Haines Hunter has had a longstanding reputation in the boating world for producing very serious fishing craft. So it is no surprise that the Haines Hunter 585R Breeze upholds the company’s strong tradition.
The 585R is an incredibly good fishing craft. It has the highest standard of freeboard, handling, and sea-keeping ability. Its smooth ride is enjoyable and the vessel is very aesthetically pleasing.
The craft was nimble and very quick, thanks to the 150 Evinrude E-Tec on the transom. It cruised quite easily at 73km/h into a strong head wind with three people onboard and a full fuel load, which is an impressive performance.
The vessel is also a great looking boat. From the bow, sleek lines lift gently up to the cuddy cabin, which feature a pair of padded bunks, and then flow aft to incorporate a streamlined five piece tempered glass windscreen. There is also a well-made folding bimini top, and gunwales that curve down to a stylish cut away transom. Even though half of the craft seems to be the cockpit, the 585's lines are quite proportionate and flow smoothly from stem to stern.
Up front, the 585R has a very strong bowsprit with heavy-duty roller and fair lead. The anchor well can be set up for an optional winch, and it has a lock down lid so there won't be any anchor rope spilling out. Tending the anchor can be done through either the wide cabin hatch or by walking around onto the non-skid deck to the front.
Inside the cabin there are overhead shelving, padded backrests, and plenty of light from the central hatch with ample legroom and under-bunk storage. Entry into the cabin is through the doorway between the Haines Hunter embossed pedestal bucket seats. Tucked away between these seats is also a 200L under floor storage compartment.
At the first mate's disposal is a lockable glove box, a grab handle, and drink holder. The skipper’s features included a drink holder, slide adjustable seat, and engine forward controls in the side moulding with a stylish dual layer dash layout in carbon fibre surrounds.
The main engine gauges, including the all important Evinrude I-Command unit, were on the top level of the dash, and the Lowrance X510C colour sounder and Lowrance Global Map 5200 colour GPS were on the lower level. The craft's GME marine radio was located below the wheel linked to the hydraulic steering.
At the helm, I noted ample legroom between the seats and the cabin bulkhead, enabling the skipper to stand if necessary.
The Haines Hunter 585R Breeze has an exceptional set up for its folding rear seats. The well-padded three person aft seat sits snug into a recess in the transom, which makes even more room within the 780mm deep cockpit. Furthermore, when the seat is down for use it's possible to remove the clip-on cover behind to allow access to the storage space built into the transom – very smart design!
Dual heavy-duty batteries were set up in the off floor transom shelf, along with the motor’s oil bottle. And a large pumped live well was set up in the transom to starboard.
Storage pockets are always part of a serious fishing craft and the 585R Breeze was equipped with two pockets per side, with padded coaming separating the 3m long units. A removable, drained, bait station was another handy cockpit feature, along with the deck wash and boarding gate to port. Rod holders complimented each side pocket plus there are an additional six on the aft section of the bimini. There was also a strong grab rail set into each transom corner, with the craft's retractable boarding ladder handy to the gate.
The Haines Hunter 585R Breeze achieves its tremendous cockpit depth by carrying the floor well down into the hull. Even though the cockpit floor is not self-draining, a large under floor sump with an automatic bilge pump was designed to take care of any water within the cockpit.
The 585R Breeze is rated for engines from 150-200hp and the craft's wide transom is especially designed to cater for a twin-engine installation. As fitted, the 150hp E-Tec made easy work of powering the smooth riding rig. The Breeze planed at 22km/h at 2,500rpm, and 3,000rpm saw 32.4km/h on the Lowrance Global Map 5200. At 4,000rpm the craft reached 47.3km/h, 5,000rpm 51.8km/h and 5,500rpm 73.4km/h. However, 4,200rpm at 55.4km/h was a smooth and easy cruising speed for the rig.
Speed is not everything of course and when travelling offshore there is often more need to move smartly than fast, and this is where the two-stroke 150 E-Tec excelled. When the control lever was moved forward, the craft responded instantly with each engine rev. The ride and handling of the rig was exceptional, the hydraulic steering made controlling the boat a precise and easy business.
Haines Hunters have a lot of runs on the board when it comes to creating a good ride. In fact, many of their boats are used for commercial applications, especially for crabbers. Therefore, anglers will enjoy the easy and soft ride of the big Breeze. I jumped the 585R off quite a few waves in the Broadwater and Seaway and I just could not faze this big rig. I even launched off a wave but it landed in a very graduated and controlled manner, with any spray or water pushed well off to the side.
The Haines Hunter 585R Breeze with 150 E-Tec is the sort of craft that anglers might well aspire to own. The finish is up to a deluxe standard and features make fishing as easy as possible. The ride, handling, and sea keeping ability make the rig absolutely ideal for offshore fishing for up to five anglers, or a family cruising up the bay.
For the full package, including a Dunbier tandem wheel super roller trailer, electronic aids and other options featured, the rig will retail for around the $68,000 mark. For less options it will come home for around $59,900.
|Engine fitted:||150hp E-Tec|