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701 Cruiser Hardtop review

June 14 2017
Below is a link to a review of the 701 Cruiser Hardtop.



651 CrossXover Hardtop Review

June 14 2017
Below is a link to a 651 CrossXover Hardtop review and a pdf copy of the review article.

Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat Up to 7 Metres

May 23 2017
Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat - Up to 7 metres (at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in the weekend) went to Big Red, our new 701 Gen2 Xtra Cab. Photo shows Pete - Fish City Hamilton, Martin McLay (one of our boat builders), Griff (our Operations Manager), Steve McLay (owner of McLay Boats), Royden Nicol (our cad drawer), Elizabeth (another of our boat builders) and Mike from Fish City Albany.

New Brisbane Dealer

May 23 2017
Welcome to the McLay Family, Trevor & Heather from Karee Marine in Rocklea, Australia.

They will be showing their first 3 McLay's at the Brisbane boat show at the end of August. Details to follow.

Top Dealer of the Year for 2016

May 22 2017
Top Dealer of the Year for 2016 was proudly presented by Steve to Dave & Vic from Bays Boating, in Motueka at our annual dealer meeting at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show last week.. Job well done fellows.

Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

May 17 2017
Another shot of the McLay Stand 355, hall 3.

BIg Red

May 17 2017
Big Red, the new 701 Gen2 Xtra Cab on the stand at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show this weekend.

Boats in a row

May 16 2017
Getting our stand (355, hall 3) ready for the upcoming Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show this coming weekend. Running from the 18th to the 21st at the ASB Show Grounds in Auckland.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2017

May 10 2017
McLay Boats Ltd will be exhibiting at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, from the 18th to the 21st of May 2017, at the ASB Show Grounds in Auckland. We will be displaying most of our models including the new release 701 Gen2 Xtra Cab (as pictured). Great deals to be had over the 4 days.

New Zealands First Female Apprentice Aluminium Boat Builder

January 20 2017
NZ Marine News Article - our very own Elizabeth is New Zealands first female Apprentice Aluminium Boat Builder.

Sydney Boat Show

July 29 2016
In Sydney? Why not head on down to the Sydney Boat Show at Darling Harbour and check out the McLay Boats at Sports Marine's stand.

The friendly team from Sports Marine will be there to help with any queries you may have.

Business South Newspaper

July 13 2016
Business South Newspaper (July issue) has a write up about McLay Boats Ltd in it.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

May 11 2016
Stand 355 at the ASB Showgrounds, where the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show will be running from the 12th to the 15th of May. Why not pop along and check out the McLay Boats we have on show.

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

May 10 2016
Two of the new models being launched at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show being loaded. New Models being launched this boat show are the 651 CrossXover Hardtop, the 701 Cruiser Gen 2 Hardtop and the 751 Cruiser Gen 2 Hardtop. Come and check them out on stand 355 at the ASB Show Grounds in Auckland from the 12th to the 15th of May.

701 Premier Hardtop

November 20 2015
701 Premier Hardtop Boat test. This model is now available at Fish City, as an ex demonstrator, at a reduced price of $139,995. Call Rob on 09 476 4282 or email rob@fishcity.co.nz to arrange a viewing.

First container to New Caledonia

July 3 2015
McLay Boats are excited to announce that they have filled their first container load of boats headed to New Caledonia. McLay Boats, who have been exporting to Australia for many years, started exporting to Sweden in the last 7 years and are thrilled to have a dealer, SDEM, in New Caledonia now (for contact details head over to our ‘Dealers’ page). The container load consisted of three 461 Sportsmans and two 551 Sportsmans. We look forward to seeing photos of them out in that brilliantly blue New Caledonian ocean.

All hands on deck after a very successful 2015 Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show for McLay Boats

June 1 2015
After a somewhat manic lead up to the 2015 Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show the boat show proved to be another great sales success for the McLay Boats dealer network. In the lead up to the show the final touches were added to the 701 Premier (see photo in article below) and 801 Premier which were displayed at the show.

The metallic powder blue 701 Premier really stood out and received many comments on its design, fittings and colour at the show. With many other McLay Boats at the show there was something for everyone.

After being launched at the Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show last year, the CrossXovers continue to be a very sought after boat.

McLay Boats MD, Steve McLay said, “it was great to see and chat with everyone that was able to come and visit”.

