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(w/ 1 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax)


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Brief Summary

The Mako 21 LTS floats in just 12'' of water, which makes her fully capable on the tarpon and permit flats, but she has a lot more available fishing space than the typical 17-18-foot flats skiff. A 16-degree deadrise at the transom puts her on plane fast, and she has plenty of storage in the casting platforms both fore and aft. A 30-gallon aerated live well is standard, as is the rod box in the starboard bow step. She comes pre-wired for a bow-mount trolling motor.

Key Features

  • Raised bow casting deck with non-skid surface
  • Patented Rapid Planing System transom and Mako performance hull
  • 2 bow dry storage areas and starboard rod locker with organizers
  • Rotomolded console with rod holders and removable forward cooler/fishbox
  • 2-tone high-density marine-grade upholstery
  • Cockpit with 360-degree mobility and cushioned helm seat/cooler
  • In-deck hatch for easy access to 1,600 GPH bilge pump
  • Raised aft casting deck with 2 large dry storage compartments
  • 30-gal. aerated aft livewell with Pro-Air system
  • Custom-matched aluminum trailer with Sure Lube hubs
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 21'
    6.40 m
    Beam 8' 4''
    2.54 m
    Dry Weight 2,605 lbs.
    1,182 kg
    Tested Weight 3,698 lbs.
    1,677 kg
    Draft 12''
    .30 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 16-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 56 gal.
    212 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury EXLPT 4-stroke
    Tested Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax
    Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury XL OptiMax Pro XS
    1 x 200-hp Mercury XL OptiMax
    1 x 225-hp Mercury XL OptiMax Pro XS
    1 x 200-hp Mercury XL Verado

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    620 3.2 2.8 0.4 8.0 7.0 403 351 65
    1000 5.2 4.5 0.8 6.5 5.7 328 285 71
    1500 7.0 6.0 1.6 4.3 3.8 219 190 76
    2000 8.1 7.0 3.3 2.5 2.2 126 109 77
    2500 11.1 9.7 4.6 2.4 2.1 122 106 83
    3000 26.2 22.7 6.0 4.4 3.8 222 193 85
    3500 31.2 27.1 6.8 4.6 4.0 231 201 88
    4000 37.2 32.3 10.0 3.7 3.2 187 163 88
    4500 41.7 36.3 12.4 3.4 2.9 169 147 89
    5000 47.2 41.0 15.6 3.0 2.6 153 133 92
    5500 50.8 44.1 18.5 2.7 2.4 138 120 94
    620 351 649 5.10 1.51 3.40 65
    1000 285 528 8.40 3.03 2.76 71
    1500 190 352 11.30 6.06 1.85 76
    2000 109 203 13.00 12.30 1.06 77
    2500 106 196 17.90 17.41 1.02 83
    3000 193 357 42.20 22.52 1.87 85
    3500 201 372 50.20 25.74 1.95 88
    4000 163 301 59.90 37.85 1.58 88
    4500 147 272 67.10 46.94 1.43 89
    5000 133 246 76.00 58.86 1.29 92
    5500 120 222 81.80 70.03 1.16 94

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 1.0 sec.
    0 to 30 5.0 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19 P Tempest Plus
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 74.8 deg., 72 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 940

    Captain's Report

    Mako 21 LTS running shot
    The Mako 21 LTS has a length of 21’ (6.40 m), a beam of 8’4’’ (2.54 m) and a draft of 12’’ (.30 m).


    The 21 LTS is Mako’s largest flats boat possessing some 21’ (6.40 m) of fishable length. Additionally, she comes decently equipped at a wallet-conscious price point on a tandem-axle trailer. For power, this inshore machine is available with five different Mercury Marine power options ranging from 150-hp to 225-hp in 2- or 4-stroke versions, plus an additional five versions of trolling motors. With any of those motors, the 21 LTS should quickly get the boater to the fish and back with the brand's well-known ride quality.

    Mako 21 LTS layout
    The boat’s wide beam presents good workspace and there’s storage for all of the gear.

