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Mako 284 CC (2018-)

2 x 300-hp Mercury V8 300 Joystick Piloting

Brief Summary

The Mako 284 CC is a center console that’s built to fish and this design is a proven example of if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it thinking. Since her introduction in 2005, the 284 has taken countless anglers offshore and returned them home safe and sound. With a deep-V hull with 21-degree deadrise at the transom, the Mako 284 CC shows off the new Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verado outboards, because the outboards make this proven performer run even better. And because the power of the outboard is electronically controlled and dialed in as she runs, the performance of the boat and the efficiency of her operation is optimized for every application, from high-speed runs to the fishing grounds in sporty conditions to trolling offshore.

Key Features

  • Twin Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 outboards
  • Joystick Piloting for Outboards
  • Proven Deep-V hull design
  • Smart fishing layout with wide side decks
  • More than 32 square feet of cockpit
  • Easy engine checks thanks to top cowl access hatch
  • Mercury VesselView integrated with helm electronics
  • Active Trim
  • Adaptive Speed Control
  • Advanced Range Optimization
  • T-top with rod holders
  • Idle Charge Management
  • Leaning post with 50-gallon (189 L) livewell, sink, and tackle stowage

Test Results

600 3.7 3.2 1.5 2.4 2.1 499 434.2 62
1000 6 5.2 2.6 2.3 2 470 408.3 75
1500 7.8 6.7 4.2 1.8 1.6 379 329.3 74
2000 8.9 7.7 6.5 1.4 1.2 282 244.8 83
2500 14.6 12.7 8.5 1.7 1.5 352 306.5 82
3000 21.9 19 11.1 2 1.7 406 352.8 82
3500 28.8 25 14 2.1 1.8 423 367.7 83
4000 34.9 30.3 18.8 1.9 1.6 381 331.2 85
4500 40.8 35.4 23 1.8 1.5 364 316.1 86
5000 46 40 29.3 1.6 1.4 322 280.1 86
5500 51.2 44.5 38.1 1.3 1.2 275 239.6 83
6000 55.9 48.6 48.1 1.2 1 238 207.4 81


Length Overall 28' 4'' / 8.64 m
Beam 9' 10''
2.99 m
Dry Weight 6,000 lbs.
2,722 kg
Tested Weight 8,284 lbs.
3,758 kg
Draft 21''
0.53 m
Deadrise/Transom 21-deg.
Max Headroom 6'
1.83 m
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity 5,490 lbs.
2,490 kg
Person Capacity 13
Fuel Capacity 228 gal.
863 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 8,284 lbs.
3,758 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 2.8 sec.
0 to 30 5.4 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 19 rev 4
Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel load, no water
Climate 75 deg., 62 humid; wind: 15-20 mph; seas: light chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 300-hp Mercury V8 300 Joystick Piloting
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 11 twin Mercury engine options from 200-hp to 350-hp

Captain's Report

Contents of Report


The Mako 284 CC is a center console that is built to fish and the new Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp outboards we tested help her do that even better. The boat’s deck layout is designed first and foremost to fish, with rod racks under the gunwales, large 390-quart in-deck fishboxes, additional in-deck stowage, a livewell and tackle stowage, and a T-top with overhead electronics box, rocket launcher rod holders, grab handles for sporty conditions, and a design suited to simplify outrigger installation.

But the new Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verado outboards take her to the next level, with performance and efficiency that matches very well with a deep-V hull with a 21-degree deadrise at the transom. The Mercury Verado 300s are electronically controlled and offer many innovative features that let the operator focus on fishing, driving, or family. The outboards optimize the boat-and-engine package for every application, from high-speed runs to the fishing grounds in sporty conditions to trolling offshore to dayboating when an angler decides to give the fish a rest.

Mako 284 CC deck plan

The proven design of the Mako 284 CC has 23” (.58 m) wide walkways to either side of the cockpit, all the better to fight fish all around the boat.

