Originally built as work boats capable of carrying a heavy load of nets or traps across shallow, protected coastal waters, traditional skiff designs share characteristics that include a flat or nearly flat bottom with a broad beam for the boat’s length, and a blunt bow. Recreational anglers find those same features favorable for negotiating shallows while fishing protected waters where there is not the need for a traditional vee’d hull to tackle rough water on a regular basis. The skiff category has become popular as interest in in-shore light tackle saltwater fishing has grown. The Pro 17 Skiff CC is one of three skiff configurations Mako offers in 2012, which include a 17 tiller model, a 16 foot center console and an 18 foot Light Tackle version, with a new, shallow-running hull design.
- Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull with integrated anti-spray design
- Forward seat with 8-gal. (30.28 L) aerated baitwell and molded-in grab handles
- Cushioned helm seat with built-in 85-qt. (80.44 L) cooler
- Aft molded raised fishing platform with non-skid surface and open storage space below
- Bow molded raised fishing platform with non-skid surface and closed storage compartment
- Molded interior liner with non-skid surface
- Center console with vertical rod holders, acrylic glass windscreen, stainless steel grab rail, navigation lights, space for mounting optional electronics and below-console storage space
- Stainless steel cleats
- 1,000 GPH (3,785.41 LPH) bilge pump
- Custom-matched all-welded trailer with Vault oil bath hubs with five-year "No Touch" Warranty
|Length Overall||17' 4'' / 5.28 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||4.0 sec.|
|0 to 30||6.9 sec. (0-20 mph)|
|Ratio||1.83 : 1|
|Props||10 x 13|
|Load||2 persons, full fuel, no water, 10 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||82 deg.; 44% humidity; wind: 10- 25 mph; seas: calm|
1 x 60-hp Mercury EFI Four-Stroke
1 x 30-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke EFI
1 x 40-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke
1 x 50-hp Mercury Mercury ELPT 4-stroke
1 x 60-hp Mercury ELPT 4-stroke
|Gelcoat Warranty Extended||Three-Year Limited|
|Hull Warranty Extended||Limited Lifetime|
Captain’s Report by Dan Armitage
The Pro 17 Skiff CC is targeted to anglers who want an open, stable, full-feature fishing platform capable of accessing shallow waters – fresh or salt - under power of mid-range outboards.
We tested a Pro 17 Skiff CC packaged with a 60-hp Mercury EFI four-stroke, the hull’s maximum recommended power. So rigged, we reached a top speed of 34.9 mph at 5800 rpm burning 5.1 gallons per hour. We found the optimum cruising speed for the rig to be 21.3 mph, turning 4000 rpm while consuming 8.67 miles per gallon, giving the boat a cruising range of 47 miles with the standard 6 gallon fuel tank.
Mako’s Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull design, wide beam and foam-filled construction allows for a smooth, dry ride and stable platform through rougher conditions. The boat is built with 100% composite materials and despite weighing only 950 lbs. the hull has a 1400 lb. load capacity and is rated to carry up to five passengers.
Mako makes the most of the Pro 17 Skiff CC model’s one-piece molded center console. Anglers find vertical rod racks, a storage compartment below and trays up top. The minimalist dash features a tachometer standard with space for the optional Lowrance Mark-5x Pro fish finder. No additional electronics or gauges are offered; we’d like to see a simple compass available as an option.
Mako Assurance Warranty Program
Mako says its warranty includes--
Any angler looking for a bargain-priced, shallow-running fishing boat capable of taking a couple of family members or fishing buddies along for a day of sight casting and exploring fresh or salt waters where traditional-vee hull craft simply can't go, should consider the new Mako Pro 17 Skiff. We like this rig a lot and believe that plenty of near-shore light tackle anglers will too.