It took us a while, but we finally talked Phil Pierias and the team from Port Phillip Boating Centre into taking us for a spin on their Yamaha-powered Haines Hunter demo boat – the 675 Enclosed.
Powered by twin 130hp Yamaha F130s, it’s a smooth-riding, comfortable, well fitted out fishing machine that Phil and the team seem to spend as much time fishing in as they spend taking customers out for water tests in Port Phillip Bay. In fact, the day after we conducted this test, we heard that Phil was off to Lakes Entrance chasing swords. God bless marine dealers who fish!
Phil’s reasonably young for a fifteen-year veteran at owning his dealership. At 44, he’s enthusiastic about his major brands – Yamaha and Haines Hunter. You can see the full video interviews and boat test by scanning the QR code on this page.
Let me start by saying this probably won’t be your first boat purchase. It’s more likely to be your last. The demo model – the ‘Enclosed’ version with hard top and side windows – weighs in at $160,000 with all the bells and whistles. It’s a craft that a serious offshore fisho would consider for inshore and offshore. It allows you to get fishing and back home again in occasionally nasty conditions. And it does it in style.
So what do you get for your cash? First you get a premium Mackay twin-axled trailer to get the 2.8t rig back and forth to the ramp – be it Portland or Eden or your local waters. Most 4WDs nowadays will tow it. Phil’s VW Touareg seemed to have no problems and most twin cab utes have the guts to drag it around.
Secondly, you get the Haines Hunter hull. Also built locally in Melbourne, these hulls have a history of looking good, performing well and maintaining excellent resale value. And lastly you get the Yamahas. The twin-rigged 130s are a reasonably new addition to the Yamaha range – they’ve been on the market for a couple of years and both dealers and customers are singing their praises.
Fitted with cable controls (the 130 isn’t a fly-by-wire outboard) and no counter-rotating prop options, there’s a little skill required in balancing the throttles and trim to get the attitude right. When the balance is right, there’s little need for the trim tabs fitted.
Spinning a pair of Yamaha Talin 18” props, the big rig jumps out of the hole in less than five seconds and then chews up the miles at the high 3000s rpm with a collective economy of just over 1.5km/L. That’s pretty sweet. If you only want 0.9km/L performance, drive it hammers-down. It’ll buy you 78km/h.
There’s no doubt that this demo boat is built for serious fishing. The lean post, Furuno MFD, abundant rocket-launcher rod storage and twin windowed live bait tanks combined with the massive underfloor wet-storage will pique the interest of the most serious offshore anglers.
If you’re serious about checking out this rig further, it’ll be at the 2017 Melbourne Boat Show. Or you can give Phil and the guys at Port Phillip Boating Centre a call. Check out www.portphillipboatingcentre.com.au or like them on Facebook at Port Phillip Boating Centre. Packages start from $125,000 for this hull.
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*Time to plane = 4.75 seconds