Mako's 204 CC has the necessary depth and flare to perform well in near-shore angling action, and the 18-degree deadrise should provide quick planing and reasonably soft entry when running rough water. The 12-inch draft makes it a good inshore boat as well, and there's plenty of storage below decks for all the gear anglers want for a day on the water.
- Foam filled, all-composite hull construction
- Propulsion options from 150 to 225-hp 4-stroke
- Standard aluminum trailer included
- Under-gunwale port and starboard rod racks
- Gunwale-mounted rod holders
- Center console with analog gauges, footrest and electronics mounting surface
- 2-tone high-density marine-grade vinyl upholstery with stain-resistant coating and composite substrates on seats
- Forward-console seat with livewell and 2 pedestal helm seats
- In-deck bow storage compartment
- Port and starboard bow seating with 80-qt. insulated fishboxes with drains below
|Length Overall||20' 4'' / 6.20 m|
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1 x 150-hp Mercury XL 4-stroke
1 x 200-hp Mercury XL OptiMax
1 x 225-hp Mercury XL OptiMax Pro XS
1 x 200-hp Mercury XL Verado L4
1 x 225-hp Mercury XL Verado
|Gelcoat Warranty Extended||3-Year|
|Hull Warranty Extended||Limited Lifetime|
Mako’s 204 CC was designed to be a solid, offshore capable fishing platform with options to convert it into a family runabout perfect for weekend playtime. Five different power options from Mercury Marine ensure that consumers can match the power to their specific application.
The bow area features several seating and casting opportunities molded into the deck. On the port and starboard sides, there are bench seats equipped with long stainless steel grab rails and a pair of drink holders. Both sides have large hatches that serve as seat bottoms as well as giving access to the 80 quart, self-draining fishboxes within. Removable seat cushions are available from the factory at $525, a real necessity if the boat used for entertaining and cruising purposes.
A third seat is located forward of the center console and does double duty as the boat’s livewell. With a capacity of 84 quarts, this livewell is centrally located for all the anglers on board to use. Just forward, is a 124 quart locker situated in the sole of the bow for fenders and lines.
of the 204 CC supplies an elevated casting platform with a good non-skid deck surface. Mako also incorporated a recessed anchor locker here for a Danforth-style hook. A pair of chocks and a small cleat provides mooring hardware up front, while two sets of cleats are at the stern and amidships.
layout is pure utility on the 204 CC. A shallow, fiberglass molded swim platform and engine well provide secure access to the water for swimmers and snorkeling. The transom provides a generous centerline notch for effortless movement to the platform and for landing large prey. As an option, the boat can be fitted with a pair of folding and removable aft jump seats that are situated at an angle off the transom.
The captain’s comfort
is comprised of a pair of adjustable pedestal seats that are standard, but a traditional styled leaning post for two is a better option. The anodized aluminum seat frame supplies four rod holders as well as a footrest for the pilot. Even better is the upgraded flip-flop style helm seat with an integrated 72 quart cooler. I like this set-up the best as it keeps the deck uncluttered and improves the seating potential.
The helm’s dash panel is basic and functional while providing adequate space for mounting electronics. Depending on which power package is rigged, Mercury SmartCraft gauges and Vessel View monitors can be used for the latest in vessel management. Digital throttle and shift is provided from Mercury on most models of engines as well. And since the SmartCraft system is NMEA 2000 complient, it can integrate with third-party fishfinders and chartplotters. Hydraulic steering is available for some models, as is the stainless steel steering wheel and tilt function.
For maximizing comfort on hot days is the optional aluminum framed T-top that extends shade over the helm as well as the forward console seating. The top includes four rocket launchers and provisions for mounting out riggers, if desired.
Hull and Deck
Mako’s reputation for being a dry riding boat is aided by a high freeboard and wide chines on the running surface. The boat's 100% composite construction and one-piece fiberglass stringer system is foam filled after the hull and deck are chemically bonded and fastened together. This makes for a rigid and quiet ride.
Aesthetically, a two-tone hull side paint option is available in several attractive colors. This costs $640, but when coupled to a matching colored canvas top, it really makes the 204 CC a sharp looking machine.
The Mako 204 CC is offered with five different propulsion packages to choose from, all from Mercury Marine. The base model comes standard with Mercury’s 150 horsepower 4-stroke outboard, which meets EPA three star emissions requirements.
Other 4-stroke options
include the supercharged Mercury Verado in either 200 or 225 horsepower configurations. There is also a 2-stroke engine option to choose from: the direct-injected Mercury OptiMax. Available in either 200 or 225 horsepower, these engines are slated for those seeking the quickest way to the fishing grounds.
Note: Pricing includes an aluminum tandem axle trailer.
Base price with Mercury 150 XL power: $37,995
With 200 Mercury OptiMax: $40,995
With 225 Mercury OptiMax Pro XS: $43,395
With 200 Mercury Verado: $44,595
With 225 Mercury Verado: $46,795
Mako Assurance Warranty Program
Mako says its warranty includes--
Options To Consider
Mako’s options list has just the right amount of choices to custom rig the boat for the owner's needs, whether it be for fishing or family fun. Regardless of the power chosen, trim tabs are one of the best items to have installed, and at $795 they are well worth it.
Of course, the seating upgrades are totally predicated on personal use, but the cockpit coaming bolsters will certainly improve the fishing comfort. Water babies will appreciate the extended swim platform and boarding ladder, along with the freshwater transom shower.