|With twin 250-hp Mercury Verado four-stroke outboards|
Our test boat was powered by a pair of 250-hp Mercury Verado four-stroke engines, which provided plenty of raw power. We were able to pop on plane quickly and reached a top-end speed of 52.2 mph at 6,400 rpm with four people onboard. At a cruising speed of 36.8 mph (4,500 rpm), the 284 has a 326.4-nautical-mile range with a safety reserve, thanks to its miserly 20.8-gph fuel burn. The power-steering pump on this particular boat was mounted in the console, which made things a bit noisy, but Mako has since moved that pump to a transom compartment and Mercury has added a dampening hose to reduce the noise level further. Even so, the sound reading at the helm was only 94 dB-A at full throttle.