Performance Testing

The Mako 284 CC is a classic center console and is one of the most popular and time-tested offshore vessels of her type. She has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom which is a fair compromise between ride and speed. Our test boat measured 28’4” (8.64 m) in LOA with a beam of 9’10” (2.99 m). With 50% fuel, gear and two people aboard, we had an estimated test weight of 8,284 lbs. (3,758 kg). Our twin 300-hp Verados were turning 19” Rev 4 ss props.

Mako 284 CC running

The Mako 284 CC was easy to trim with the engines for good performance and a dry ride.

Top speed was found to be at 6000 rpm and 55.9 mph where she got a total of 1.2 mpg. Best cruise came at 3500 rpm and 28.8 mph. There she burned 14.0 gph for 2.1 mpg and a range of 423 statute miles from her 228 gallon (863 L) tank, with a calculated 10% reserve of fuel. This is a remarkable range for this type and size of boat.

Faster Cruising. Some boaters may want to cruise a bit faster, however, and at 4000 rpm, the Mako 284 CC achieved a cruise speed of 34.9 mph, burning 18.8 gph for 1.9 mpg. At that speed her range is 381 statute miles.

Mako 284 CC


Hole shot times were equally impressive. The Mako 284 CC hit 20 mph in 3.5 seconds, and 30 mph in 5.4 seconds. This no doubt had much to do with her 4-blade props. Likewise, the boat no doubt would have had a higher top end with three-blade props.

Mako 284 CC auto trim

The Active Trim feature dials in the trim of the engines to optimize performance.

Compared to . . . Herself

We went looking to compare the performance of this Mako 284 CC with the new Mercury Verado 300s with other boats in class. We found the ideal comparison: The Mako 284 CC with the old Mercury Verado 300s. Our test of that boat indicated a top speed of 54.5 mph and a fuel efficiency of 0.9 mpg. The WOT fuel burn of that boat was 59.6 gph and the range at that speed was 187 statute miles.

Cruise Speed Revealed Some Other Details. Since the old Verados gave the Mako 284 CC a best cruise at 3500 rpm and a slightly better speed of 30.3 mph, the range was 365 statute miles, compared with the new Verados with a range of 423 statute miles.


We expect a lot from Makos regarding handling and the 284 CC does not disappoint. She’s a great handling boat, and very responsive to the helm. The boat can be trimmed with the engines to achieve a proper running angle – there was no need to use the recessed trim tabs unless we wanted to balance out an uneven load. She turns like she’s on rails. No amount of maneuvering caused the props to ventilate. In sharp turns she bleeds off speed, but that allows precise course selection for the next straight-line leg. At high speed, she will easily out-corner the operator, so a light touch is recommended to keep everyone comfortable and in their seats. Dialing back the throttle she settles back into the water stern-first, a very comfortable ride.

Mako 284 CC running

An offshore center console needs to be responsive to the helm, and the Mako 284 CC proved herself to be just that.


Equipped with the Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards, a system exclusively available to the Verado in multiple-outboard installations, the Mako 284 CC was very well mannered around the dock. She responded well to joystick commands and easily crabbed sideways to sidle easily up against the concrete seawall in our test.

Mako 284 CC joystick

Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards uses a color-coded LED light ring around the joystick to indicate control status and also the direction of control when in use.

Mako 284 CC dock

Under joystick control, the Mako 284 CC approached the dock, reacting well to nuanced commands from our test captain.

Mako 284 CC outboards

Sometimes under control of the joystick, the Mercury Verado 300 outboards use their independent electro-hydraulic steering and forward and reverse propulsion to maneuver the boat.

Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-hp Outboards

Much of the innovative design of the 4.6-liter V8 Verado comes from the mandate for the new line: It had to be powerful, have high torque at the low end, be lightweight, quiet, and efficient. Consider that the 4.6-liter V8 is 2 liters greater than the supercharged 2.6-liter displacement of the inline-6 Mercury and yet it weighs 35 lbs. (16 kg) less. Displacement is one way to generate more torque in a 4-stroke engine, a job that the supercharger fulfilled in the L6 2.6L models. The double-overhead cam design, with four valves per cylinder, combines with an enlarged intake to deliver plenty of air and fuel when it’s needed.

