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(w/ 2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado)


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Brief Summary

With a 9'10" (2.99 m) beam and lots of bow flair, the Mako 284 CC is clearly designed to handle fishing far offshore in any reasonable sea conditions, and her top speed of 54.5 mph gets anglers out there fast.

Key Features

  • Rugged fiberglass Deep V hull design with 1-piece integrated stringer
  • In-deck water channels
  • Center console helm with fully lined head enclosure, digital gauges and oversized electronics mounting surface
  • T-top with electronics box, flourescent light, spreader lights and 5 rod holders
  • Easy-access electrical and plumbing layouts
  • Battery switch panel with removable knobs for added security
  • Bilge pump system with dual 2,000 gph pumps
  • Bait prep station with 50-gal. livewell including backup pump
  • Wide cushioned leaning post with lockable storage and backrest
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 28' 4''
    8.63 m
    Beam 9' 10''
    2.99 m
    Dry Weight 6,000 lbs.
    2,722 kg
    Tested Weight 8,074 lbs.
    3,662 kg
    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 228 gal.
    863 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    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 2 x 200-hp Mercury Verado XL (L4)
    Tested Power 2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado
    Opt. Power 2 x 225-hp Mercury Verado XL
    2 x 250-hp Mercury Verado XL
    2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado XL
    2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado XL with joystick piloting

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 3.8 3.3 0.9 4.2 3.6 855 743 62
    1000 6.5 5.6 2.2 2.9 2.6 602 523 74
    1500 8.0 6.9 3.7 2.2 1.9 441 383 74
    2000 9.2 8.0 5.8 1.6 1.4 325 283 76
    2500 13.5 11.7 8.8 1.5 1.3 315 274 83
    3000 18.3 15.9 11.8 1.6 1.4 318 277 85
    3500 30.3 26.3 17.0 1.8 1.6 365 318 83
    4000 34.7 30.1 21.8 1.6 1.4 326 284 85
    4500 40.3 35.0 27.3 1.5 1.3 303 263 87
    5000 44.4 38.6 36.2 1.2 1.1 251 219 89
    5500 50.1 43.5 48.2 1.0 0.9 213 185 90
    5900 54.5 47.3 59.6 0.9 0.8 187 163 95
    600 743 1376 6.10 3.41 1.77 62
    1000 523 969 10.50 8.33 1.25 74
    1500 383 710 12.90 14.01 0.91 74
    2000 283 523 14.80 21.96 0.68 76
    2500 274 507 21.70 33.31 0.65 83
    3000 277 512 29.50 44.67 0.66 85
    3500 318 587 48.80 64.35 0.76 83
    4000 284 525 55.80 82.52 0.68 85
    4500 263 488 64.90 103.34 0.62 87
    5000 219 404 71.50 137.03 0.52 89
    5500 185 343 80.60 182.46 0.44 90
    5900 163 301 87.70 225.61 0.39 95

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.1 sec.
    0 to 30 7.0 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 19 pitch Mirage Plus
    Load 2 persons, 13/50 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 85 deg., 78 humid.; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 19

    Captain's Report

    Mako 284 CC
    The Mako 284 CC has a LOA of 28’4” (8.63 m), a beam of 9’10” (2.99 m), and a draft of 21” (53.34 cm).

    Mission Statement

    The Mako 284 CC is clearly designed for bluewater saltwater fishing. She’s got high freeboard to handle beam seas on a drift, a nicely flared bow to handle waves, and her interior appointments are well suited to the task. It’s a model that’s been around a while, but like all good things, she keeps getting improved, mostly as a response to customer feedback.

    Mako 284 CC
    Mako’s 284 CC has an excellent layout that has stood the test of time and is consistent with most center consoles on the market. Her features, hull shape, and price make the difference.
    Mako 284 CC
    With plenty of storage she can hold not only the day’s catch but enough gear for several guys. Her size can certainly be an asset.

    Features Inspection

    Fishing Features

    The Mako 284 CC was designed specifically for taking anglers offshore and getting them back safely, regardless of the pop-up conditions we’ve all been caught in. And since she’s all about fishing, let’s take a look at some of her fishing features.

    Mako 284 CC
    The bait station is well rigged with a freshwater sink, cutting surface, livewell, rod holders, tool holders, and drink holders.
    Mako 284 CC
    The livewell has baffle protection, rounded corners and a blue interior -- all to lessen the shock effect on live bait. The lid is clear and gasketed.
    Mako 284 CC
    There’s good tackle storage in the deluxe leaning post. Here, at the port side of the leaning post, there are not only built in drawers, but Plano tackle boxes as well. And notice the lift and lock latch instead of the turn and lock latch.
    Mako 284 CC
    A raw water washdown stores in the side of the bait station and provides unlimited water for cleaning the area up.
    Mako 284 CC
    Under gunwale rod storage hold rods up to 7’ (2.13 m).
    Mako 284 CC
    There are two 390 quart (369 L) in-deck fishboxes with gravity drainage and diaphragm pumps, one to either side of the bait station.
    Mako 284 CC
    Are fish really biting today? Well once the in-deck lockers are filled, go ahead and use these bow seats to store the catch. They hold 214 quarts (202.5L) and are self draining overboard.
    Mako 284 CC
    Standard bolsters surround the rear port, rear starboard and stern sections of the interior of the 284 CC. The fold-down transom seat is optional.