    Key Features

    • All composite hull construction with foam flotation
    • Propulsion options from 150 to 225-hp; 2 or 4-stroke
    • Forward and aft raised casting decks
    • Significant in-deck storage space
    • Standard aluminum trailer included


    The front casting deck features a wrap-around raised platform with easy clean non-skid surfacing and a helpful full-length toe kick. It also offers four deck compartments including a forward anchor locker with a removable bait tub. Two 90-quart (85.2-liter) boxes are situated on the port and starboard sides with a jumbo 136-quart (128.7 liter) box fitted in the middle. The smooth gel-coat lined compartments use stainless steel hinges and latches and gas-strut- assisted hatches. A construction detail worth noting, the bow and stern decks are both set-up with laminated aluminum backing plates for casting seat installations.

    Mako 21 LTS bait bucket
    The handy forward bait bucket minimizes trips aft to the livewell.
    Mako 21 LTS anchor locker
    When the bait tub is not in use, the storage area can be used for an anchor locker, but be mindful of the trolling motor cord if the boat is so equipped.
    Mako 21 LTS pull up cleat
    This pull-up cleat in the bow, which is for the anchor, is one of seven, and is impressive on a 21’ (6.40 m) boat.
    Mako 21 LTS rod storage
    The starboard side locker secures expensive and lucky rods from loss and the gas struts lets anglers use both hands to grab their tackle.

    A forward console seat supplies generous padding for guests and performs discreet double-duty. The back bolster pad hinges up to reveal space for two Plano 3600 Series tackle boxes, while the seat bottom cushion gives access to a 72-quart (68.1 L) removable cooler that straps in place so it stays secure.

    Mako 21 LTS forward cooler
    The forward cooler is intended to keep the catch iced, while the one at the helm is for food and beverages.

    The narrow helm console maximizes deck space while still offering the captain a comfortable workstation. The dash is equipped with a tachometer and fuel and water-pressure gauges plus some console space to mount flat-panel displays. Controls consist of a binnacle-mount throttle/shift with trim on the lever, and a Teleflex tilt hydraulic steering set-up. There are two cup holders with a 12-volt plug nearby so a cell phone can be charged.For comfort, the pilot and companion sit on a cushioned 94-quart (88.96 L) removable cooler that is housed in an aluminum-framed structure complete with flip-down footrest and four rod holders. The seat back is removable and can be placed at the stern to create a bench seat with a cushion that secures to the livewell hatch. This seat can be paired with the optional side jump seats to provide a flexible seating scenario for a bay cruise or for a post-fishing cold one.

    Mako 21 LTS aft seating
    The aft seating is shown here with optional cushions and the hatch in the sole provides access for maintenance.
    Mako 21 LTS helm
    Basic but functional, the helm features quick access to batteries and switches in the locker below.

    The aft casting deck gives ample space for two anglers to work, plus has a 30-gallon (113.6 L) livewell with aeration system located in the sole. On either side of the livewell are two large dry storage compartments that could be good for foul weather gear and other such necessities.

    Mako 21 LTS aft casting seat
    The aft casting deck is home to two storage compartments and a centrally positioned livewell.
    Mako 21 LTS livewell
    The 30-gallon (114 L) livewell is painted blue and has rounded corners to help keep bait calm. As with all the hatches on board, this one is gasketed and guttered.

    Hull and Deck

    Taking a look at the 21 LTS’ construction, Mako employees hand-laminate the hull, deck and one-piece fiberglass stringer system and then chemically bond together the three. The hull-to-deck joint is chemically bonded and mechanically fastened every 6” (.15 m) with stainless-steel hardware. All voids are filled with flotation foam to absorb vibration and sound, we're told by the builder. The molded helm console is mechanically and chemically fastened in place with quarter-inch aluminum backing plates. The transom is also beefed-up with a powder-coated reinforcement plate for the motor.