For those who weren’t able to come and see the boats at the show please contact your local McLay Boats dealer or email info@mclayboats.co.nz with your enquiry.

McLay Boats unveils all new top of the line boat package – Premier Series

May 1 2015
McLay Boats all new top of the line, Premier Series comes in two sizes, the 701 Premier and 801 Premier.

The idea for the Premier came to McLay Boats Managing Director, Steve McLay’s mind after the success of the smaller Sportsman range packages. It occurred to Steve that some people want to be able to see a price that includes everything they want and drive straight from the shop to the ocean or lake with it. These boats certainly have it all!

Both models come painted, with twin Mercury motors and trailers. They also come complete with a huge number of accessories such as storage, VHF, Radio, rocket launcher, Plumbed live bait tank , plumbed flush toilets among numerous other standard features. The 801 model even includes a drawer cabinet and fridge and is an ideal weekender.

The boats go as well as every other McLay but also have a new hull design that makes your boating experience even better.

What is even more exciting about these boats is that they are versatile enough to do whatever your boating requirements are, from fishing to water sports to diving you can do it all in style and comfort with a McLay Boats Premier Hardtop.

To try out one of these boats contact your nearest McLay Boats dealer to see how they can help you out.

Trade a Boats Australia VERY impressed after trialling a 611 Crossover

November 27 2014
Trade-a-boat had this to say "Launched earlier in 2014 at the Auckland Hutchwilco Boat Show, the CrossXover series of aluminium fishing / crossover boats from McLay Boats is now available in Australia.

This versatile collection of alloy trailerboats from New Zealand is built tough - as you'd expect - by Steve McLay's company, based way down in Otago on the South Island, where rugged conditions demand boats which endure. The finish of these beauties is anything but rugged, however."

For more on what Trade-a-boat have to say about these boats click the more info button below.

McLay's 2014 Range Proves To Be A Real hit At The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

May 20 2014
Preparing for the boat show inevitably comes with added pressure and stress, but all that extra effort has been worthwhile this year for McLay Boats. Steve McLay said "We have had a very successful show selling over a million dollars worth of boats and we were busy nearly all show with enquiries.' The new CrossXover range of aluminium boats was well received and generated good interest. The new centre console models added to the Fortress range also proved popular. However Steve believes the success is really due to the combination of a great range of boats backed up by an experienced design and manufacturing team offering years of experience and excellent customer service.

McLay Unveil's The All New CrossXover Series At The 2014 Hutchwilco NZ Boatshow

May 19 2014
The CrossXover series come packed with new features and options. This versatile range of boats is ideal for family, fishing, diving or towing water toys. What stands out most about the range is the clever combination of large cockpit space and cuddy cabin storage. But the innovation hasn't stopped there, McLay's has achieved what must be class-leading safety in this series by incorporating hundreds of litres of closed cell foam under the gunnels from the transom to the anchor bay as well as having underfloor buoyancy.

While packed with features, the CrossXover series offers surprisingly good value for money starting at just $23,956. NZD* for the 561, 5.75m model (boat only).
As always, McLay's recreational and fishing boats have lots of standard features that are normally extras on other brands. To see the full model range and specifications go to www.mclayboats.co.nz

*Prices accurate at time of publication

McLay Launch New Fortress Models

May 18 2014
This top selling range, originally designed to suit the demands of boating in New Zealand, has proved popular overseas as well. With the addition of a range of new centre console models released at the boat show, (pictured above) from 5.2m to 5.7m and tiller steer models starting at 4.4m, McLay expect this range to be more popular than ever with New Zealand boaties and offshore.

The lightweight aluminium dinghy range is extremely robust, easily towed by any vehicle and can be launched almost anywhere. Only available from selected McLay boat dealers. Please contact us for details for your nearest stocking dealer.

McLay Unveils the All New 931 Aluminium Fishing Boat

May 13 2013
Watch out the whole family will want to come along!

McLay Boats latest offering, the McLay 931 aluminium trailer boat, is bound to impress fishermen and cruisers alike when it is launched at this year's Hutchwilco Boat Show on 16 May 2013 at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. But for those of you that can't wait, here is a sneak preview.
The McLay 931 is a serious overnight fishing boat with all the comforts of a cruiser. The 931 has McLay's signature aluminium hull and comes with all the quality fishing accessories you have come to expect from a McLay, but it also features four births, a fully equipped gallery, head with shower and toilet.