    One of the things that impressed us with the 284 is how Mako considered the human element when designing her. Nearly everywhere we looked, there was a convenience factor, and these little things add up.

    Mako 284 CC
    Not many companies that we’ve seen have the courtesy or forethought to angle the far side of the console so the second display is more perpendicular to the captain's eyes.
    Mako 284 CC
    Mako went with a three-piece windshield instead of the typical single piece curved type. Now, when a sinker flies into it, only a single piece needs to be replaced instead of the whole thing. Not shown in this image, but the compass is in line with the helm. We’ve seen lots of builders that just plop it right in the middle of the panel, which guarantees an error when holding a course.
    Mako 284 CC
    Under the helm seat at the leaning post there’s plenty of storage, and even a convenient lockable glove box.
    Mako 284 CC
    There’s nothing worse than a seat that keeps opening just from the captain leaning against it like a bolster, or even sitting on the edge. Here, there’s a latch on the starboard side to keep the seat closed until needed.
    Mako 284 CC
    Both the port and starboard bulwarks feature these convenient tilt-out storage bins.
    Mako 284 CC
    We’ve never seen a mirror on the inside of the hatch. Now even short captains can see the contents without climbing onto the seat. Nice touch! And look at the twin gas struts to hold the hatch open.
    Mako 284 CC
    The ship’s main electrical panel is located inside the lockable head compartment. For an added safety feature, the knobs are removable, so even if someone breaks the lock, they still can’t power up the boat.
    Mako 284 CC
    A Porta-Potti comes standard with a freshwater sink, mirror, and cargo storage, but our test boat included the optional electric head with overboard discharge.
    Mako 284 CC
    Under the forward console seat is a built-in insulated cooler flanked by a pair of drink holders.
    Mako 284 CC
    Between the bow seats is in-deck storage that can even accommodate a boater's best friend… a 5 gallon (19 L) bucket.

    Comfort Features

    Long hauls out to the middle grounds and back can be tiring for those that aren’t used to it. The 284 CC is designed with comfort in mind to make the trip less stressful on her occupants.

    Mako 284 CC
    An optional rear bench seat can make the difference between standing and sitting for the long trips. This is an option we would take.
    Mako 284 CC
    Check out the custom embroidery on the seat back. We like the idea of the handholds being part of the T-top supports, but why not bring them up just a bit more?
    Mako 284 CC
    Boaters in the northern latitudes will love this option that will extend the season well into the cold weather.


    Having an ideal fishboat means that she has to be offering features that make operating her as enjoyable as fishing with her. With the 284 CC, we think Mako delivers.

    Mako 284 CC
    The cast aluminum wheel has a steering knob and is mounted to a tilt base. Mako went with Mercury’s DTS engine controls and a trio of SmartCraft gauges just above the helm.
    Mako 284 CC
    While the helm is well laid out, we’d like to see another location for these switches and ignitions, away from the knee strike zone.
    Mako 284 CC
    The helm bench seat also serves as a comfortable stand-up operating station with the curved front. Notice the molded footrest under the console.
    Mako 284 CC
    The anchor locker is under the foredeck. The hatch is notched to accommodate the rode when not deployed. We like the proper centerline cleat and port and starboard chalks.
    Mako 284 CC
    Base engines are a pair of 200 XL Mercury Verados. Options go up to 300 XL’s with joystick piloting.
    Mako 284 CC
    Access to the pumps and thru-hull fittings is in a hatch to the rear of the cockpit. Notice the close-molded hatch, finished on both sides and held open with a gas strut.
    Mako 284 CC
    Not only are there extra deck drains, but they’re large, and all deck hatches are guttered to direct water to them and then directly overboard.

    Mako Assurance Warranty Program

    Mako says its warranty includes--

    • Limited Lifetime Structural Hull Warranty
    • 5-Year "Stem-to-Stern" Coverage Warranty
    • 3-Year Gelcoat Coverage Warranty
    • Transferrable to a second owner

    Observations and Price

    Clearly this offshore 284 CC model has a lot going for her. She’s big enough to handle most anything thrown at her but small enough to still be easy to handle. She’s well laid out for fishing and well built to ensure that she’s around for the long haul -- and there are no compromises to make her more "family-friendly." This boat is strictly for serious anglers. Most important, Mako's emphasis these days is not on price, but rather on quality and functionality. Because the parent company, Tracker Marine Group, can bring tremendous resources to bear on all aspects of engineering, design and construction, she takes a backseat to no brand these days. And the price, while sharp, need not be the determining factor when considering this vessel. It is good to remember that both Mako and its dealers work on smaller margins than are the industry norm.Her nationally-advertised price, before freight and dealer prep, is $99,995 powered by twin 200-hp Mercury Verado outboards. Her tri-axle trailer is a thing of beauty but is extra.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Mako 284 CC (2014-) is 54.5 mph (87.7 kph), burning 59.60 gallons per hour (gph) or 225.59 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Mako 284 CC (2014-) is 18.3 mph (29.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.55 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.66 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 318 miles (511.77 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Mercury Verado.

    Standard and Optional Features


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

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard


    Hull Warranty
    Limited Lifetime
    Gelcoat Warranty

    Three-Year Limited
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