The business end of the console features a safety-glass windscreen and a large panel for mounting electronics. Our test boat had two large 15-inch displays and a third 12-inch display mounted there. All switches are recessed under the portside helm, with a clear plexiglass cover. Trim-tab switches and the binnacle are mounted to starboard of the wheel along the centerline, with the gauge panel above the steering wheel and below the electronics, in plain sight of the operator. A standard aluminum T-top is a nice touch, but the optional fiberglass hardtop, with mounting space for radar and outriggers, makes the boat complete.
The standard leaning post comes loaded with features, including a lift-up seat lid with 38-quart storage underneath and a lockable glove box. Aft, a fully functional bait-prep table with a freshwater sink and hinged cover contains a removable cutting board. There's a 50-gallon livewell with redundant pumps, as well as a full-width storage area accessed via a door in the front of the unit.
On the port side, a two-drawer tackle storage unit holds loose gear, and on the backside, I found a recessed utility unit that has hook holders, slots for a knife and pliers, a freshwater pull-out shower, and double cup holders. This makes tackle stowage and live- or dead-bait rigging much easier.
Alongside and slightly aft of the console lie port and starboard 390-quart insulated in-deck fish boxes with overboard drains. Along the centerline aft of the leaning post is a gasketed hatch leading to the lazarette for accessing pumps and the aft bilge area. There are under gunwale storage racks, aft coaming cushions, three gunwale-mount rod holders on each side and a raw-water washdown fitting mounted on the port side. The transom has a walk-through door with latch, molded-in swim platforms port and starboard and a transom-mounted, telescoping boarding ladder.
The Mako 284 CC is a nicely thought-out family fisherman. It will be comfortable navigating the blue-water edge, cruising the sound or plug-casting the rocks for monster striped bass, and it's perfectly capable of both keeping you in the fish and keeping the family happy on play days.
Hull weight......6,000 lbs.
Base Price......$89,995 with twin 200 hp Mercury Optimaxs
Mako: 417-873-4555 www.mako-boats.com