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July 15, 2005

McKee Craft Marathon 184 Center Console

McKee Craft doesn't toot its own horn much, so let us do it for them. It builds very advanced, unsinkable, high-quality boats that perform particularly well for a very affordable price.

McKee Craft claims that you can do 40 mph in this boat with a 115-hp outboard. Imagine what the max-rated 150-hp would do.

The company doesn't toot its own horn much, so let us do it for them. It builds very advanced, unsinkable, high-quality boats that perform particularly well for a very affordable price. Each 184 is built of 100-percent composite, closed-cell foam coring constructed using a pressure-bonding system.This system locks the hull and deck molds together, then pumps closed-cell foam between the two under pressure so it fills every nook and cranny. You can cut the boat into as many pieces as you want and they all float. Deck coring contains ceramic microfibers to boost strength while dropping weight at the same time. McKee Craft also raises the deck inside the console to assure that your dry storage there stays dry.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA 18 ft. 4 in. 
BEAM 7 ft.
DEADRISE 18 deg.
DRAFT 1 ft. 5 in.
WEIGHT 1,750 lb. (w/o power)
FUEL 65 gal.
MAX HP 150-hp
MSRP $24,737 (w/115-hp OB)

McKee Craft
Fairmont, North Carolina
910-628-0926
www.mckeecraft.com

Though McKee Craft calls the 184 a center console, many actually consider it a bay skiff, thanks to the huge fish/storage box in the bow that doubles as a casting deck. You can opt for a bow chair and trolling-motor wiring there as well. Another great aspect to the foam coring is that every box is exceptionally well-insulated.

In each aft corner, you'll also find 11-gallon lighted livewells. You get vertical storage for four rods in the gunwales, undergunwale storage for six more, a tackle center with four storage drawers and a cooler with a seat forward of the console and rawwater washdown.