Not every boat has to be a complex twin engine offshore cruiser and not every buyer wants a high maintenance battlewagon. Sometimes, getting back to the simple things in life is just the ticket to relieve the stress of a long day, or for that matter, week. It’s also a great way to introduce your kids to the art of boating and fishing. With that said, the boating life doesn’t get much simpler than a center console. Mako’s 184 CC has all the ingredients of an easy day on the water, and a great day of fishing. Today, we take you on a video tour of the boat and show the features that make it a keeper. And at a no hassle, no haggle price of $27,995 that includes a 115 EXLPT OptiMax, you won’t have to kill yourself working eight days a week to pay for it. The simple life never looked so good.
- Foam-injected hull with 1-piece fiberglass stringer grid
- Self-bailing cockpit with non-skid deck surface
- Under-gunwale port & starboard rod racks
- Gunwale-mounted rod holders with Mako logo
- 2 pedestal helm seats
- Center console with analog gauges, electronics mounting surface, stainless steel grab rail, windscreen & storage
- Forward console seat with 24-gal. (90.85 L) baitwell
- Port & starboard bow seating with 64-qt. (60.57 L) insulated fishboxes with drains below
- Top-loading anchor locker
- Optional aluminum tandem-axle trailer with brakes
|Length Overall||18' 4'' / 5.59 m|
Currenly no test numbers
1 x 115-hp Mercury OptiMax EXLPT
1 x 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke EXLPT
1 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke EXLPT
1 x 150-hp Mercury Verado XL
|Gelcoat Warranty Extended||Three-Year Limited|
|Hull Warranty Extended||Limited Lifetime|
The Mako 184 Center Console may be only 18' 4" (5.59 m) LOA, but she carries a load of fishability. First, she has a foam-injected hull reinforced with a one-piece fiberglass stringer grid. The hull-to-deck joint is both chemically sealed and mechanically fastened. We don't recommend torture-testing your Mako 184 Center Console, but it's nice to know the boat's built to last. Each boat gets built-in reinforcing plates for the optional T-top, making it an easy retrofit.
In equipping the 184 Center Console, Tracker Marine proves that a smaller boat doesn't have to be shy of fishing features. The standard equipment list includes under-gunwale rod racks port and starboard, holding four rods tip-to-butt each, and a pair of in-gunwale rod holders, one on each side, engraved with the Mako logo. A second pair is optional.
Twin pedestal helm seats are standard, but we'd prefer either a leaning post or a double bench helm seat with a reversible back rest. Running fast in a robust chop in a boat this size really demands the helmsman stand up (unless he has a spine of steel), but mooching around inshore it's nice to have a comfortable seat. Make your choice based on how you'll use the boat.
Power and Options
Maximum recommended power for the Mako 184 Center Console is 150-hp, but we think most fishermen will be happy with 115-hp. Standard power is a 115-hp Mercury OptiMax two-stroke outboard, but the builder will rig her with a 115-hp Mercury four-stroke or a 150-hp Mercury OptiMax or Verado. All prices are without a trailer; Mako provides a tandem-axle EZ Loader with disc brakes as an option.
Mako, like all Tracker Boat companies in their respective spheres, is tough to beat on price. Tracker uses its buying power to negotiate aggressively with equipment and raw-materials suppliers, and passes the savings along to buyers. And Mako subscribes to Tracker's No-Haggle pricing, so you can spec and price your boat on the website and buy her for that price at any Mako dealer.
We like this policy, and we like the Mako 184 Center Console's price: It starts at $28,395 with the Mercury EXLPT OptiMax, plus shipping and prep. Load it up with options and a trailer you're talking in the low-$30,000 range. She could be all you need.