    The Mako 21 LTS has a LOA of 21’ (6.40 m), a beam of 8’4” (2.54 m) and a draft of 12” (.30 m). With an empty weight of 2,605 lbs. (1,182 kg), 50% fuel, test power and two people on board, we had an estimated test weight of 3,698 lbs. (1,677 kg).The 21 LTS base model comes standard with a 150 horsepower Mercury 4-stroke outboard and Mako offers the boat with four other Mercury propulsion packages. They include the supercharged 4-stroke Mercury Verado 200, or owners can choose among 2-stroke Mercury OptiMax outboards rated at 150, 200 and 225-hp, respectively.

    Mako 21 LTS running shot
    With an optional 200-hp outboard, the 21 LTS exceeds 50 mph and has plenty of power for tow sports.

    We tested the boat

    with a Mercury 200-hp OptiMax 2-stroke turning a 19” pitch stainless-steel three-blade propeller and the 21 LTS hit a top speed of 50.8 mph at 5500 rpm, burning 18.5 gph, giving her a range of 139 miles at WOT. Best cruise was 31.2 mph at 3500 rpm. The motor burned 6.8 gph, resulting in a range of 231 miles. The 21 LTS has what Mako calls the Rapid Planing System in her bottom design at the stern, and the boat accelerated to 20 mph in 3.3 seconds and to 30 mph in 5 seconds even, which should make her a capable towboat for tubing or boarding. Bow rise was minimal and our test driver maintained his sightlines throughout the process.In maneuverability tests, the 21 LTS met every challenge we threw at her. She transitions through S turns cleanly and held her line through sweeping arcs. When we crossed wakes and wind-whipped chop, she felt solid and the wide bow flare helped knock down spray.

    Mako 21 LTS running shot
    In turns, the 21 LTS has a sporty, nimble feel and the sharp bow entry cuts through chop and wakes.


    Note: Pricing includes an aluminum tandem-axle trailer.Mercury 150 EXLPT $33,995Mercury OptiMax 150 XL $33,995Mercury OptiMax 200 XL $36,995Mercury OptiMax 225 XL $39,395Mercury Verado 200 XL $40,995

    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
    • Transferrable to a second owner
    Mako 21 LTS jack plate
    Depending on application, a jack plate can give 6’’ to 8’’ of lift to the motor.

    Options to Consider

    • Hydraulic jack plate ($1,725 for a 6” plate for the V-6 Mercury Verado or $1,425 for an 8” plate for the other outboards offered)
    • Power-Pole 8’ (2.44 m) shallow-water anchor system ($2,530)
    • Fore and aft tournament seats (includes seats, bases, poles and spyders) ($815)
    • Removable helm or stern seat backrest ($280)
    • MotorGuide VariMAX V75SW trolling motor with 24-volt 75-lb. thrust and 60” shaft ($1,250)
    • Bimini top with stainless-steel frame ($930)
    Mako 21 LTS running shot
    One of the available options on the 21 LTS is colored hullsides. Shown here is Seafoam Green. Buyers can also choose Blue, Onyx, Fighting Lady, Yellow, Pompano Silver or Victory Red.


    The biggest boat in the Mako flats fleet, the 21 LTS is laid out well for fishing and can cruise capably when the family wants to put away the rods. The forward casting deck is large and there’s good storage space for rods and gear beneath the hatches in the sole. The aft livewell will keep bait active and the stern deck lets anglers spread out to work a hot spot.Cooler-top lounges in the bow and at the helm provide versatile seating and the optional cushions in the stern will come in handy for cruising. The choice of outboards lets buyers fine-tune the power to the intended use.Finally, for the reasonable price, the tandem-axle aluminum trailer completes the package, giving buyers a turn-key rig that they can take straight to the ramp.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Mako 21 LTS (2015-) is 50.8 mph (81.8 kph), burning 18.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 70.02 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Mako 21 LTS (2015-) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 4.59 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.95 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 231 miles (371.76 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard


    Bimini Top Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Limited Lifetime
    Gelcoat Warranty

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