The 469 MP Nomad from Stacer features the tried and tested EVO hull and is a real performer – an ideal boat for exploring any large estuary.
The Nomad stands out as a tidy package and the transom instantly grabbed my attention. MP stands for Mod Pod but it should be ‘maxi pod’ – it’s huge. The test boat was rigged with a 60hp Mercury four-stroke and I was surprised that this was the maximum rating for the boat – any thing else would have looked lost.
On the Stacer custom trailer the full rig measured 6.1m and was easily launched with a medium 4WD. With an approximate weight of 525kg, the boat can be easily launched by one person but two would be better in windy conditions. Retrieval can be done single-handed and there were no problems on the calm conditions test outing.
The glassy conditions of the Camden Haven River were ideal for seeing what sort of speed we could extract from the 60hp Mercury. I was expecting the Nomad to jump out of the hole and really push along but she did take a little to get up and plane before comfortably cruising at 3000rpm at around 23kmh. The handheld GPS showed 50kmh at trimmed out at a full throttle of 6000rpm.
The Nomad is capable of heading offshore and could easily handle crossing a bar on calm days. While the test motor was fitted with a 15” Vengeance prop, the manufacturers recommended 19” would certainly give the boat a bit more low-down grunt .
The Nomad comes standard with a bimini top and has a mount for a ski pole if you want to enjoy other water sports. The large pod with its retractable ladder would make it very easy for climbing on board after a ski or a quick dip.
Put through tight turns at speed, the EVO hull held well and didn’t slip or chine walk. It felt good and wasn’t to tough to pull around. At slow speeds it was easy to manoeuvre. When the power was cut at full speed, the Nomad dropped of the plane quickly with out really lurching forward and kept a good straight line.
It would have been nice to test it in tougher conditions but my only real concern safety-wise was that the side grab rails were too far back for passengers seated on the pedestal seats to get a sturdy grip in rough conditions.
With a 2.2m beam and an open-plan deck, there was plenty of room for the maximum capacity of five adults. With 55cm from the floor to the wide gunwales, taking kids for a day’s fishing would be very reassuring. The boat was very stable under way and at rest.
The standard aft live-bait tank was a very tidy addition, although you’d have to be cautious not to lose any precious baits over the back. With a 105L below-deck fuel tank and the quite frugal four-stroke, the Nomad could do some serious exploring without needing a refill.
At first glances there didn’t seem to be much storage space because the aft compartment was taken up fully with the boat’s batteries. However, there is a large compartment under the floor in the main section and three more forward of the console. The middle of these three compartments looked to be around a 90L bin and was plumbed as a livewell on the test boat.
There were two very small compartments on either side of the main seats that would be handy for small safety equipment, sunscreen and the mozzie repellent.
The console was some way forward compared with similar boats from other makes, allowing considerable room in the rear of the cockpit for an esky, picnic supplies or extra space for fishing.
Sitting at the helm I felt the seat was a little close to the console but it didn’t impede my ability to handle the boat and all the displays were easy to read and clearly visible. The test boat came fitted with a Navman 4431 sounder that was well-positioned on the console and there was also a Navman radio.
The forward casting deck was nice and roomy with plenty of space for two anglers and for the foot control of the 54lb MotorGuide electric fitted to the test boat.
Overall, the 469 MP Nomad is a very tidy package with well-upholstered and comfy seats and carpeted decks, safety accessories, navigation lights and cockpit lights and represents good value. If you’re looking for an all-round boat that enables you to enjoy a family outing or a serious fishing session, the 469 MP Nomad is well worth a test drive. Come to think of it, after seeing what this boat can do that ‘MP’ could also stand for multi-purpose!
Bottom sheet: 3mm
Upper sheet: 2.5mm
Weight (boat only):413kg
Max transom weight:157kg
Standard features: Aft short side rails; foredeck alloy cleat; Ally Core hatches; anchor shelf; anchor well; bimini; bowsprit; carpeted floor; casting platform; cockpit lights; aft live bait tank; low split bow rails; Maxi Bracket; Mod Pod; Navman Fish 4431 DST sounder; painted with stripes; hinged anchor bow roller; 2 rod holders; 2 seat pedestals; side console & rails; steering wheel; telescopic rear ladder; transducer bracket; 2 transom handles; underfloor flotation; 105L underfloor fuel tank; underfloor storage.
Options: Alloy cutting board; bimini; bow mount electric mount plate; berley bucket; compass; Maxi Bracket; rear ladder; extra rod holders; ski pole and cutting board; skipper seat pedestal; stainless steel ski pole; transom backrest; two-tone paint; upgrade to hydraulic steering
Price as tested: $28,500. Test boat courtesy of Dave Makin, sold by Rob and Ros at Camden Haven Marine, 537 Ocean Drive, North Haven, phone 02 6559 9344 at.
The 469 MP Nomad sat nicely on the custom fitted Stacer Trailer.
The large Mod Pod transom features a retractable stainless steel ladder for easy access.
The 60hp Mercury four stroke looks right at home on the Stacer 469 Nomad.
Launching and retrieving were a simple procedures.
The Mod Pod transom adds to the length of the boat and the possibility of fitting the optional ski pole makes the Nomad an attractive family fun boat.
The console is well forward and has all the instrumentation you need for a boat of this size.
The Stacer pedestal seats and large, open floor plan make this a very versatile boat.
– The large open floor plan make this a very versatile boat.
The spacious casting deck with plenty of underfloor storage make fishing easy.
The storage bin under the cockpit floor provides space for all the necessary equipment for a day on the water.
The main storage bin in the casting deck can be plumbed as a livewell or it can simply be a great place to store your catch or extra supplies.
Small compartments for storing small equipment are handy and there is good space for some rod holders.
In glassy conditions the 469 Nomad handled a treat!
Under way the Stacer 469 Nomad is a tidy looking vessel with good speed from the mercury 60hp four-stroke.
Stacer’s EVO hull carves through the water and produces brisk performance.
At rest the Nomad is a very stable boat.
Manoeuvring the Nomad at idle is remarkably easy.
Dave Makin is the wproud owner of this nice new 469 Stacer Nomad.Reads: 2038