Mako 284 CC cam

The double-overhead-cam design has four valves per cylinder, and includes a balance shaft to reduce noise and vibration.

The Fuel-Injection System

The new Verados use two intake valves to charge each cylinder, with the injector for each cylinder positioned between them in the intake manifold. We asked Mercury why the injectors were placed in the manifolds instead of in the cylinders themselves. The answer: “A port fuel injection (PFI) system has many advantages, chief among those being simplicity, reliability, and cost,” says Brian Meyer, category manager for 75+ hp outboards for Mercury Marine. “Direct injection (DI) systems certainly can improve fuel economy and performance of an engine. However, Mercury has chosen to address the performance needs of our customers by optimizing the displacement and efficiency of our PFI engine, while also employing our Advanced Range Optimization (ARO) technology. We believe that the ARO system yields comparable improvements in fuel economy to a DI fuel system at a significantly lower cost.”

Mako 284 CC detail

This detail shows Mercury’s fuel injection, which places the injector, indicated by the green arrow, between the valve stems on the intake ports. Mercury says that this design has proven to be reliable and cost-effective.

Innovative Exhaust System

This is one of the most innovative aspects of the engine because it reduces the width of the engine, reduces its weight, and helps contain engine noise – all with one design. The exhaust manifold is in the middle of the V, instead of being on the outside. It is then routed from the top of the engine, down the centerline, between each side of the V of the engine. This allowed Mercury to keep the cowl width slimmer so that the outboard could be installed on 26” (.66 m) centers – 2.5” less than on the Yamaha V-6.

Mako 284 CC exhaust

The exhaust emerges from the engine abaft and below the alternator, using the centerline instead of an outboard route.

The exhaust-system design uses a multi-chamber muffler system located beneath the “chaps,” as the manufacturer calls the panels on either side of the midsection. The muffler chambers connect the main exhaust passage to the idle relief port, and include an electronically controlled bypass valve.

Mako 284 CC multi chamber

Multi-chamber mufflers are concealed under midsection panels at locations indicated by yellow arrows. The idle-relief exhaust port is indicated by the green arrows.

Sport Exhaust

Boating is meant to be fun, and sometimes boaters want to hear the throaty growl of a V-8 (or two), letting everyone know they’re there. Mercury designed the Verado to be exceptionally quiet, and never is that more apparent than when using a setting called Sport Exhaust. When this Advanced Sound Control is turned on via the VesselView touchscreen, the system routes exhaust through the idle relief and one of the two mufflers.

Let’s Rumble. Advanced Sound Control creates an unmistakable throaty rumble that’s been tweaked to impress friends and neighbors and call attention to the new outboards – to say nothing of the boat’s proud owner. And when it is toggled off, the outboards sounded even quieter than we initially thought. It’s a system that Mercury says has never been offered on an outboard before.

Mako 284 CC exhaust

Turn on the Sport Exhaust with a touch of the screen on the Mercury VesselView display.

Top Cowl Service Door

Perhaps one of the more noteworthy features on the Verado is the watertight hatch in the top of the cowl to provide access to the dipstick as well as the oil fill. There’s a decal outlining service requirements along with a QR code to allow a smartphone to link to additional service information.

Easy-Off Cowl

Under the top cowl service door, there’s a handle that lifts with a red button. Lifting that handle releases the latches all around the cowl, so it can be lifted off easily.

Mako 284 CC cowl door

Beneath the top cowl door is a red button that releases the handle to remove the cowl.

Mako 284 CC handle

The handle pops up, providing something to grip while also releasing the latches all around the base of the cowl.

