Blog - Boats & Fishing etc

Read about all the new things happening in the world of fishing boats, aluminium boats and recreational boats.

Congratulations
News - July 29, 2020

Congratulations

Congratulations to the new owners of this McLay 601 CrossXover. First boat sold out of Warren Hay Marine's new premises. You can now find them at 211 Port Road, Dockland 5, Whangarei. A new McLay …
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News - May 26, 2020

Mercury Outboards NZ

McLay Boats are Mercury outboard dealers which means we fit new mercury motors on about half the boats we sell and are also service agents for Mercury outboards. If you have any servicing needs or …
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McLay 741 Raptor review
Review - May 6, 2020

McLay 741 Raptor review

Boat review on the 741 Raptor in the April issue of the Boating New Zealand magazine. …
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Fishing Boats
News - March 19, 2020

Fishing Boats

Aluminium boat design and manufacturer, McLay Boats, has one of the best range of aluminium and fishing boats. It's not only New Zealanders but also people across the globe that are serious about …
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McLay Boats New Website
News - February 26, 2020

McLay Boats New Website

Steve and the team have been working hard on the new website to better display the great range of fishing boats and leisure boats they have available. McLay Boats uses high quality and high …
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McLay 741 Raptor in action
News - August 25, 2019

McLay 741 Raptor in action

Click on the link below to see the McLay 741 Raptor with the Tectrax system in action. (Credit Barry Thompson at Powerboat Magazine). …
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Sydney International Boat Show
News - July 31, 2019

Sydney International Boat Show

McLay Boats are back in Sydney at Good Times Marine. Check out our best selling hardtop models on their stand 510, hall 4 at the Sydney International Boat Show. On now!! …
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Reef Marine Under new Management
Dealer - July 11, 2019

Reef Marine Under new Management

Reef Marine (our dealership in MacKay, Australia) is under new management! McLay Boats would like to thank both Brett and Greg for all the hard work and sales generated for McLay Boats over the …
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Otago Regional Council Harbour Master Boat.
News - May 21, 2019

Otago Regional Council Harbour Master Boat.

Official launch of the Otago Regional Councils Harbour Master Boat. Held at Port Chalmers with various dignitaries, councilors and media in attendance. …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
News - May 15, 2019

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

McLay Boats stand (hall 3, stand 333) set up at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boatshow. Being held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. Open daily at 10 a.m from today until this Sunday (May the …
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Introducing the 741 Raptor
News - May 13, 2019

Introducing the 741 Raptor

Introducing the McLay 741 Raptor. A new chapter in Amphibious Boats. Using the Tectrax amphibious electric all wheel drive system makes operating very quiet and easy. Probably a world first in …
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Fishing World July 2018 - 441 Fortress Dingy
Review - July 12, 2018

Fishing World July 2018 - 441 Fortress Dingy

Fishing World review of the McLay 441 Fortress Dingy. …
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Bush 'n' Beach Fishing July 2018 - 651 CrossXover Hardtop
Review - July 2, 2018

Bush 'n' Beach Fishing July 2018 - 651 CrossXover Hardtop

Bush 'n' Beach Fishing review of the McLay 651 CrossXover Hardtop. …
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Toko Junior Hockey
News - June 28, 2018

Toko Junior Hockey

Toko Junior Hockey This season children from both Milton Primary and St Marys School have combined to form a Year 5/6 junior hockey team named Toko Juniors. Each Wednesday they play teams from …
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All Purpose Family Boat  - up to 6 mtrs winner 2018
News - May 21, 2018

All Purpose Family Boat - up to 6 mtrs winner 2018

McLay Boats Ltd won the All Purpose Family Boat - up to 6mtrs at this years Hutchwilco New Zealand Boatshow. The category was won with the 611 CrossXover Hardtop. …
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Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat - up to 7mtrs 2018
News - May 21, 2018

Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat - up to 7mtrs 2018

McLay Boats Ltd won the All Purpose Family Boat - up to 7mtrs at this years Hutchwilco New Zealand Boatshow. The category was won with the 701 Gen2 ExtraCab. …
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Top Dealer of the Year for 2017
News - May 17, 2018

