Marco 570 Hunter - Value for money
By Ian Miller
Driving a centre console alloy boat on a cold choppy Whangarei harbour is not what I would normally classify as fun! How wrong can you be! At the end of an hour’s boat test, which was a heap of fun, I was very reluctant to return this well designed Marco 570 Hunter to its trailer.
Marco Boats based in Morrinsville have been building boats for two decades. The business is owned by Bryan and Helen Horne who have only had the reins of the company for a little over a year. The day-to-day management is run by their son Dayne Horne and Bob Jarvie.
They plan to double the current production of 100 units spread over the 10 Marco models during the next 18 months. This expansion will ensure that the Marco brand will increase its share of the New Zealand recreational boating market.
Construction / layout:
The hull’s 4mm marine grade aluminium plating is stiffened by six 4mm L-shaped stringers, which run the full length of the hull. These stringers are locked together by 4mm ties welded at 500mm intervals. An underfloor sealed 4mm bulkhead is welded in just forward of the centre console. The fully welded 3mm treadplate floor completes the hull’s strength capabilities to handle the stress and strains of pounding into a heavy sea. Also built into the hull’s construction are two completely sealed underfloor buoyancy chambers. A great safety feature!
Layout of the 570 Hunter is excellent.
The centre fibreglass console helm is well positioned and provides ample protection for two people. The 1.9m high screen providing plenty of protection for the equipment mounted on the console’s dashboard such as radio, depth sounder, GPS and the outboard’s instrumentation. Navigation lights and bilge pump are standard items which are operated from a four-way switch panel set into the dashboard.
There is a small anchor hatch in the bow although there is not enough room for stowing all the warp and anchor.
I think this particular rig was very well balanced with the Mercury 90 HP Saltwater Series outboard hanging off the back. With a hull weight of around 360 kg, performance was always going to be lively! At 4000 revs, we cruised at a very comfortable 30 mph. A quick squirt on the throttle and we were hitting 45 mph! At 5300 revs I backed off as sea conditions were coming into play. Maximum revs for the motor is 5600 so this boat is very capable of over 50 mph. At the end of an hour of ‘the boys at play’ we still had change out of 20 litres of petrol so economy of this rig is exceptional.
Dive and Fishability:
For the fishermen, to be able to walk right around the boat while playing that fighting fish is a luxury. The test boat had four flush mounted rod holders down each gunwale and I must admit to being impressed with the two bait boards forward and aft. The underfloor hold could also be converted into a fish hold or live bait tank if desired.
Value for Money :
Although this is the first of the 570 Hunters off the line, I am sure that with a price tag of around $32,000 Dayne and his team will be busy. The test boat was loaned by Anchorage Marine in Whangarei and is exceptional value at just under $30,000.
Although the 570 Hunter is very aptly named, the versatility of this rig is huge. It would be quite at home as a family boat towing skiers, wake-boarders or just playing around in the lakes.
Price as tested approximately $32,000.
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