holds for companions. The command center has standard hydraulic steering, binnacle mount engine controls and analog gauges for pilot input and engine monitoring. With an outboard, one of the best indicators of engine health is water pressure so we give credit to Mako for including an instrument to monitor this function. The builder did not provide much space for a chartplotter or fishfinder in the dash panel, so those aftermarket items will have to be mounted in pods above the dash.
A locker below the console gives additional room for foul weather gear and other items. Although this boat provides some of the best storage space to be found on a small bay boat of this class, a small helm compartment for cell phones, keys and sunblock would have been an appreciated feature without sacrificing much space. As it is, the drink holders will have to serve that purpose. There is a 12-volt plug next to the upper cup holder at the helm, which will be convenient when a phone needs to be charged.

Mako 19 CPX

With the lack of a glove box, one of the two cup holders will probably be used for a cell phone. Note the 12-volt plug next to the upper cup holder.

Mako 19 CPX dry storage

In the console is dry storage for any number of items, such as foul weather gear, and this area would provide access for rigging aftermarket electronics.

Mako 19 CPX leaning post seat

The helm leaning post/seat back swings fore and aft, serving double-duty and there are jump seats in the stern on each side.


Three different horsepower levels can be rigged to the boat, with the 90 and 115-hp models being based on Mercury’s second-generation 4-stroke outboard. These motors are cleaner burning, quieter and give better fuel economy with less maintenance than previous models. The normally aspirated fuel injected platform is also claimed by Mercury Marine to be one of the lightest on the market, as much as 20 lbs. (9 kg) for the 115-hp version.
Stepping up to the 150 horsepower Mercury option can be sought in either 2 or 4-stroke versions so that customers can maximize performance or economy.

Mako 19 CPX running shot

Shown here is the optional Victory Red hullside color ($250) that’s new for 2016. Buyers can also choose among Gulfstream Blue, Onyx, Fighting Lady Yellow, Seafoam Green or Pompano Silver.


The Mako 19 CPX has a LOA of 18’10’’ (5.74 m), a beam of 7’9” (2.36 m) and a draft of 12” (.30 m). With an empty weight of 2,155 lbs. (977 kg), full fuel, test power and two people on board, we had an estimated test weight of 2,857 lbs. (1,296 kg).
We tested the 19 CPX with a Mercury 150-hp 4-stroke, which gives the boat a sporty attitude. Mako also includes a stainless-steel propeller, which can cost upwards of $500, in the standard price.
With the 150-hp 4-stroke outboard turning a 19” Enertia three-bladed stainless prop, we hit a top speed of 50.9 mph at 5700 rpm and burned 13.85 gph, giving the boat a range of 155 miles. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 22.8 mph and sipped 3.55 gph for a range of 235 miles. In acceleration tests, she planed in 3.5 seconds and ran out to 20 mph in 6.02 seconds and to 30 mph in 8.2 seconds. That should give her plenty of oomph for watersports towing duties.
In maneuvers, the 19 CPX handled well, nimbly zigging and zagging through S-turns and holding her line well in wide arcs. When we ran through boat wakes or chop during our testing, the wide bow flare helped keep the deck dry.

Options to Consider

Because the 19 CPX is geared to be a value priced boat, she comes with a short options list, but some items should be considered to improve a day of fishing. A livewell aeration system is available for $105 and is a good idea to keep live bait frisky especially for long trips. Several types of fishing seats are also worth taking a look at: they include the seat, base and poles with prices ranging from $145 to $520.
Mako also makes available six different colors in a tow-tone color scheme for $250.

Mako Assurance Warranty Program

Mako says its warranty includes--

• Limited Lifetime Structural Hull Warranty

• 5-Year "Stem-to-Stern" Coverage Warranty

• 3-Year Gelcoat Coverage Warranty

• Transferable to a second owner

Mako 19 CPX running shot

Equipped with the maximum 150-hp outboard, the Mako 19 CPX will go about as fast as most people will want. Cruising speeds should be quite economical.


Note: Pricing includes an aluminum tandem axle trailer.
Base price with Mercury 90 EXLPT power: $29,995.
With Mercury 115 EXLPT power: $30,995.
With Mercury 150 EXLPT power: $33,595.
With Mercury 150 XL OptiMax Pro XS power: $33,595.


The Mako 19 CPX is a versatile boat that will serve her primary purpose, coastal bay fishing, well. She’s designed and equipped for the task with large open fishing areas fore and aft, livewells and a good amount of rod storage. When the time comes to put away the tackle, there’s seating for five people on the coolers and jump seats.
With available outboard power ranging from 90- to 150-hp, the boat can be set up to run economically or to be a versatile performer that can handle towing tasks when a family asks her to.