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2021 Makocraft 531 Canyon Console review

Twin-engined Makocraft 531 Canyon Console hits the mark for reliability in remote fishing locations

Makocraft’s latest Canyon Console models are available with single or dual four-stroke outboard engine power. These impressive plate alloy centre console boats come in three sizes – 531, 561, 591 and 631.


Given the heralded reliability of modern four-stroke outboard engines, these days few boaters and anglers fit twin engines to craft less than 5.5 metres long. So rare are twin-engined small boats nowadays that I can’t remember the last time I tested one.There is good reason for this. Modern four-stroke outboard engines are extremely reliable and dependable. They rarely break down, and when they do it is usually due to battery failure or poor-quality fuel

Smaller, sub 5.5-metre trailer boats don’t usually run that far offshore either, so fitting two engines, and the significant extra cost involved, including maintenance, is generally seen as overkill.Having noted the above, if I was buying a boat to fish remote coastal offshore waters, or crocodile-infested estuary and [...]

Makocraft 520 X-Rider 2023 review

The Makocraft 520 X-Rider dual-console open boat combines serious coastal fishing capabilities with family features and amenities

Makocraft recently launched the 520 and 560 series X-Riders. Each comes with dual helm consoles, a folding aft bench seat, and a huge front sun lounge which converts into a casting deck with live well. With more models in the pipeline, boatsales tested the smaller of these excellent new craft paired with a 115hp Mercury ProXS outboard engine. Could the Makocraft 520 X-Rider be the ultimate coastal all-rounder?


Gold Coast-based Makocraft has recently grown its boat range with plate alloy models to suit fishing and family boaters.Chief among the new family of all-rounders is the new X-Rider series. These new boats have a similar layout to a bowrider, but instead of a V-shaped seating area forward, these craft have an elevated casting deck that can be topped with clip-on upholstered vinyl cushions to create a large sun deck.The Makocraft X-Riders are currently available in 5.2-metre (520) and 5.6-metre (560) lengths, with flagship 591 and [...]

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