Haines Signature boats

Thinking of upgrading and know of a 2003 Signature for sale. Thought I would throw it to the wealth of experience in this forum. Can anyone give me thier opinion on these boats as I have not had a glass boat before and dont know alot about the Haines Signature. Quality of build, sea worthiness in real conditions and fishability are key items.



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Which model?

Wed, 2012-10-31 20:11

Which model?


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Wed, 2012-10-31 20:23

Sorry its the 540f with a 115 4 stroke suzuki with 69 hours on it.

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Wed, 2012-10-31 20:29


This guy thought they were alright.

Mate of mine had the same. He loved it


If I spent half as long fishing , as I do reading this bloody forum , I'd be twice the fisherman I am. 

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Hey Gav  google hans

Wed, 2012-10-31 20:31

Hey Gav  google hans tholstrup i think thats the boat be sailed from australia up to china/Japan. Haines signature have a very good reputation for build and ride quality and they look the part too. the only criticisim I can think of is the deck space is not as big as it could be.  Ask the seller if you can take the boat for a ride in less than perfect conditions so you can get a a feel for it 

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Had a look at that site. That

Wed, 2012-10-31 21:20

Had a look at that site. That mo fo is crazy. That is outragous to travel that far in that vessel.. The sea trial wont be a problem but I wanted to get opinions, good or bad before wasting his time if they are not rated. I thought that Haines were rated fairly well generally and I am actually trying to think of the wife a bit , thus the softer ride and mod cons while still being able to fish 2 to 3 people fairly comfortably. I had heard that some imported glass boats are quite thin in their construction but dont know if the signature fits into this catagory.  It certainly looks flasher that the old Quinny 475 , slam bash bang crash ect ect.

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Wed, 2012-10-31 22:06

 I have the Signature 575F, 2002 model, this has the flood keel. Very well built boat.

Economy with 135 opti is 1L per nm on average.

If you want any other info let me know.




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Had a 650F

Thu, 2012-11-01 00:45

 That was a 1998 model and we repowered with a 200 suzi 4 stroke. Great boat, excellent ride and stability. In that model there was heaps of deckspace.

Had it out in some more than rough conditions and it performed great.

As with all boats, there are some design points that couldve been done better.

1) Shallow entry on the bow to the foredeck. If you have a steep chop with no backs like we get at Exmouth/Onslow it doesnt take much to put the nose in. But once you are used to the boat, you can pick when that is likely to happen

2) The windscreens are usually raked back at a fair angle and this linits the size of gps/sounders you can have under the windscreen

3) if you use it for diving or spearing, getting in and out is via a very small transom board. but saying that we managed, just being picky.


Wish i had never got rid of it !




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hey mate

Thu, 2020-04-30 14:08

Hey mate im looking at a 650f down in bunbury, it has a 150 optimax, do you think thats underpowered? 

The cabin looks massive as well, do you think it has enough fishing space? The one im looking at is the 1999 hull build year. 

Im comparing this to a chivers predator 650 long reach ATM, not sure which one to go for. 


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I have the same boat muppet

Thu, 2012-11-01 12:34

I have the same boat muppet had.  650F.  I truely love it, but of course there are a couple things that could be better


Live bait tank drains into the hull.  Needs to be pumped out with bilge pump.

Self draining deck, has 2 pissy little holes to drain away any water that comes over the side (or windscreen as muppet said.  have done that a couple times).  These little drain holes get blocked easily by the smallest items eg small ball sinker.  The drain holes are very close to the waterline, and I reckon if you copped 500 litres over the side the water would not effectively drain away.

Hard to get your gps etc in under the low windscreen.


Apart from those problems, the rest of the boat is fantastic.  Very stable and the cabin is big enough to sleep 2 comfortably.

I reccommend getting an anchor winch, as it would be an effort climbing through the cabin hatch to pull/ deploy it by hand.

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hey mate

Thu, 2020-04-30 14:08

Hey mate can you read the reply above to muppet, i have the same questions for you :) 

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anchor winch

Thu, 2012-11-01 14:28

  had one on mine. was worth it.




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Nice hull

Mon, 2012-11-19 19:52

 Haines make a good hull and take a pretty good pounding very good in a following sea no brouching 115hp is a pretty good fit for this boat the only problem I see if you could call it that the cabin in this boat takes up most of the space not a lot of room left in the back for fishing.



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I have a 650F

Tue, 2020-05-05 08:38

I've fitted at HDS10 (10 inch screen under the windscreen). My live tank is plumbed to drain overside not into bilge. Great ride, good in following sea. Flooding keel. Bought it with 200hp banger and now have 175 etec. No issues at all with power but due to the shallow entry at bow it can dip under large waves. Never had any miore than a bucket of water over the windcreeen. Drain holes from deck are easy to keep clear but theyt are way too small fo any amout of water. Highly recommend this hull but they do throw a bit of spray