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This is the only pic I can find of mine from when I had the live bait tank on, it works well there but you do notice the weight when on the move with a full tank.
I also have an underfloor tank running down the centre from behind my anchor box to the battery box, I like the idea of having the weight distributed and not stuck in the bow - particularly in a following sea.
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hey thanks for the info, nice mac
what engine size are you running?
Did you have to modify your bait tank to sit it there to get past the steering?
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Cheers. Engine is a 60hp.

No I didn’t need to modify the bait tank, i had it just behind the steering rod. It worked well there, the space in front of the tank gave me a safe spot to store scrubbing brush, bait net etc.




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how have you found the boat for top speed?, lowest speed before dropping off the plane?
have you messed around with shifting weight around I.E if you have a full chilly bin how you manage the extra weight better at the back or as far forward? ( or do you never get full chilly bins in the bay ? lol )
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Originally posted by HB_fishdive HB_fishdive wrote:

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That is super cool, but very irregular in shape. Did you have it built as custom? Where do you fill it from, the rear? Dont you have to be on a slope to make sure it fills all the way up? Great use of space.

I was amazed when I went for a ride in one of these. I dont know what I expected, but I tell you what I didnt get, as wet as everybody makes them out to be. We were in about a metre swell and wind just slightly pushing a whitecap, so no 3 foot white caps admittedly, but wow it went through the water,  well its hard to describe. Kind of like a hypalon RIB, but something slightly different. Kind of what Id imagine those Scorpion 480 APBs would be like if made out of Glass, so a GPB of sorts. 

What do you think it is that caused your crack?

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Another fun fact, they have the most cockpit space for the true length of the boat than any other. FC430 is similar, but clearly a different boat (being an open tiller steer etc with no protection from the elements). 

Ive also seen the mac 420 fitted with the 570 CC (I think) console and it takes up 2 man space, but would make it dryer. 

Originally posted by MacSkipper MacSkipper wrote:

IMO 50hp though max rated is underpowered a lot better with 60 or 75 but transom needs to be strengthened.

 

Yes the heavy engine must be a concern, but well braced and as you said reinforced, sound like a lot of power.

Did you reinforce yours with plate ally?

Anything 50hp and above this wouldnt hurt to do perhaps.

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Originally posted by FizFisho FizFisho wrote:




 

It seems all of them with 50hp plus seems to crack at the hull.




Could you back that up with proof/facts, Fiz?
I think a sweeping statement of that nature could be seen as being a bit over the top & unfair.
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"Kind of like a hypalon RIB, but something slightly different. Kind of what Id imagine those Scorpion 480 APBs would be like if made out of Glass, so a GPB of sorts" 

"Another fun fact, they have the most cockpit space for the true length of the boat than any other"

"It seems all of them with 50hp plus seems to crack at the hull"


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Originally posted by Uncle Uncle wrote:

Could you back that up with proof/facts, Fiz?
I think a sweeping statement of that nature could be seen as being a bit over the top & unfair.


Yes fair call. I will adjust this statement. I will just state I have seen it occur so when the OP mentioned it, it made me wonder if it is caused by an accident or the engine, as rare as it is. 


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I have now put a fair few hours on the 60 e-tec on the mac 420, only standard transom and have no issue's
I think biggest concern is guys not bracing the outboard off the trailer
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On another note since comming back to the forum, I have completed my custom built fuel tank and live bait tank 😎
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Originally posted by alkirker@xtra.co.nz [email protected] wrote:


I think biggest concern is guys not bracing the outboard off the trailer


Yes, very good point, especially if you have say a 60hp Honda (due to the higher weight) hanging on the back.

I dont think it is very common and likely either an accident or like you said maybe not bracing heavy engines over long period. Either way I do not think its common enough to cause alarm, especially when the fix sounds rather straight forward.


The Etec is lighter and like you said. Your hull should ride so sweet and quiet and settle into the water like any pontoon style boat, with that huge beam.


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This hull has plan approval to MSA NZ standards as well as US Coastguard and CE certification. The fact the internal voids are filled with foam as standard ensures no modifications are required for the boat to go into survey, and a number of these versatile craft are in regular commercial use around the country and overseas. They are also popular as tenders for larger vessels.

Overall, the Mac 420 is a great little boat, and should be a serious contender for anyone looking for something in the four- to five-metre range — a spacious, stable and maintenance-free craft. Mac Boats' tag line is 'Boats for Life' and this is no idle claim.


Even the Aussies like them

https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boat-review/mac/power-boats/mac-420-fisherman/312


Should have a brace from trailer to motor when transporting imo no matter what vessel,not to rely on hydrolics to hold motor up.

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Originally posted by pjc pjc wrote:

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Should have a brace from trailer to motor when transporting imo no matter what vessel,not to rely on hydrolics to hold motor up.



Ive always used one, and ive always made sure to have the engine tilt down into a snug fit. Its possible the few that have been noticed with cracks it could just be this, just like any glass boat.

Yes Ive noticed the aussies talking about them haha.

We have had their Polycraft boats for a number of years here in NZ, more similar to smartwave boats at a quick glance.
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Originally posted by alkirker@xtra.co.nz [email protected] wrote:



Who made your tank for you, or was it off the shelf?
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It was a metal fabrication company in palmerston North

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Sorry to revive an old thread.

Recently got my first Mac 420, the newer model with an injected two stroke Tohatsu on the back.

Has anyone successfully game fished with theirs ? Wanting to set mine up for summer out west. It’s got the two standard gunwale rod holders and two upright ones fixed to the two rear seats. I was thinking of some outriggers but then again it’s a small boat and don’t want to overcomplicate things. It has a decent Bimini with clears but no rocket launcher so really I’m limited to running four setups without a middle shotgun.

Any ideas would be welcomed !
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Gurnard,
I’ve only just seen this post.
It might have had more success in the work up forum.
Which probably should be renamed the game fishing forum

However if you do read this know that your boat and rod holder options are more than suitable. You only need one rod and a whole lot of luck.

Your challenges are being safe, small boat on the West Coast requires choosing your window for safety first.
After that it’s a whole lot of little things.
More rods and teasers and attractors to your boat are just one of many.
Being in the right place, knowledge, help from mates, and ssts are others.
The list goes on.
But being there is the key, gotta have that lure in the water first eh.
Just cruising in my now sweetas pimped out Southern 755 HT0!
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