Mako 284 CC cowl

Using the handle, simply lift the cowl free.

Mako 284 CC cowl

From the underside of the cowl, the handle, indicated with the green arrow, is connected via cables to the latches, shown with yellow arrows that secure the cowl to the engine.

Mako 284 CC cowl latch

This image shows the cowl latches, as well as the cabling that controls them, and the seals that keep the noise in and the moisture out.

Ease of Maintenance

Once the cowl is removed, many service points are apparent. The oil filter is easy to spot near the fuse box on the port side. The spark plugs are arrayed in neat columns aft and the fuel filter is handy there as well, on the starboard side.

Mako 284 CC maintenance

This maintenance decal beneath the cowl shows the 100- and 300-hour service requirements in an intuitive, graphical representation.

Mako 284 CC spark plugs

The port-side spark plugs are indicated by the four green arrows, while the yellow arrows show the long runners of the air intakes, which pack air into the engine for better combustion, according to Mercury.

Mako 284 CC fuse box

The fuse box and oil filter are prominently displayed on the port side of the outboard. The green arrow indicates the filter drain plug, where any oil remaining in the filter during an oil change can be recovered.

More “Net” Amps than Any Engine in Class

The Verado Series V8 has a 115-amp alternator as standard equipment. But the name of the game is “net amps” – the amps left over from the running of the engine to power onboard accessories, electronics, and to keep the batteries fully charged. At WOT these alternators produce 90 net amps, we’re told. At high cruising speeds, they produce 65 net amps. These are high numbers and are important for owners of well-equipped boats, particularly the larger cruising boats that are now being fitted with outboard engines. But, that’s not all…

Idle Charge Battery Management

At idle, the alternator provides 20 “net” amps for the boat. Simply put, the engine-management system detects when the batteries drop below acceptable levels due to increased power draw.

Today’s boats have more electrical and electronic devices on board than ever before, and they all require a flow of clean juice to keep operating properly. Whether the onboard systems are charging trolling-motor batteries, keeping the sound system thumping, or running big-screen helm electronics, including a chart plotter, CHIRP sounder, and radar, the system increases idle rpm to boost alternator output, to help charge batteries to compensate for power draw.

When the system detects that the alternator is not providing enough power, the idle level increased incrementally from 600 rpm to around 800, to get to the next level on the curve of the alternator. In this mode, it can deliver up to 30 amps of usable power to the house batteries. While the engine is revving slightly higher, it’s still at a speed where it’s able to shift.

Mako 284 CC alternator

The alternator on the 4.6-liter V8 platform, indicated by the green arrow, provides the boat with up to 30 amps of usable power at high idle.

Lower Unit Gears

The robust 5.4” gearcase is an evolution of the one that has been used on previous Verado models and has proven itself in tens of thousands of hours of rugged use over the last few years.

Mako 284 CC lower unit

The lower unit accommodates a robust 5.4” gearcase on the Mercury Verado 300 and has proven to be quite reliable.

Adaptive Speed Control

This proprietary system maintains engine speed regardless of condition, and Mercury has the system patented. The idea is that the rpm remains constant even when seas are rough, or a tow sport requires steady power. Adaptive Speed Control is a function of the ECU, where operator demand and engine load are measured and the electronic throttle position is adjusted. It is standard.

Mako 284 CC running

The Mercury Verado 300 keeps its rpm level steady on hard turns when Adaptive Speed Control is used, and our test captain was delighted that incremental throttle adjustments were no longer needed.

Advanced Range Optimization – Improves Fuel Efficiency

Because the Verado uses a digital throttle control, it can also improve its own fuel economy. It begins when the system detects a steady-state mode, where the driver isn’t adjusting the throttle constantly. Once the operator leaves the throttle alone for a few moments, the closed-loop wide-band O2 sensor can help the digital control tune the throttle plate and the spark to lean out the fuel burn to maximize fuel economy, optimizing the boat’s range.

