About Us

MAKO Marine Africa has been based in Cape Town, South Africa since 1991. The owner, Mark Louw, started racing inflatable boats at a young age and became South African Champion (1991 & 1992), and The Trans Agulhas (“Toughest boat race in the world”) Champion (1991 & 1992).

The success of the MAKO boat designs developed out of this experience which demanded innovation, product quality and performance.

MAKO now specializes in the supply of bespoke Commercial, Naval, and security patrol vessels into Africa.

All of our products are built using the finest internationally sourced materials,

Mako Marine Africa Team

Mark Louw - Mako Marine Africa Director

Mark Louw – Managing Director

Kieran Hughes – Technical Director

Our boats are built to last. Built in Africa for Africa.


We work closely with clients during the development process to understand their specific needs before any manufacturing commences. This tailored approach means that every boat you buy from MAKO is ideally suited to the role it needs to fill, ensuring it delivers maximum performance, capability and effectiveness.


MAKO offers flexible modular solutions to meet our customer’s specific requirements, from a range of well proven platforms.



This model of specialists working together, overseen by Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, ensures that all the components of your boat are manufactured to the highest possible level of quality.


MAKO concentrates on the design, development and final assembly of craft, with key components manufactured by specialists in those areas.

What we do…

MAKO Marine Africa specializes in supplying custom-made military and commercial RHIBS, fully inflatables, custom built boats, boat repairs and boat training.