MG Boats 530 Boat Report

Report by Geoff

Length 17ft 3ins (5.3m)
Beam 7' 8" (2.38m)
Draught 12" (0.33m)
Weight 750Kg (1650lbs)(without engine)
Engine 75hp 2 Stroke
Max rated power 90hp
Design Category C

530 Pilot house

2 Storage lockers + Anchor locker
Stainless cleats & pulpit
2 x Side bench seats
Grab rails
Pilot house
Steering console
Adjustable pilot and co pilot seats
Cabin berth with cushions + locker space
Cockpit upholstery
Opening ventilation hatch
Built in fuel tank
Double skinned for extra strength
Transport cover optional
Navigation lights
Bathing ladder
Rear Tonneau with window
Bilge pump

The advert states:- An ideal fishing boat at a very affordable price. (I picked mine up as an ex demonstrator that had never been in the water nor had an engine fitted at the back end of last season at a greatly reduced price!)
With a 90 hp maximum engine this boat really flys (I fitted a 75hp two stroke, the boat planes nicely at 18mph with a top speed of 39mph full fuel tank, two up - GPS speedo).
Comes complete with a tonneau cover and built in bilge pump as well as many other extras.
The extras include things like navigation lights, teleflex steering, fuel gauge, additional seats, cushions, some electrics, battery box, grab rails, stainless steel rails & fittings etc.

Out on the water she handles nicely at all speeds, the pilothouse affording ample shelter from the elements. I have done extensive sea trials attacking waves of all sizes at all angles with no problems, she does not seem as tippy as the same size/configuration quicksilver.
There is ample freeboard & the pilothouse is easy to get around for mooring/anchoring purposes. The bow locker is huge so storage for warp, chain & anchor is no problem.
There is a large live bait well plus under deck storage, storage bins in the cabin, under bunk storage... all in all plenty of storage!

Deck space is self draining, uncluttered with a bording ladder making easy access from a tender.
Pilothouse is a nice height - even a fairly tall person could stand up straight without having to stoop.

Good grab rail arrangement
Storage, deck space
Comfortable cabin area
Fairly easy access for installation of electrics, steering remotes etc.
Easy launch & retrieve
Tough little boat with good sea keeping qualities.

Fuel tank mountings (I have had to install a couple of stringers to secure the tank firmly)
Fuel tank (80ltr) could be larger for the thirstier two strokes.
Hatches tend to rattle at speed/rough sea,
No bow roller,
No wipers installed (nor expected at the price I paid)

Geoff's Boat


Disclaimer: Everything written in these reports are based on personal experience and the individual's opinion only. I have tried my best to present the facts correctly, but I/we take no responsibility for any mistakes or omissions.


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