Mako 284 CC optimization

With Advanced Range Optimization, the engines step up efficiency when the operator leaves the throttle alone.

Digital Control

The Verado is rigged standard with SmartCraft Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS), which gives the responsive control by wire. In multiple-outboard installations, Joystick Piloting for Outboards can be made part of the Verado package, offering simple fingertip control around the dock.

Mako 284 CC throttle and shift

Verado outboards use Mercury Digital Throttle and Shift control, as well as Joystick Piloting for Outboards.

A Note About Active Trim

While expert drivers may sneer at the idea of the optional Active Trim, it has been shown to work in our testing, and can even offer something to those who may think their feel for boat trim is more effective than that of a computer: Active trim synchs up the trim of the engines, letting the expert trimmer tune the rig more effectively, rather than dealing with trim motors that adjust the engines at varying rates in a multiple-outboard installation.

Mako 284 CC

Active Trim lets the user choose from five preset trim profiles to accommodate a variety of sea and load conditions. The green arrows show the Active Trim control window on a VesselView display. This image is from our test of a twin-engine installation.


The Verado has received a three-star emission rating from CARB, and is compliant to the U.S. and E.U. regulations as well, all on one calibration.

Mercury Marine’s Corrosion-Resistant Aluminum Alloy

Historically, outboard engines in salt water have suffered from corrosion. When electrons flow through dissimilar metals the weaker metal is eaten away or corrodes. Outboard engine blocks, cylinder heads, gear cases, driveshaft housings and swivel brackets are made out of an aluminum alloy by all manufacturers. But all aluminum alloys are not the same.

Mako 284 CC corrosion

Corrosion protection on the Verado 300 (shown in Cold Fusion White) keeps the outboard looking good and running the way it should.

Low-Copper Alloy is Key. Mercury's die-cast components, are all made from XK360 aluminum-silicon alloy. The same goes for the new 4.6L block of this outboard platform, which is made with a high-pressure die-casting in a 4,500-ton press, which is among the largest in the world. This process shows significant investment by Mercury and contributes to the weight loss of the new engines.

Mercury is generally regarded to have the best corrosion-resistant alloy in the recreational marine industry.

Quiet Operation

The new V8 Verado has been designed to keep its noise to itself. The design starts blocking noise with the cowling – and the Verado has more sound abatement qualities than the other models, we’re told. The entire outboard is sealed to keep engine noise in. The engines all use an air intake that’s baffled to be quieter. Mercury has been using a variant of this design since it introduced the first generation Verado, and it works.

All of the lightweight parts used were designed to also keep sound in, including the plastic valve covers to mask the noise of the valves and injectors.

Another way to keep the outboard quiet is to engineer less internal friction into its design. Mercury says its engineers designed the oil-flow scheme and sized the bearings with this in mind.

Damping Vibration

Mercury looked closely at the mounting system on the mid-section of the outboard and calculated where the vibration comes from on the engine. Engineers determined the vectors of vibrational force, i.e., whether the vibration is moving fore and aft, or athwartships, or some angle in between. The engineers then designed the mounts to offset that vibration at a suitable angle. Because of this analysis, the mounts can be engineered to be firmer, rather than just softer to damp any vibration – and in this way they are also designed to maximize engine performance, says Mercury.

Mako 284 CC verado obs

Verado outboards use the Advanced MidSection design (identifiable by its silver color), which cradles the engine and minimizes the vibration that is transferred to the boat.

Advanced MidSection

The new Verado has what Mercury calls an Advanced MidSection (AMS). It is a step up from the Conventional MidSection (CMS) used on the other Mercury outboards, and it is a next-generation version of the mounting system initially developed for the L6 Verado. The AMS uses perimeter mounts to damp vibration and contain noise, and it has a multi-piece welded structure that reduces its size and weight. This allows the Verado outboards to have electro-hydraulic steering, and makes them compatible with the company’s Joystick Piloting system in multiple-outboard setups. The Verado outboards are standard with Mercury’s Digital Throttle and Shift controls.

