Boat of the Week: The Classic Mako 261

This classic 1976 Mako 261 has been meticulously maintained.

Once a classic, always a classic: this vintage 1976 Mako center console has proven to be a versatile, elegant workhorse, whether you’re chasing after prized catches, soaking in breathtaking sunsets, discovering secluded beaches, or unwinding at waterfront cafes. The Mako is as easy to run as it is to maintain, and it’s recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment to provide many more years of enjoyment on the water.

One unique feature of this particular boat of the week will be music to your ears–literally. A newly installed Apollo™MS-RA670 Marine Stereo featuring built-in DSP technology allows you to immerse yourself in a symphony of high-quality sound while you’re on the water. Enhanced by eight cutting-edge Garmin Fusion color-changing speakers and a powerful subwoofer, your adventures will be accompanied by crystal-clear audio, no matter the volume.

This particular boat’s Fusion stereo system were the subject of a recent review in Chesapeake Bay Magazine:

The classic Mako 261 is legendary for its rock-solid ride and performance. Powered by a robust 2006 two-stroke 300hp Yamaha outboard engine boasting a mere 340 hours of operation, this 26-foot boat delivers exhilarating acceleration, nimble handling, and impressive range for extended journeys.

Mako boats have a well-earned reputation for solid construction and seaworthiness, and this boat’s extended record of service proves the brand’s long-lasting value. Makos are built with a 100%-composite Coosa structure and 100%-fiberglass stringer system. Coosa panels are a high-density, closed-cell, polyurethane foam impregnated with layers of fiberglass to serve as a strong, reliable alternative to plywood that might decay over time.

With a time-tested deep-V hull design and a generous 9’6″ beam, it effortlessly glides through the Bay’s choppy waters, providing smooth and stable cruising even in challenging conditions. The exaggerated bow flare assures a dry ride.

The spacious deck layout provides plenty of room for all waterborne activities, particularly fishing. The low-profile handrail around the bow deck and the big, open cockpit offer 360-degree fishability, with ample room for casting, fighting fish, and maneuvering around the boat. Abundant fishing amenities include numerous rod holders, storage compartments, and a sizable livewell, catering to the needs of avid anglers.

The helm is protected by a T-top housing a new Stryker electronics box complete with two four-inch speakers and LED lights. As many as four guests can lounge on the new Sunbrella cushions on the facing bow settees. All seats lift up to reveal a wealth of storage for rods and other gear. A hatch under the console provides access to the two batteries and even more storage.

Meticulously maintained with an “open checkbook” approach, the vessel has been winterized and securely housed in a boatel year-round, assuring peak performance and longevity. Call to schedule a test drive today.


Length: 26′-0″
Beam: 9′- 6″
Draft: 22″
Approx. Weight: 6500 lbs
Fuel capacity: 110 gal
Power: 2006 two-stroke 300hp Yamaha outboard
Price: $29,000
Contact: Heathar
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