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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Mako 19 CPX (2015-) is 50.9 mph (81.9 kph), burning 13.85 gallons per hour (gph) or 52.42 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Mako 19 CPX (2015-) is 22.8 mph (36.7 kph), and the boat gets 6.41 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.73 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 271 miles (436.13 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
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