This versatile 9m fishing and cruising vessel can comfortably cater for 12 people when used as a day boat or provides comfortable overnight accommodation in its surprisingly spacious four births. Their design and production team have worked hard to produce the stunning example pictured, if only half their efforts are recognized this boat will be a real attention grabber at the show.

Want to know more? You will have to come and visit us at the show in Hall 3 on stand number 355.

For those of you who cannot make the boat show please email Steve@mclayboats.co.nz for more information.

Aluminium Trailer Boat Packages A Real Hit!

November 30 2012
Since releasing the three complete aluminium boat trailer and engine packages in August the 521, 571 and 591 have become McLay's best selling range.

These packages represent excellent value for money and have lots of standard features that are normally extras on other brands. They are great all round boats for the family, fishing, fun and more than capable of offshore fishing adventures.

These packages bring peace of mind, the boats and accessories are factory fitted and tested. There is only one point of contact for future support and maintenance, your McLay dealer.

New for 2013 these exciting aluminium trailer boat packages come complete with a 5 year hull warranty, Mercury motor and trailer. The 521 & 571 Sportsman and the 591 Fisherman are based on proven aluminium hulls that are both great handling and stable and come with a host of standard features with further options available and are very competitively priced.

Trailer boat packages are available now, so get down to your local McLay Boats dealer and check them out. We believe you will be impressed. What great value for money these models are.

521 Sportsman Boat Package

Specifications

Length/LOA: 5.18
Beam: 2.00
Freeboard: .600
Approx. Hull Weight: 400 kgs approx
HP Required: 50HP

Package Includes: Trailer, 2 rod holders, 2 x 25 litre fuel tanks, 50 ELPTO Mercury 2 stroke motor, 2 dive platforms & handrails ladder bilge pump, Nav lights & more

571 Sportsman Boat Package

Specifications

Length/LOA: 5.65
Beam: 2.2
Freeboard: .700
Approx. Hull Weight: 500 kgs approx
HP Required: 90

Package Includes: Trailer, 4 rod holders, 2 x 45 litre fuel tanks, 90 XLPTO Mercury 2 stroke motor, 2 dive platforms & handrails ladder, bilge pump & Swivel seats on pedestals inc upholstery & queen extensions, LED Nav lights, Uniden UM380 VHF & aerial, Lowrance Mark 5X sounder and more

591 Fisherman Boat Package

Specifications

Length/LOA: 5.95
Beam: 2.2
Freeboard: .720
Approx. Hull Weight: 600 kgs approx
Transom Deadrise: Variable 17V
HP Required: 90 - 150

Package Includes: Trailer,4 rod holders, 130 litre fuel tank, Optimax 115 XLPTO Mercury motor, 2 dive platforms & handrails ladder, bilge pump & Swivel seats on pedestals inc upholstery, Navigation lights, Uniden UM380 VHF & aerial, Lowrance Elite 5 GPS/Sounder and more

Click on the link below to see a full list of standard features at the bottom of our Boats page

Proud Winners Of 'Best Aluminium Fishing Boat'

November 29 2012
The heading pretty much says it all - best fishing boat. The McLay Walk Around 1100 won the best fishing boat open category at the 2012 Hutchwilco Boat Show.

The Walk Around 1100 is McLay Boats newest model, a full walk around aluminium fishing boat. This 11.4m craft is suitable for both private use and charters. It is able to sleep five people overnight and can be surveyed for up to 12 people for day trips.

This boat has many unique features that makes it a leader in its class.

Specifications

Length/LOA: 11mtrs - 11.4mtrs
Beam: 3.095
Freeboard: 0.800
Approx. Hull Weight: 4270kgs
Trailer Weight: 5,730kgs
HP Required: 350HP Diesel V8

The Walk Around 1100 is the latest addition to McLay Boats' well regarded range of hard top cruisers. When you're out on the water, staying warm and dry is an appealing prospect. The new Hardtop Series are excellent, spacious aluminium fishing boats designed with comfort in mind, and since their launch in 1999, the range has been incredibly popular.

Of course McLay are not novices when it comes to winning awards, a few highlights:

2010 Boat Show Award Winner: Aluminium Fishing Boat Open McLay 735s

2010 Boat of the show: Overall winner McLay 735s

2011 Boat of the show: Aluminium Fishing Boat 6-7 metre category McLay 690 Hard Top

McLay Aluminium Boats Are An Export Success

November 28 2012
McLay's range of aluminium boats and fishing boats are not only market leaders in New Zealand, but its range of quality recreational and commercial boats are now sought after overseas. McLay Boats can now be found in many countries around the world, with its aluminium range proving especially popular in Australia.

