Haines Hunter enhances fishing boat cult status
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The new Haines Hunter 565R looks likely to enhance the manufacturer’s cult following among recreational fishermen. The mid-sized vessel meets most anglers’ requirements, offering the option to customise the boat to your own needs.
The 5.65 metre long, sportily designed 565R can be towed on a trailer, has good cockpit space and a 200-litre fuel tank for long-range offshore travel.
A slight reduction in cabin size and height has increased on-board space in the cockpit in particular, a big plus for any fishing boat of this type. In addition, the high gunwale is a nice height for providing support when fighting fish, as well as adding extra safety when children are on board.
There is an option to have a seat across the full width of the stern, which has a beam of 2.4m, while access to the boat is via a swing door on the port side. The live-bait tank is situated on the starboard side and ample storage space on either side of the cockpit includes generous room for four rods.
The newly-designed wrap-around helm seats put the emphasis on comfort, with a bolster arrangement that allows ample room to stand and a footrest. The sports steering wheel and throttle can be easily reached from the sitting or standing position. There is tackle storage under both seats, so tackle bags don’t have to be left lying around on deck.
The 565R is powered by a Mercury 150hp four-stroke outboard for a high level performance that has the boat planing almost immediately. The stability afforded by the hull and its suitability for inshore and offshore fishing are further plus factors for anglers.
The R-Series is among a number of boat ranges made by Australian-owned and operated by the 50-year-old Haines Hunter company.
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