Top Dealer of the Year for 2017

Top Dealer of the Year for 2017 goes to Bay's Boating Ltd from Motueka. This is the second year in a row that they have won. Well done and thank you all for your hard work. (Photo shows Steve …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2018
News - May 15, 2018

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2018

McLay Boats Ltd stand at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boatshow 2018. Being held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. Open from the 17th to the 20th of May 2018. Hours are 10am til 6pm daily. Don't …
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New Zealand Fishing News May 2018 - 571 Sportsman Hardtop - New Model
Review - May 1, 2018

New Zealand Fishing News May 2018 - 571 Sportsman Hardtop - New Model

New Zealand Fishing News review of the McLay - 571 Sportsman Hardtop. …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2018
News - April 30, 2018

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2018

We will be launching the 571 Sportsman Hardtop, (our newest model) at The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, being held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland. It runs from the 17th to the …
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Review - April 30, 2018

New Zealand Fishing News - May 2018 - McLay 1100 Walk Around

New Zealand Fishing News review of the McLay 1100. …
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Pacific Powerboat Magazine - 591 XL Sportsman Hardtop
Review - April 1, 2018

Pacific Powerboat Magazine - 591 XL Sportsman Hardtop

Read Pacific Powerboat Magazine's review of the McLay 591 XL Sportsman Hardtop. …
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NEW MODEL - 571 Sportsman Hardtop
News - February 16, 2018

NEW MODEL - 571 Sportsman Hardtop

New Model - 571 Sportsman Hardtop. Since the cuddy cabin 571 Sportsman was so popular we've developed a light weight hardtop along the same lines as the 591 Sportsman Hardtop. Should prove to be very …
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Review - January 30, 2018

Powerboat Magazine - Video - 561 CrossXover

Barry Thompson from Powerboat Magazine takes the 561 CrossXover out on the Taieri River and out over the bar. …
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Review - January 8, 2018

Powerboat Magazine - video - 30 Years in the business

Video of Barry Thompson visiting the McLay Factor. …
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Review - December 1, 2017

Fishing World December 2017 - 441 Fortress

"New Zealand-based McLay Boats unveils it's 441 Fortress, a tough little open boat perfect for those fishing inshore waters who appreciate quality." …
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Fishing World August 2017 - 571 Sportsman
Review - August 1, 2017

Fishing World August 2017 - 571 Sportsman

"Being located in the south of New Zealand's South Island speaks volumes for the toughness of McLay Boats. This is a region of variable and mean weather, big swell, high winds and cold; where an …
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Review - June 14, 2017

Boatmags.com - 651 CrossXover Hardtop

"We reviewed the McLay 651 Crossover on the stunning Lake Wakatipu, in Queenstown. This boat combines aspects of a family friendly fishing boat, with the safety of a pontoon boat. See what Barry …
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Review - June 14, 2017

Boatmags.com - 701 Cruiser Hardtop

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Review - June 13, 2017

Alloy Boat Magazine - Issue 10 2017. McLay 651 CrossXover Hardtop

Printed version of the test of the McLay 651 CrossXover Hardtop. Tested on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. …
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Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat Up to 7 Metres
News - May 23, 2017

Winner of the All Purpose Family Boat Up to 7 Metres

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, …
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New Brisbane Dealer
News - May 23, 2017

New Brisbane Dealer

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 …
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Top Dealer of the Year for 2016
News - May 22, 2017

Top Dealer of the Year for 2016

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 …
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Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
News - May 17, 2017

Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

Another shot of the McLay Stand 355, hall 3. …
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BIg Red
News - May 17, 2017

BIg Red

Big Red, the new 701 Gen2 Xtra Cab on the stand at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show this weekend. …
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Boats in a row
News - May 16, 2017

Boats in a row

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. …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 2017
News - May 10, 2017

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 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 …
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News - January 20, 2017

New Zealands First Female Apprentice Aluminium Boat Builder

NZ Marine News Article - our very own Elizabeth is New Zealands first female Apprentice Aluminium Boat Builder. …
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Review - December 1, 2016

Fishing Monthly December 2016 - 651 CrossXover Hardtop

"The CrossXover series is one of their most popular ranges they produce with five boats to choose from. The 651 CrossXover HT is the premium boat in the range. " …
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Review - November 1, 2016

