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Looking for input on th Bliss Stick Mac 1 and other "all river" creekin boats for use on beginer Class 5 and stuff. Like Baily, Gore etc. Never owned a creek boat but I've paddled micro's, H3's, and a Huck. I lean towards the Huck and boats like that. I'm 5'9" and 160.

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MAC 1 Review

I have only paddled the Mace 1 one time so can't give you an indepth review but it is in the same category as a WS diesel or H3. The Mac 1 has more rocker than the diesel or h3 and that was the biggest change I saw. Planing hull river running creek boat. Sorry I can't help you more but I did not paddle it enough to give a good review. If you want to demo my huka let me know or if you want a Mac let me know and I will get you an order form.

Mike Paris
Bliss Stick

ps there are many reviews of MAC 1 onMissionAssaultCraft1 on boatertalk

The "Who & Where"
For reference, I’m 5’10” and 155lbs. Been paddling the MAC1 for a few weeks now (just bought my very own a weeks ago, so no…I’m not sponsored by Bliss Stick…only Visa) and have had it on a variety of runs. I’ve had it on low volume technical class IV-V stuff, mellow drift’n’boof waterfalls in the 15-20 ft range, tight “slot” drops, pushy steep technical gorges, and bigger drops in the 30-40 ft range with must boof or must plug scenarios. The MAC1 has performed well in all of these environments…with “perform” being the key word here. The MAC1 is a high performance creek/riverrunner.

Check out to reference the runs (Green Truss, White Salmon River and the Salmon River Gorge, Oregon Salmon River) where I tested the MAC1. These were great testing grounds to say the least!

The shape and volume distribution of the MAC1 is noticeably different from any other boat out there right now. It has a generous amount of bow rocker, but not nearly the healthy dose that was given to the Huka. The rocker on the MAC1 allows the boat to climb up on features well for rock boofs, spins, or when hopping over logs. Stern rocker is somewhat minimal but this is one of the aspects of the boat that allows the boat to generate the speed that it has. I have not found the lack of stern rocker to be detrimental to the boat in any way at this point. In fact, the shape and volume distribution of the stern has created a feature and handling characteristic in this boat that is surprisingly beneficial…but I’ll get to that in a bit. The volume distribution of the boat makes it well balanced in bigger features and provides for a nice, dry ride. The full planning hull design gives the boat a sporty, snappy feel that is just plain fun. If you think about going somewhere, the boat will take you there without hesitation.

Rough Specs:
Length: 8'
Width: 26"
Volume: 74 gal.
Weight: 45 lbs.

Bliss Stick stepped it up a notch with their new outfitting. It is still relatively basic when compared to some of the overly complex systems, which are infiltrating the kayak R&D circles, but is genuinely functional and sturdy. Hip pads are now included with Bliss Stick boats and extra shims are provided if you happen to be a bit under-fed to properly fit within the rotomolded seat. Adding shims takes no time at all…seriously, less than a minute. The backband is now adjustable at four points: two cams located on the back of the backband and ratchets located up on the thigh braces. This new backband setup seems to be more of a bomber setup than the original one that was used in the early versions of the Huka. It is also super easy to get a nice, secure, custom fit with the backband. The seat is adjustable on pre-drilled tracks…just loosen the bolts and slide the seat to where you want it, quick, easy, and painless. The seat also comes with a pre-fitted pad now, so you won’t need to add any foam unless you want to be higher in the boat. I found the seat height to be just about perfect for my tastes. The bulkhead is quick to adjust here, nothing fancy, just pure function. I added some foam to the plastic plate in the bulkhead since I like any type of piton insurance I can get. Overall, this has been one of my easiest outfitting experiences and the simple yet durable nature of the setup gets my vote of approval.

The MAC1 is the supercharged rally car of creek/riverrunners. This boat will accelerate quickly and carries its speed up until you decide to hit the brakes in an eddy (or a piton rock…depends on how you like to stop). It is however easy to scrub a little speed if you find things happening a bit to fast for your liking. That’s why I liken it to a rally car, it’ll be quick if you need it to be, but it will also just cruise along at a manageable clip for those mind-bending technical sections where accelerating into the next drop too quickly is not ideal. Like I briefly mentioned earlier, the MAC1 will carry its speed well when faced with a series of man-eating hydraulics followed by eddy fences guarding your next checkpoint. This boat is noticeably faster than the Huka.

