The Mako 284 CC has a 9'10" (2.99 m) beam and displaces about 6,000 lbs. (2,727 kgs.) plus the weight of the outboards, fluids and gear. She is the largest vessel in the 4-boat Mako Offshore Series and the company offers a good-looking tri-axle trailer for her. She comes standard with twin 200-hp Mercury OptiMax engines.
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
Mako 284 CC (2014-) Specifications
28' 4'' 8.63 m
6,000 lbs. 2,722 kg
9' 10'' 2.99 m
8,074 lbs. 3,662 kg
21'' 0.53 m
228 gal. 863 L
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.
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).
Mako’s offshore flagship model, the 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’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.
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.
• Dual-cylinder hydraulic steering • Marine grade tinned wiring with submersible connectors • OEM digital instrumentation • Easy to access helm installation • Separate compartment for mechanical components at aft cockpit deck • Helm console with large panel for dual map displays • All composite construction • Heavy-duty encapsulated fiberglass transom • Close-molded laminate hatch covers • Chemically-bonded hull/deck joint with fasteners every 6” (15.2 cm) • Self-bailing cockpit with overboard drains • Under gunwale rod storage for rods up to 7’ (2.13 m) long • Quarter mounted bait container with cutting board hatch cover and freshwater sprayer • Port and starboard stern platforms with cooler space in between • 470 qt (445 L) center bow in-deck storage compartment • 6 gunwale mounted rod holders • Fiberglass leaning post with flip up cushion, storage below and inside, bait prep station with freshwater sink, removable cutting board, 50 gal (189.27 L) aerated livewell and tackle storage • Standard T-top with Weblon cover, 5 rod holders, electronics box, three spreader lights • 2 x 390 quart (369 L) in deck fishboxes with gravity drainage and diaphragm pump • Aluminum fuel tank with baffles • 1600 gph (6057 lph) and 1100 gph (4164 lph) livewell pumps • 2 x 2000 gph (7571 lph) bilge pumps
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.
The bait station is well rigged with a freshwater sink, cutting surface, livewell, rod holders, tool holders, and drink holders.
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.
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.
A raw water washdown stores in the side of the bait station and provides unlimited water for cleaning the area up.
Under gunwale rod storage hold rods up to 7’ (2.13 m).
There are two 390 quart (369 L) in-deck fishboxes with gravity drainage and diaphragm pumps, one to either side of the bait station.
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.
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.
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 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. And notice 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.
Under the helm seat at the leaning post there’s plenty of storage, and even a convenient lockable glove box.
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.
Both the port and starboard bulwarks feature these convenient tilt-out storage bins.
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.
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.
Inside the head compartment is a standard Porta-Potti, freshwater sink, mirror, and cargo storage secured to the bulkhead.
Under the forward console seat is a built-in insulated cooler flanked by a pair of drink holders.
Between the bow seats is in-deck storage that can even accommodate a boater's best friend… a 5 gallon (19 L) bucket.
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.
An optional rear bench seat can make the difference between standing and sitting for the long trips. This is an option we would take.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The helm bench seat also serves as a comfortable stand-up operating station with the curved front. Notice the molded footrest under the console.
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.
Base engines are a pair of 200 XL Mercury Verados. Options go up to 300 XL’s with joystick piloting.
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.
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.
Observations and Price
Clearly this offshore flagship 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.
Mako 284 CC (2014-) 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.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Mako 284 CC (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
= Standard = Optional
Mako 284 CC (2014-) Warranty
Mako 284 CC (2014-) Warranty Information
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