Pack your swag for overnight voy­age

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OME­WHERE be­tween a half-cab and a cuddy, the ProFish 625 from Haines Hunter of­fers room for overnight fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions.

Its V-berths are just long enough to stretch out on.

SThe su­perbly built boat boasts com­fort­able seat­ing for helms­man and pas­sen­ger.

Deeply padded swiv­el­ling buck­ets are stan­dard.

The cock­pit is nicely set up for off­shore fish­ing.

There’s plenty of room to move around and there would be no prob­lem throw­ing in a 200-litre ice-box for an ex­tended trip.

There’s a handy-sized, fully plumbed live bait tank in the star­board tran­som quar­ter and a tran­som gate on the port side.

Haines Hunter’s deluxe bait prepa­ra­tion ta­ble comes with a stain­less steel se­cu­rity rail and dual stain­less rod hold­ers and is eas­ily re­moved for wash­down.

The test boat was fit­ted with a smart­look­ing and func­tional bi­mini top with rocket launcher-style over­head rod rack.

One of Dean Forster’s Stress Free an­chor winches nes­tles neatly in the an­chor locker.

In fact, Haines Hunter has mod­i­fied its an­chor locker to suit the Stress Free drum, which says a lot for the qual­ity of the prod­uct.

The ProFish 625 hull is rated to carry up to 230hp and, if heavy pay­loads were the rule rather than the ex­cep­tion, opt­ing for the max­i­mum grunt would make good sense.

But for nor­mal loads the 200 Honda, as fit­ted to the test boat, is am­ple power.

As is the case across the Haines Hunter range, the ProFish 625 comes with a heap of use­ful stan­dard fea­tures as well as a long list of op­tions.

The test boat was op­tioned up with prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing needed for blue­wa­ter fish­ing.

As an­tic­i­pated, the big Honda had the 625 up and on the plane in the blink of an eye.

This is where the BLAST technology re­ally comes to the fore.

It in­volves air/fuel linked ig­ni­tion tim­ing con­trol, which cer­tainly pro­vides im­proved hole-shot per­for­mance.

With three on board and near-calm con­di­tions, the Haines was pushed to about 46 knots at 5900rpm at wide-open throt­tle.

Cruise speed of 26 knots was achieved at a very eco­nom­i­cal 3600rpm and at 20 knots we were down be­low 3000rpm.

As with most of the other new gen­er­a­tion Haines Hunters I’ve driven lately, the 625 cor­ners as if it’s on rails.

With the Honda tucked well in, I was able to throw it into lock-to-lock turns at 30 knots with­out even hav­ing to think about it. It’s a very re­spon­sive hull. As a bare-bones pack­age it’s ready to head off­shore to chase pelagic species, or op­tion it up.


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