Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin with 150hp Honda VTEC – first class throughout

Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin with 150hp Honda VTEC – first class throughout

The appropriately named Haines Signature range, flagship of the Haines family’s stable of boat brands, was well represented by this stunning 575F Lockup Cabin.

Courtesy of sole South Australian Haines Signature dealer Pacific Marine, we were able to conduct our first-ever test of this legendary marque, in the form of the 575F Lockup Cabin, and we came away very impressed indeed.

Mounted on a dual-axle, Sea Craft drive-on trailer, from Robe Engineering, the 575F Lockup Cabin was fitted with a compact 150hp Honda VTEC 4-stroke, spinning a Solar 143/4 x 19” 3-blade stainless steel (s.s.) propeller.

An eye-catching livery of black and orange over white made for a very pleasing first impression, as did the sleek lines of the “Signature Variable Deadrise Hull” (SVDH™), perfectly balanced by the stylish topsides.

Once aboard we noted the roomy, protective cockpit with its padded inner decks, non-slip sole and full length shelves, each with 3-rod racks. 1.54m long, 1.71m wide and fully 0.90m deep, the cockpit offered fishing comfort and amenity.

A fold-down rear lounge shared the transom with a live bait well to starboard, transom door opposite and a magnificent, deluxe fold-down bait board, complete with three rod holders, three drinks holders, side clips for knives, tools etc. and a storage well.

Two marine batteries were controlled from “start”, “emerg. parallel” and “house” switches located in the stern port quarter, also home to a transom door. Each side deck featured two s.s. capped rod holders, a recessed s.s. grab rail and provided toe room at floor level, for greater purchase when fishing in choppy conditions.

Both swiveling, rake-adjustable, wrap-around helm seat featured a fold-down bolster, catering to those who prefer to stand whilst under way. For its passenger the 575F Lockup Cabin provided both s.s. grab rail and footrest, a lidded glove box, 12V power outlet, drinks holder and a very handy small shelf.

At the helm was an innovative single panel, hinged at its base, to give clear fold-down access to all the wiring etc. behind it. Honda gauges for trim, tacho., speedo. and fuel were ranged above a large Simrad NSE 12. This 12” multi-function display professional standard chartplotter/fishfinder provided powerful networking and integration capabilities, NMEA 2000® networking capability and plug-and-play expansion options for charting, radar, echosounding and autopilot integration.

Under the tall (2.80m) bimini, the helm bulkhead featured a lockable, sliding door to the 1.62m long, 2.06m wide, 1.40m deep cuddy. Bunk and infill cushions sat under padded side shelves, while an overhead hatch gave access to the foredeck.

The Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin slid easily from its trailer at North Haven, then we headed out to light seas on a small residual swell, with a mild wind from the northwest.

From a barely audible purr at four knots the Honda’s tone deepened once we cleared the haven, running smoothly to 3000rpm (13 knots), 4000rpm (23 knots), 5000rpm (32 knots) before reaching a maximum of 5500rpm and 35 knots.

With just over an hour on the clock, this BF150 engine’s Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) system lived up to Honda’s claim to provide a constant, seamless surge of power. We achieved 0-35 knots in just 15 seconds running into the seas and wind, then in 13 seconds running downwind.

Fitted with Sea Star hydraulic steering, the 575F Lockup Cabin was a pleasure to pilot, especially as we threw the hull into a series of tight turns and fast short runs to churn up some slop to run through. Notably, during those fast turns the hull stayed relatively flat and exhibited substantial grip while the Honda lost very few revs.

Pushed hard into “washing machine” turbulence, the hull entered very cleanly, with little noise and a ton of poise, which it also maintained when run beam-on to the waves. This being our first exposure to the Signature hull, we were more than impressed with its sheer stability, maintained through fast runs into, with and at angles to the seas.

At low speeds the variable deadrise of the hull produced an excellent turning circle of just a little over its own length to both port and starboard. Equally, the helm response when running in reverse was quick and assured. At rest, we two stood to one side of the cockpit, producing a list of less than 1°.

A cleverly conceived, practical and beautifully appointed vessel, the Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin provided great comfort combined with excellent handling, a smooth, dry ride and would, therefore, prove to be both an exceptional fishing platform and family water sports boat.

For further information on the Haines Signature 575F Lockup Cabin, or to arrange a test drive, contact Michael Schmidt at Pacific Marine on 8444 2444.
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