A deeper hull might have made the already impressive Microcat bait boat one of the best on the market, reckons tackle editor Marc Coulson
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Widely regarded as the ultimate in bait-boat technology, for many years the Microcat set the standard to which all others aspired.
The only criticism that was ever consistently levelled at it was the height of the hull, or lack of it, more precisely.
The latest Microcat HD, however, has been designed to address this minor issue, with a deeper hull and hoppers set higher above the waterline eliminating any problems when using, for example, particle baits or PVA bags.
This isn’t the only area where the HD represents an improvement on previous models.
Upgraded electronics have created an even more reliable radio signal, which can no longer clash with any other users on the same venue, while the new HD batteries offer up to two hours’ running time on a single charge.
The previously external aerial has been mounted inside the boat itself, so it cannot snag on overhanging branches or any other obstacles, and each hopper can now be opened at the same time or independently.
The HD comes with the option of having the new Bluesounder fishfinder fitted, which is a huge upgrade on the previous Angling Technics system and which syncs with your smartphone or tablet.
I reviewed the Bluesounder in Carpfeed magazine's ‘tech special’ in April and was extremely impressed with the accuracy of the system as well as the ease of viewing the information it relayed back on my iPad.
It’s certainly a far cry from when I last used a bait boat, the original Microcat - more than a decade ago!
At 220mm, the hull on the HD is significantly higher than other Microcat models. This makes using particles and PVA bags easier.
New, up-to-date fishfinder which can be used with a smart phone or tablet and offer improved clarity and features.
Behind the weed guards are twin jets powered by powerful motors, inside sealed maintenance-free units.
The new HD boat carries upgraded and more powerful batteries, offering an impressive over two hours’ running time at full speed.