The MAC1 is a good boat to charge big lines with. Combining its ability to accelerate and hold a line, it generates confidence when running potentially confidence-destroying lines. Surfing the smallest of waves is just plain easy. Using that characteristic makes holding ferry angles above “nasty-don’t-go-there” features pretty dang easy if you keep it together in your head J. Here’s the one thing that really surprised me about the handling of this boat…its super easy to make last minute corrections. Considering how well it tracks, I didn’t think it would be an easy boat to turn or make quick adjustments with, but I was wrong. This boat tracks like a long boat but is nimble almost to the point of feeling like a Huka (super nimble).

Bring ‘em on! This boat kicks ass when dropping into big stomping hydraulics. In all seriousness here, I’m confident that this boat handles nasty holes very well. Granted, there’s always going to be a hole that gives you a good slice of humble pie…but when the battle starts I’d want to be in this boat. The MAC1 will pierce a hole, go deep, and fire out the backside without a hint of slowing down (in fact, this is the first boat I’ve felt accelerate out of every hole I’ve gone deep in). Or, if staying on top of the hole is the best option, bring that planning hull into action and skip over the top of it. I’ve literally felt this boat get airborne skipping over the top of big holes. I don’t know what else to say here. The MAC1 is the best boat I’ve been in when dealing with big hydraulics.

This boat will boof on command. While not being the silly easy boat to boof that the Huka is, it’s not far off. The bow rocker will allow you to easily climb up onto rocks or shelves for those “assisted” boofs. Late boofs are not a problem as there is ample stern rocker (although not as much as the Huka) to allow an easy lifting of the bow. If it needs to be boofed, you won’t have to think twice in the MAC1…just give’er and it’ll go! Contact points within the boat, such as knees, thigh braces, and hips allow for body language to easily and quickly translate to the boat for mid-air angle adjustments. Ask this boat to do it and it will.

Three words…controlled, predictable, and quick. I thought that I’d paddled boats that resurfaced in a controlled and predictable manner, but the MAC1 takes it to another level. As I mentioned when talking about busting through holes, the boat resurfaces quickly. Due largely to the stability that is provided by the hull design, volume distribution, and very stable nature of the stern shape, this boat brings you to the surface quickly and confidently. I never experience even the slightest feeling of being back-endered or getting rocket moved back to the surface in an uncontrolled fashion. The boat does resurface with a slight bow up angle, but not so steep that it wants to go over backwards. Some other boats I’ve been in seem to resurface flat, which seems to slow things down sometimes when I don’t necessarily want to slow down. The slight bow up resurfacing nature of the MAC1 allows it to maintain its speed and carrying it out of the backwash of a drop. Very nice boat for running big drops in. It probably goes without saying, but try to avoid landing flat off the big ones as the planning hull could make you and your chiropractor new best friends.

I have been thoroughly enjoying the MAC1. It is a quick, sporty boat that is more than worthy for taking down your local steep creek or big water run. This is a great all-around boat suitable for running class IV-V+ water. Some folks will really enjoy the hull design while those coming form displacement hulls will need to take some time for adjustment. That being said, this boat does have a high performance feel to it that just makes things fun on a different level. Considering what this boat was made for, I haven’t found anything that I would change at this point, but I’ll update this review if I do find anything. As far as durability goes, I’ve beat the crap out of my Huka and it should have broken by now…but it hasn’t. I like Bliss Stick plastic. I’m looking forward to the coming winter rains out here in the Pacific Northwest to get it on some true big water runs and see how it handles in the type of water that it was designed for.


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I have a bit of second hand info (Take it for what that's worth)
A couple of my friends had them a few years back and the common response to the boat that it was in the harder to roll than most other boats category; wide, deep square side rolling a box I heard from them on many occasion after they missed a roll or two. Also ones with the older outfitting would oil can early and deep just under the seat
stable, easy transition from a playboat, durable
If you like the 'Huck' check out a Liquid Logic Remix 69; A foot longer but way more stable it can paddle anything a Huck can (creeks) and more (way better big water boat)
and you'll be lots more comfortable in it. my 2 cents
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