In 1966, MAKO® boats launched a groundbreaking new product—a rugged, roomy and very seaworthy center-console 19-foot bay boat that would change the saltwater sportfishing industry forever. The boat was revealed at the 1967 Miami Boat Show, and it was so well received that 400 orders were taken—almost unheard of even today at a boat show.
MAKO boats quickly garnered a reputation as overbuilt, hardcore fishing machines built to take you to the fish even in adverse conditions—and that would keep you, your crew and your family safe while doing so. MAKO owners became more and more devoted as the years passed, and owner Funaments popped up in Florida, the Gulf and along the Atlantic seaboard as a way for enthusiasts to gather, fish, socialize and tell tall tales.
Over five decades later, now under the leadership of Johnny Morris and White River Marine Group®, the devout following of MAKO owners is more numerous and vibrant than ever. In the tradition of our founding, we continue to build boats stronger than they have to be. It is with a passionate spirit of innovation that we continue to develop new technologies and techniques that will make your inshore and offshore experiences unforgettable.
In the late 1960s, MAKO Boats, a new concept of rugged center-console saltwater boats, was born. At the same time, a young Johnny Morris was just about to graduate college in Springfield, Missouri—and his first B.A.S.S. Tournament was just around the corner. And an idea was beginning to form in his mind, too. One that would lead to Bass Pro Shops® and White River Marine Group (WMRG).
Fast forward 30 years, and the destinies of these great companies converged—MAKO had become one of the most respected names in saltwater, and Bass Pro Shops was on the way to becoming one of the largest outdoor sporting goods companies in the world. WRMG acquired MAKO in 1996. The combined might of these two brands assured that MAKO offshore and inshore boats would become better than ever.
Today, WRMG is the largest boat builder in the world by volume. And as a member of this great family, MAKO is able to integrate decades of legendary saltwater performance, along with its own legendary boat-building heritage, into every model.
When you join the MAKO family, you become part of a group of fiercely loyal anglers that know the durability and fishability that these boats offer. And you’ll begin to feel peace of mind knowing that a stable industry leader with over 200 dealers and service centers across North America backs you through every adventure.