As you can see in the picture above the finishing area of the factory is chock-a-block. The factory is running flat-out with a variety of models under construction from a 4.4m fortress pleasure boat to a 10 metre commercial crab boat - all destined for Northern Queensland, Australia.

Success in the export market is not just because of the high quality, well designed, great value boats, it is also because of the service and customer care owner Steve McLay and his professional team give to their dealers. The McLay team are highly experienced in boat transport and have all the required expertise in-house to get the boats to where they are needed, fast and stress free.

Dealers from other countries and Australian territories interested in becoming an authorised dealer should contact steve@mclayboats.co.nz

McLay 720 Aluminium Fishing Boat- A Charter Success In Sweden

November 28 2012
The McLay 720 fishing boat has proven to be a success for Swedish charter fishing company, Dalsland Fishing.

With winter fast approaching and the lakes close to freezing Dalsland fishing's second season in the McLay 720 is coming to a very successful close in Sweden.

Tommy Nerstrand is extremely happy with the McLay 720 as a commercial charter fishing boat and has taken many satisfied customers who not only have enjoyed the comforts of the boat but have also caught some great Trout and Salmon.

Tommy does most of his charter fishing on Sweden's largest lake called Vanern which boasts of having an area of 5655 km2 area and is over 150km long.

For more information on Tommy's fishing guiding click on the link below

Review McLay 1100 Walk Round

November 27 2012
It takes courage to commit to a completely new design in a very tough retail environment, especially when it's a design that departs so far from the production aluminium trailerboats your company is known for. But McLay Boat's gamble appears to have paid off.

BOATING'S VERDICT

The McLay 1100 stretches the limits of what's possible for a trailerable craft, but despite its imposing bulk it works well both on the water and on the road. Mercury Diesel TDI power, courtesy of the Audi/VW Q7/A6/Touareg family of V8 engines, provides brisk performance and admirable economy while keeping weight down.

The McLay 1100 is fully customisable and can be developed for any number of specialist applications. The boat's walk-around wheelhouse configuration screams fishing and as reviewed, the boat is packed with angling features: plenty of deck space, high sides, copious rodholders and sealed, easy-clean, non-slip decks should make this a practical sportfisher for recreational or professional charter applications.

Building such an ambitious boat on spec was a gamble for McLay Boats, but judging by the 1100's reception, it was worth taking. There's no doubt this new model takes the company into completely new territory, introducing an important player to the so-far relatively uncrowded maxi-trailerboat sector.

Download the PDF file below to read the full review

Pacific PowerBoat Magazine review - McLay 690HT Fishing Boat

November 26 2012
The main difference is that it is slightly wider, higher in the topsides and has a raised cockpit sole. This has allowed for a larger fuel tank up from 170 litres to 200 litres, an underfloor 'kill' tank and provision for a fresh water tank, plus still allowing for sufficient buoyancy. This would all have been impossible in the 680 as there would not have been enough buoyancy capacity retained under the sole.

These changes were very much customer driven, says McLay Boats MD, Steve McLay. While the 680 has been around in various versions for over ten years and has been our best seller it was time for a fresh new model.
However, in a sense the 690 has already been preceded by the 735S, a boat I tested last year. Big difference is the 735S is the inboard/stern drive version of the new 690, so just about everything from the cockpit forward is the same.

Under water the hull is very similar, albeit 80mm wider and the two pressed
strakes either side of the hull have been reduced by 50% in profile to provide a softer ride at speed. With the raised floor there is also an extra internal stringer either side of the 5mm hull and the weight has increased over the 680 by around 200kg.

Winner of the Aluminium Fishing Boat, 6 - 7 metres category, in the 2011 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat show, the McLay 690 Cruiser Hardtop is one of nine boats in the McLay Hardtop CruiserSeries, which ranges from the 6.1m 600 through to the 8.1m 775.

Review - McLay Fortress Aluminium Dinghies

November 25 2012
The unique Mclay Fortress design allows for a sharper entry permitting a better ride and less spray. Reverse chines allows greater stability with a large deadrise. Floor height is reduced to the bottom of the boat resulting in lower center of gravity.