Mac Boats® first started business in Tauranga New Zealand in 1986 originally designed by Gary MacDougall. This is how the name Mac® originated. The first boat was a polyethylene 2.1 metre (8ft) dinghy. This dinghy was a great success with national sales and exports to Japan, Canada, U.S.A. and Australia. Due to the success a 3.4 metre boat was introduced into the range. Both of these boats are still being sold some 20 years later.
In 1988, Plasma Boat Corporation Ltd developed the first pontoon Mac Boat® at 5.7 metres (18ft). The design of the Mac 5.7 is the basis of the current design that is being used by Mac Boats® today. The Mac 5.7 is also very successful with sales being made into both commercial and recreational markets. Sales to the King of Tonga, King Taufa’ahau Tupou V1, Pearl Divers in Tahiti, commercial diving schools and commercial dive boats in Rarotonga are some of the sales internationally achieved during this period.
These boats are still in commercial operation today! The first boats to Australia and the U.S.A. were actually air freighted! In the mid 1990’s Gary MacDougall expanded the operation to create Allied Plastics International located in Durham North Carolina U.S.A.