One of the largest legally trailerable boats in Australia is here with the release of the Haines Signature 788SF.
The flagship 788SF sets a new benchmark in the fibreglass fishing boat market – a formidable bluewater fishing machine that’s an impressive addition to the iconic, Australian-built, Haines Signature range.
Designed with the adventurous offshore sport fisher in mind, the boat is perfectly suited to tackle the open waters head on with its superior build, standout performance and seafaring capability.
With its all-black hull, 500L fuel tank, stainless steel finishes, big screen electronics and a transom rating up to 400hp (single), the 788SF is a stylish, well-equipped, serious fishing boat capable of taking on the bays and seas with confidence, whether for a day trip or weekend charter.
The prototype model on show features a centre console configuration with full composite (Thermalite) construction and is powered by two of Suzuki’s mammoth 350hp outboards.
The show model also impresses with a number of optional extras such a Roswell speaker and amplifier system with JL Audio head unit, 2 x 16” SIMRAD NSS evo3 units with StructureScan 3D transducer, WiFi and GPS, stainless steel rod holders, live bait tanks and underwater LED lights, with the wiring all easily accessible via our clever fold-down dash design.
It also possesses all the comforts of home including a full head (toilet, shower and sink) and on board fresh water (hot and cold), while providing endless comfort with fully upholstered lounge seats for up to 10 people.
To complement the twin engines, the 788SF is also equipped with a Suzuki Precision Manoeuvring joystick control system for a seamless overall driving experience.
John Haines of The Haines Group believes the legally trailerable 788SF will rival the current crop of challengers in the offshore fishing boat category.
“There’s nothing out there on the market quite like the 788SF at the moment and we feel it satisfies the needs of a number of different types of customers, but serious fishos will appreciate its sheer size and functional casting space combined with its towability and impressive performance capabilities,” said John.
“Currently, customers seeking a larger class of fishing boat have to look at the aluminium boat market as an option, so we’ve released the 788SF to cater for those who want all the bells and whistles but in a fibreglass construction, while still being able to legally tow it with a large family 4WD,” John said.
The 788F is a showstopper – a sports fisher that offers outstanding manoeuvrability and smooth handling thanks to its Signature Variable Deadrise Hull and embodies all the qualities and features expected from the Haines Signature brand.
On display for the first time at the Australian Marine Centre stand (no. 317) at the Brisbane Boat Show from 25-27 August 2017, the 788SF is priced from $149,000 for a boat, motor, trailer package (with Suzuki DF250APXX Dunbier alloy trailer and features, as standard) and is available to order now, with first deliveries expected later this year.
Download the 788SF standard features fact sheet