Mako 284 CC mid section

The Advanced MidSection was designed as a response to the vibrational forces created by the engine, and reduces the amount of energy transferred to the boat’s transom.

Mako 284 CC hydraulic

The green arrows point out the internal electro-hydraulic steering system that comes standard on the Verado engines.

Electro-Hydraulic Steering

Only the Verado among the new outboard engines that Mercury has introduced as the “electro-hydraulic” steering system. This is part of the outboard engine and is not an aftermarket, vendor-supplied piece of equipment, such as the SeaStar hydraulic steering system that we see on most outboard engines in class.

The advantages of this system are that it has been engineered by Mercury for this specific application and is not a one-design-fits-all piece of equipment. It is also made with Mercury’s corrosion-resistant materials, and is smaller than a SeaStar-type unit. Most important, it integrates with the Mercury joystick system.

Choice of Colors

Mercury offers a variety of color choices with the Verado and has three shades of white – Cold Fusion White, Warm Fusion White, and Pearl Fusion White — better to match variations on fiberglass and gelcoat used by boatbuilders in addition to its traditional Phantom Black outboard color.

There’s also an accent panel that comes in four colors – Pacific Blue, Graphite Grey, Redline Red, and Mercury Silver – plus a ready-to-paint accent-panel option that boatbuilders and dealers will use to custom-match a hull color.

Mako 284 CC colors

Phantom Black is still offered, but there are also three different white engine colors as well. Four accent panels can liven up the package, as shown here from left, Graphite Grey, Mercury Silver, Pacific Blue, and Redline Red.

Mako 284 CC base colors

The Mercury FourStroke and Verado outboards are available in four base colors, and this FourStroke outboard is Warm Fusion White with an accent panel custom-painted to match the hull.

VesselView Simrad Electronics Integration

The propulsion system diagnostics are integrated into the Mercury VesselView display, which is a Simrad unit rebadged for Mercury. Some boats will be able to integrate the engines into the Simrad helm electronics and not require a standalone display. The Simrad units have a specific, branded Mercury engine page. Screen sizes run from 7” to 24” (.18 m to .61 m).

The touchscreen unit lets the user tap with a fingertip to open a display window on the left side of the helm screen with a number of data categories which can be set to display consistently across all functions, including chartplotter, fishfinder, and radar displays. Speed data is available and any tap will bring out more detailed information. The display screen also offers analog-looking gauge treatments.

Mako 284 CC touch screen

The Mercury VesselView touchscreen gave access to a wide range of features offered by the integrated outboard system.

Advanced Features Electronic Control

The Simrad-Mercury VesselView interface allows the operator to set Mercury’s proprietary electronic control features, including Cruise Control, which allows the user to set a speed or rpm and have the engine maintain it, and Troll Control, which will let the engines slow-troll down to 550 rpm. Additionally, the Active Trim system can be set to tune engine trim to optimize efficiency.

Mercury’s Skyhook Advanced is also available, with different settings that allow different levels of control in specific situations and are easily downloaded via Wi-Fi connection – and advantage over the competitive brands that require dealer installation.

  • Heading Adjust lets joystick users adjust the heading in 1- and 10-degree increments while using Skyhook, for precise control.
  • BowHook maintains a boat’s position, while unlocking the boat from a set heading. This allows the boat to find the best position to minimize engine use while station keeping, in relation to wind and current.
  • DriftHook will maintain the boat’s heading, but let the boat drift, allowing the same 1- and 10-degree increments while drifting, if Heading Adjust is also on the system.

For in-depth descriptions of these features and videos showing how they work, see the “Control” model pages under the Mercury heading in BoatTEST’s engine scroll down.

Remote Oil Checks

Mercury’s VesselView engine monitor helm display lets the user know the oil level is fine prior to the first startup of the day. This feature is standard on Verado V-8 models.