Fishing Monthly - Video - 651 CrossXover Hardtop

Peter Jung from Fishing Monthly magazine testing out the McLay 651 CrossXover Hardtop on Hazelwood Pondage in Victoria, Australia. …
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Sydney Boat Show
News - July 29, 2016

Sydney Boat Show

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 …
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News - July 13, 2016

Business South Newspaper

Business South Newspaper (July issue) has a write up about McLay Boats Ltd in it. …
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Review - June 1, 2016

Fishing Monthly June 2016 - 611 CrossXover Hardtop

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Review - May 25, 2016

Fishing Monthly - Video - 611 CrossXover Hardtop

Steve Morgan from Fishing Monthly Magazine takes the 611 CrossXover Hartop for a spin on Port Phillip Bay, Australia. …
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Review - May 18, 2016

Fishing Monthly - Video - 581 CrossXover

Steve Morgan takes out the 581 CrossXover with David Garcia from Warragul Marine, for a spin on Port Phillip Bay. …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
News - May 11, 2016

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

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. …
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The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
News - May 10, 2016

The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

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 …
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Fishing Monthly May 2016 - 591 Sportsman Hardtop
Review - May 1, 2016

Fishing Monthly May 2016 - 591 Sportsman Hardtop

"New Zealand built boats have a reputation for being well-made and for offering packages that are designed for anglers. With this in mind I was looking forward to heading out on the water with David …
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701 Premier Hardtop
News - November 20, 2015

701 Premier Hardtop

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 …
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First container to New Caledonia
News - July 3, 2015

First container to New Caledonia

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 …
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Review - July 1, 2015

New Zealand Fishing News July 2015 - 701 Premier Hardtop

"We wanted to modernise the look of our boats, and the new Premier Range is the beginning of this" …
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All hands on deck after a very successful 2015 Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show for McLay Boats
News - June 1, 2015

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

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 …
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McLay Boats unveils all new top of the line boat package – Premier Series
News - May 1, 2015

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

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 …
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Trade a Boats Australia VERY impressed after trialling a 611 Crossover
News - November 27, 2014

Trade a Boats Australia VERY impressed after trialling a 611 Crossover

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 …
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McLay's 2014 Range Proves To Be A Real hit At The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show
News - May 20, 2014

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

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 …
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McLay Unveil's The All New CrossXover Series At The 2014 Hutchwilco NZ Boatshow
News - May 19, 2014

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

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 …
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McLay Launch New Fortress Models
News - May 18, 2014

McLay Launch New Fortress Models

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 …
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McLay Unveils the All New 931 Aluminium Fishing Boat
News - May 13, 2013

McLay Unveils the All New 931 Aluminium Fishing Boat

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 …
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Aluminium Trailer Boat Packages A Real Hit!
News - November 30, 2012

Aluminium Trailer Boat Packages A Real Hit!

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 …
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Proud Winners Of 'Best Aluminium Fishing Boat'
News - November 29, 2012

Proud Winners Of 'Best Aluminium Fishing Boat'

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 …
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McLay Aluminium Boats Are An Export Success
News - November 28, 2012

McLay Aluminium Boats Are An Export Success

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 …
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McLay 720 Aluminium Fishing Boat- A Charter Success In Sweden
News - November 28, 2012

McLay 720 Aluminium Fishing Boat- A Charter Success In Sweden

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 …
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Review - November 27, 2012

Boating New Zealand - McLay 1100 Walk Round

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 …
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Review - November 26, 2012

Pacific PowerBoat Magazine - McLay 690HT Fishing Boat

"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' …
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Review - November 25, 2012

McLay Fortress Aluminium Dinghies

"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 …
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Review - November 1, 2011

Fishing Monthly November 2011 - 4.8 Fortress

"The McLay Fortress 4.8m aluminium boat is the next step up from the 4.4m model reviewed some time back and follows the family tradition of being a super solid, reliable small craft that is well …
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Review - October 1, 2011

Fishing Monthly October 2010 - 4.4 Fortress

"The McLay 4.4m is also aptly named Fortress, as it exhibits those same qualities of safety, strength, durability and reliability, qualities that have personified McLay for more than a decade." …
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