Pack your swag for overnight voyage
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.