The system only works if the engines are in the down position and the oil temperature indicates the engine is cold, since a tipped-up engine or one that is warm wouldn’t get an accurate reading, so it works for the first start of the day, rather than each time engines are started throughout the day.

Mako 284 CC vessel view

The VesselView display shows the oil level is fine prior to startup. Note this display shows a twin-engine installation.

Features Inspection

Now let’s take a closer look at the features on the Mako 284 CC.

Bow Area

The bow has benches to either side with lockers beneath. Located on the forward end of the console, there’s a seat with cushioned backrest, cup holders, and grab handles integrated into the T-top frame. The bow area measures 34” (.86 m) wide at its forward end and 6’10” (2.08 m) wide at the aft end of the benches, which are 15” (.38 m) tall from the deck. There’s a 27” (.68 m) deep in-deck locker with a 470-quart (445 L) capacity. A filler deck piece can be added at the forward end to make a usable casting platform.

Mako 284 CC bow rail

The bowrail meets ABYC standards and we like the centerline cleat on the foredeck for the anchor rode.

The foredeck is finished in nonskid and has a 10” cleat served by fairleads for a mooring bridle or anchor line. The nonskid continues all the way aft on the 9” wide gunwale on both sides, where there are three rod holders to each side.

Mako 284 CC anchor locker

The anchor locker has a pass-through for the line so the hatch can be closed and latched while the anchor line is on the cleat.

Mako 284 CC lockers

The lockers in the bow area have gasketed lids over their long openings, not to mention gas-assist rams to hold them open, turn-and-lock latches, and additional space forward.

Mako 284 CC console

The console has a forward-facing seat for two on its forward end, with a built-in seatback and a cushion that folds forward to reveal a cooler bin.

Mako 284 CC t top

The rugged T-top has a matte finish on the underside to help reduce glare.

The T-Top

The T-top has a tubular frame mounted to the deck in four places, the console in six places, and the hardtop in 11 places. The rugged design means passengers never have to look very far for a spot to hold on, a good addition for rough conditions.

Mako 284 CC fishing t top

This is a fishing T-top with rod holders across the aft side, and the vertical support at the aft end of the console topped with an outrigger backing plate.

The Helm

The helm dash has a 25” (.64 m) by 15” (.38 m) open panel to mount multifunction displays. The compass is mounted atop the console in line with the steering wheel hub. The wheel is rugged and welded with a steering knob and mounted on an adjustable base. The aluminum-framed windshield is mounted to the top of the console and we would like to see it larger, maybe stretching to the edges for better weather protection. We’ve seen some owners on this venerable model remove it entirely and have isinglass curtains made up.

Mako 284 CC throttle and shift

The Mercury Digital Throttle and Shift binnacle works in conjunction with the Joystick system.

Mako 284 CC visor

A Lexan visor shields the switches and breakers mounted on the helm dash’s vertical lower panel, allowing the skipper to see them while standing up.

Mako 284 CC foot rest

Our test captain was dismayed by the geometry of the footrest in relation to the ignition switch.

Head Compartment

The console has a head compartment, accessed from a door on the starboard side. Inside, two steps down is a compartment with 6’7” (2.01 m) of headroom equipped with a Porta-Potti (an electric MSD is an option), a sink, and a hatch to access the backside of the electronics on the helm. Also located in here are the main battery switches, with removable knobs for added security.

Mako 284 CC head room

A good 6’7” (2.01 m) of headroom makes a big difference in the head compartment – plus an opening window in the door for ventilation (not shown).

Leaning Post

The leaning post is a critical design feature of any offshore center console. Some builders go with an all tubular design that stays out of the way, and stows a cooler beneath (maybe with room for a tackle bag on top, which has to be moved to get anything, or get into the cooler) and has a few rod holders. Others go big with a full galley with grill, or sometimes aft-facing seats backing up to the helm seats. Mako found a good blend of utility and size – a true fishing leaning post. First of all, the front of the leaning post has a bench helm seat for two, with a seat design that curves down the forward side of the post, to serve as a bolster for, well, leaning. The seat folds forward revealing stowage, plus a locking glove box under there as well.

