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Brief Summary

This 28' 4'' (8.63 m) fish boat is loaded with standard features but still offers some options that will make your 284 even more complete. Of course it's all packaged together in a hull that has a legendary performance heritage and a strong rep for delivering a dry ride. It's packaged with twin Mercury engines, and you can have your choice of either Verado's or Optimax models up to 300-hp. Mako tells us that this boat has gotten a makeover of some of its key features, so let's take a look at how they've done.

Key Features

  • Rugged fiberglass Deep V hull design with 1-piece integrated stringer grid with molded gelcoat finish
  • In-deck water channels
  • Center console with fully lined head enclosure, digital gauges, oversized electronics mounting surface, recessed & covered electrical switches, glass windshield, grab rail & forward-console seat with insulated & drained cooler
  • Black canvas T-top with electronics box, flourescent ligh, spreader lights & 5 rod holders
  • Improved electrical & plumbing layouts for easy access
  • Battery switch panel with removable knobs for added security
  • Redundant bilge pump system with dual 2,000 GPH (7,570.82 LPH) pumps
  • Bait prep station with redundant 50-gal. (189.27 L) baitwell fed by 1,650 GPH (6,245.93 LPH) pump with 1,100 GPH (4,163.95 LPH) backup pump, removable cutting board, tackle storage, rod holders & sink with on-demand freshwater
  • Wide cushioned leaning post with lockable storage & backrest
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 28' 4''
    8.64 m
    Beam 9' 10''
    3.0 m
    Dry Weight 6,000 lbs.
    2,721 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 21''
    0.53 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 235 gal.
    890 L
    Water Capacity none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 2 x 200-hp Mercury OptiMax XL
    2 x 225-hp Mercury OptiMax XL
    2 x 250-hp Mercury OptiMax XL
    2 x 200-hp Mercury Verado XL
    2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado XL

    Captain's Report

    Mako 284 CC
    Twin engines and a 21-degree deadrise mean a boat that can deliver, and take what Mother Nature decides to dish out. Her hull weight of 6,000 lbs (2,721 kg) will keep you stable and steady.

    Captain's Report by Captain Steve

    What's New?

    It's hard to fix something if it isn't broke, but the design team at Mako listens to their customers' feedback and acts on it. And so, there have been some changes to the 284 CC's components. First, the center console itself received a do-over, and a good one at that. The most notable difference is the open electronics panel that now accommodates not only dual 15" (38 cm) displays but a third 12" (30.5 cm) as well. This accommodates those multitudes of captains who don't like to share their displays with split screens and can now have charting, radar, and sonar outputs all at their disposal with a larger view of each. To someone like me who needs glasses to read, this is a boon and makes distance navigation so much easier. I love multiple displays over multiple readouts on a single display.

    Mako 284 CC

    Mako 284 CC
    Here we have the usual layout of a center console with plenty of storage and the right amount of fish boxes.

    Then there are the switches. They were subject to accidental knee bumps, and I've had my share of those. Now the switch panel is recessed and covered, so not only are the accidents rectified but the covering requires a simple reach under, rather than the opening of a cover to hit a switch. Very nice compromise and nicely executed. Circuit breakers are under each switch. Next, there's the head enclosure. When you design a head at a desk in the design office, you think of how much space you need and that's it. Get offshore and get knocked around in that little enclosure and you start to see the need for a little padding on the bulkheads. Mako finally delivered on this and the Mako 284 Center Console now has a padded head.

    Mako 284 CC
    Mako has created a well designed and thoughtfully executed panel in the 284. Not only did they add room for more displays but the ergonomics of the switch panel came into play. More improvements are inside the console.

    What's Not New?

    Rest assured that the integrity and performance hull design have not been tampered with. The rugged deep-V hull with 21-degree deadrise, the one piece integrated stringer grid, and the heavy-duty, fiberglass-encapsulated transom with its 2" (5.08 cm) fiberglass-impregnated, high-density composite core all remain intact.


