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October 26, 2001

Mako 221 CC

"I believe the 221 provides as much working space as many 25-footers, thanks to the design of the transom and bow."

I believe the 221 provides as much working space as many 25-footers, thanks to the design of the transom and bow. On centerline, you can walk aft all the way to the engine since there's no splashboard or enclosed transom. This certainly makes working a fish around the stem much easier. In addition, a sizable live well in the port aft comer keeps baits near enough at hand so you may not even need to move your feet to re-rig.

Forward, you'll find a unique flip-up seat on centerline, bridging the gap between the two bow seats. This arrangement allows you to stand right up against the forward bulwark when chasing a fish. The seat, when folded up, rises above the branwale to just below your waist, making a great leaning post for fighting fish from the bow. I'd suggest a fastener of some sort to keel) it folded when you aren't leaning against it. At other times, you can fold it clown to make a casting platform.

Under-gunwale rod storage comes up a tad short with space for only two rigs on each side. However, room for four in the leaning post, four ira the optional T-top and two ingunwale offers storage for a total of 14 rods, and any serious angler can certainly come up with more storage possibilities.

Generally, people like me (6 feet 4 inches and well over 200 pounds) find boats under 26 feet a mite uncomfortable due to limitations of scale. The Mako 221 was an exception. Even though the steering wheel didn't tilt, I found the helm ergonomics very comfortable, providing plenty of room between wheel and helmsman. At the same time, there's no sense of the leaning post taking up valuable cockpit space.

The Mako 221 also offers a surprising amount of d~' storage space inside the console arid forward seats. A very shallow Lucite glove box on the console might handle some small flush-mounted electronics but will probably end up as a catch-all. I'd like to see a bit more toe space under the console. And for safety's sake, I really hope Mako puts a grab rail on the helm console.

Mako's reputation has withstood some tough times. Some years ago, Mako was considered the benchmark by which all offshore outboard fishing boats were measured. Mako can be proud that the quality of its hand-laid fiberglass construction, polyester resins and excellent gel-coats -- along with an exceptional stringer system and hull-to-deck joint - has been brought back to its heyday level.