Mako 284 CC leaning post

The leaning post is a rugged standalone design that bespeaks the boat’s fishing mission, with rod holders on a welded tubular frame that also serves as a grabrail.

Mako 284 CC helm seat

The helm seat folds forward to reveal a handy storage bin, and it also has a locking glove box inside that can be accessed there.

Mako 284 CC live well

Plumbing for the livewell and sink is easily accessible through a kickplate hatch on the front of the leaning post.

Behind the seatbacks is a welded, rocket-launcher rod holder with a frame that serves as grab handles, which is a nice touch. The leaning post has a built-in 50-gallon (189 L) livewell, with a gasketed lid so it can be pressurized. There’s a covered sink next to the livewell. Dedicated tackle stowage is located in drawers and Plano boxes in a locker on the port side, so it can be accessed while someone is standing aft. There’s also a washdown hose and a cup holder on the aft side.

Mako 284 CC sink

There’s a sink next to the livewell on the aft side of the leaning post.

Mako 284 CC tackle

Tackle drawers and tackle organizer trays stow in a locker on the side of the leaning post. Note the pull-out cutting board on the inside of the door.

The Cockpit

The cockpit is where the action happens on any fishing boat, and the Mako 284 CC has a workable space that measures 4’1” (1.25 m) fore and aft, by 8’5” (2.56 m) wide. The bolsters surround the space completely, except for the transom door to port, and are 26” (.66 m) at the top (the bottoms of the bolsters are 19”/.48 m off the deck). The cockpit’s in-deck boxes all have drainage channels that lead to scuppers with a pair of 2” (.05 m) diameter deck drains on either side.

Mako 284 CC cockpit

The cockpit has more than 32 sq. ft. of fishing space.

Mako 284 CC fish boxes

In-deck fishboxes to either side stow the catch out of the way and are drained with macerator pumps.

Mako 284 CC rod storage

Under-gunwale rod storage can take rods up to 7’ (2.13 m) long.

Mako 284 CC aft hatch

Beneath this aft hatch were the livewell pumps, batteries, and fuel filters.

Abaft the transom is the integrated engine bracket, flanked by 10” (.25 m) cleats forged with Mako’s shark logo. The engine rigging is clean and there are pie plate hatches to reach necessary fittings in the bracket.

Mako 284 CC bracket

The bracket abaft the transom is wide and finished in nonskid to allow easy access to the outboards.


Base price $102,995
Price subject to change


Mako Assurance Warranty

  • • Limited Lifetime Structural warranty
  • • 5-year Stem-to-Stern Coverage warranty
  • • 3-year Gelcoat Coverage Warranty
  • • Provisions to transfer to second owner


The Mako 284 CC is a proven offshore center console in a world gone mad with the genre. This boat design still holds up for what offshore fishing boats need to do: Run well in all manner of sea conditions, catch fish, and return to the dock safely and with minimal drama. Boats of this LOA have gotten larger in the last decade and a half, thanks in no small part to outboards like the new Mercury Verado 300, which provide excellent performance and power, as well as the efficiency to justify the multiple-engine installations needed to power boats built with substantially more material in them. This design has stood up well because it was ahead of its time when it came out.

With the new Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300s, she’s got the kind of power that will combine with the hull to provide efficient operation, and by that we mean fuel efficient, but also efficient for the skipper. Because of features like Idle Charge Management, Auto Trim, Adaptive Speed Control, and Advanced Range Optimization, the captain can turn some of his attention away from running the boat, trimming the boat, and dialing in the throttle speed, and instead watch the radar for working birds or storms, and key on the fishfinder screen for bait. And with another set of eyes focused more fully on fishing, doesn’t the whole boat and crew succeed more often?