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    I am considering purchasing a 1989 Mako 285 dual console boat. I really like the layout. The only info I can seem to find of this boat is the limited spec information on Mako's website. Any body out there have any experience or opinion of this big rig??


    LOA ~30.5'

    Weight: 6000lbs (w/out power)

    Beam: 9' 10"

    max hp: 600hp

  • #2
    I have fished on one that size once. It was equipped with a tower and a fighting chair and twin 200 hp Yam. The day I fished on it the weather was calm. I liked the set up and thought it was a warhorse of a fishing boat.

    The owner regularly ran 100 miles offshore of Texas and fished for several days. He commented that in a head sea it was awesome but could not handle a following at all. I think this is probably b/c there are no strakes on the bottom to help it track. The owner did not think the cabin up front was good for anything but storage though.

    Columbus, Georgia[br]1973 Mako 17 angler \"Reel\'s Angler\"


    • #3
      Thanks for the reply.

      My thoughts were similar after my test ride. Handled head on seas amazingly well, was really squirrely in following seas. I like the small cuddy - wouldn't want to give up much more space outside to make it any larger.