    A walkthrough of the layout shows a very thorough design and arrangement. The standard bow rails carry well back to the center console. An anchor locker is covered by a louvered door so your wet rode can dry out sufficiently. I would strongly recommend the optional anchor roller and windlass (add $1,500) if you are the bottom fishing type and use the ground tackle regularly.

    Mako 284 CC
    Gutters all around the deck will channel water to the dual deck drains to either side of the aft cockpit. Notice all hardware is stainless steel.

    The two forward seats allow for 214 quarts (202.5 L) of storage underneath. In the center of the foredeck is a 470-quart (444.8 L) storage bin. Just aft, is the usual forward facing seat with a 36-quart (34L) cooler underneath. Access to the head is via a starboard side door that is gasketed all around, and if you like to store your gear inside, then feel free as the compartment is also lockable. A portlight on the opposite side allows natural light to enter. Inside I found 6'3" (1.9 m) of headroom, a freshwater sink, plus convenient access on the back bulkhead to the battery bank and backside of the electronics panel. An optional electric head with holding tank is available as part of the Bluewater Package, that also includes an outrigger-ready fiberglass T-top (add $8,500).

    Mako 284 CC
    The batteries and switches are accessed via the head. Locking the door keeps your boat from being started without you, as long as you leave the switches off.
    Mako 284 CC
    The bow features the usual storage areas under the seats, and without the cushions you have standing access for fighting and casting. Notice the louvered door to the anchor storage. All the hatches are back-gelled and supported with gas-assist struts.

    Speaking of tops, the standard outrigger-ready T-top with black canvas cover, 5 rod holders, electronics box, fluorescent light and 3 spreader lights will suffice nicely, but with a Mako, are you really content to suffice? I didn't think so. The optional Gulfstream Package has a fiberglass T-top in addition to a battery charger, anchor windlass w/rode, bow cushions, aft bench seat, electric head w/tank and full coaming bolsters with fore and aft cushions. You'll also need that hardtop if you plan on loading the panel with electronics that will include radar.

    Moving Aft

    Behind the helm is a leaning post that features a bait prep station with freshwater sink, a removable cutting board, a 50 gallon (189.27 L) aerated anti-slosh baitwell and plenty of tackle storage in addition to a full width storage area accessed from the front of the unit.

    Mako 284 CC
    Always a welcome sight is the stowable rumble seat. This one lies flush and out of the way when not in use. Notice the wrap-around bolsters.

    To either side of the helm and leaning post are two 97.5 gallon (369L) insulated in-deck fish boxes with overboard drains. A lazarette/pump room is accessed via the center mounted hatch that, along with all the other hatches, is back-gelled for a finished off look. Three flush-mounted rod holders are in the caprails both to port and starboard. Under the gunwales I found not only rod storage, but a raw water washdown to port. A transom door allows for hauling in a prize catch or access as a diving platform, and a reboarding ladder can be mounted to either swim platform - but I'd rather see a reboarding ladder that can be deployed from in the water.

    Engines and Pricing

    As I said, you've got choices in powering your Mako but they're all from Mercury. The base boat is powered by a pair of Merc OptiMax 200XLs for $89,995 less freight and prep. You can opt up to a pair of 225XLs for an additional $2,200, or go all the way to the 250s for $5,100 over base. If you’re a fan of Verado's, you can start with the 200XLs for $97,835, upgrade to the 225s for an additional $4,660, go for the 250s for an added $7,325, and finally you can reach a pair of 300 Verados for a total of $109,395. Mako is no stranger to the well thought out center console, and this 284 is a continuation of that mindset. You'll be hard pressed not to appreciate the standard package, but with some much desired options, you'll find yourself the envy of everyone who steps aboard, and isn't that what pride of ownership is all about? Oh yeah, it's about the fish too.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard T-top
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    NMMA Certification Yes
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