Given its configuration as a low-profile, sports-style fishing craft, you won’t find the 4.70 Mako Frenzy being used offshore. However, there are few other places this extremely stable boat won’t take a team of serious anglers keen on their plastic, fly or lure fishing. And with a 75hp motor fitted, it won’t take long to get there either.
The 4.70 Mako Frenzy is an open, side-console craft that offers terrific obstruction-free fishing opportunities for three or four anglers.
With a carpeted casting deck up front suitable for a couple of anglers to work from, plus a massive underfloor locker that can be set up as a 100L tournament live well, this craft is ideal for chasing bream, bass and impoundment barra.
As a fly angler, the only change I would make up front would be to put the anchor bollard into the open well so my fly line wouldn’t catch on it.
The low bow rail and the aft corner rails are low enough to be out of the way but quite handy at the ramp.
Besides the live well space, up front there’s also a pair of large underfloor hatches just aft of the anchor well, suitable for dry storage of gear. A seat spigot is up front for an angler to pop in a seat and then sit while casting to snags, fish or features as they come into range.
A bow-mount electric motor kit is a factory option and with a motor installed the front angler could comfortably direct the craft into likely hot spots, getting first crack at the fish ahead of others aboard.
Stepping down into the main cockpit, the carpeted floor provides sure footing and a quick look around reveals that there are another three seating positions available. The skipper naturally sits directly behind the side console to starboard (this seat has a slide adjusting base). First mate and a third angler are staggered across or aft of the skipper. In the test craft a pair of supportive pedestal-mount seats were supplied. I found them to be comfortable and quite stable.
With its tinted windscreen and under storage area, the side console is a very neat affair. On the dash there is a pair of Smart Craft gauges for the 75hp motor. While no sounder or other aids were fitted, there was certainly plenty of room to do so, a flat section just ahead of the wheel being ideal for additional installations.
The Smart Craft gauges are very easy to operate and will keep the driver informed of virtually everything they need to know about the motor. Simply touching a button changes the displayed information, and you can monitor everything from fuel consumption to the angle of the engine in respect to the transom of the craft.
The Mako Frenzy’s sporty wheel was offset to port on the console and with slide adjustment available on the pedestal seat, I found there was plenty of room to tuck my feet under the console. Driving was quite comfortable because the windscreen helped to minimise wind buffeting. The side-mounted forward controls were easy to reach and visibility was virtually unlimited.
Open boats don’t usually offer much storage space, as the idea of this style of craft is to maximise fishing area. However, there was a large storage pocket to port plus another larger, full-width storage shelf tucked under the transom to compliment the pair of storage lockers in the bow area.
I noticed that rod lockers are a factory option and some buyers might opt for these instead of the open storage pocket currently fitted. A rear 40L plumbed bait tank is another option, as is a bait station aft. The options are certainly there, you just need to specify what you need when placing your order.
Rated for outboards of 40-75hp, the 415kg Frenzy hull was amply powered by the 75hp the transom. So smooth and quiet at all revs, the motor started first kick and idled us out from the ramp.
With two aboard, the Mako kicked onto the plane at 3,000rpm at a speed of 20km/h. Cruising at 4,000rpm saw us moving at 40.7km/h while 5,000 revs gave the craft a reading of 52.1km/h on the GPS. A burst at 5,400rpm topped at 56.8km/h, which was pretty sensational.
The ride at all speeds was surprisingly gentle, partly due to the relatively sharp bow entry area and a fair degree of Vee aft as well. While a large spray rail on the chine serves to deflect water away from the hull, I feel that the large track rails along the outer (stern) section of the hull have the most influence on the ride.
These rails have little water contact while the craft is running at a level attitude (virtually out of the water) but instantly come into contact and grip as soon as the craft starts to lean into a turn. It doesn’t lean much though – the experience is more like a go-kart than a watercraft when the wheel is really locked! This is most definitely a fun boat to drive.
Hull-on-water noise levels were very low too, no doubt as a result of the foam floatation throughout the hull. With a low-decibel output from the motor and the lack of hull noise or vibration, normal speech was possible, even when going hard.
As mentioned, the 4.70 Mako Frenzy is not an offshore craft but it will handle work in the bay or impoundments with ease. Great stability at rest and masses of fishing room make this craft a really handy sportfishing boat. I would not be surprised to see some 4.70 Mako Frenzy boats at bass, bream or barra competitions in the near future.
The Frenzy has a price tag of around $25,500, which makes it even more attractive.
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