Captain's Report by Captain Steve
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
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