602F

  • NOW AVAILABLE with Enclosed Hard Top. Fitted with glass windscreen and built tough for all weather conditions
  • Great offshore fisher that converts to a family cruiser, this boat can do it all!
  • Big enough to overnight in
  • Long bunks for a comfy sleep
  • Walk around deck for easy access to bow
  • Large cockpit space
  • Plenty of storage: in cabin, moulded side pockets and in cockpit for rods, gaffs and tackle
  • Transom door – makes it really easy to board after swimming
  • Optional side door
  • Large dash area for the big screen electronics
  • Easy launch and retrieve
  • Tows behind a typical 6-cylinder family sedan
  • Fully moulded Nexus liner 
  • 7 people
  • Signature Variable Deadrise Hull

 

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Mouled length with bowsprit 6.25m
Length 5.95m
Beam 2.43m
Deadrise 21−33°
Fuel 180L
Water 38L option
Berths 2
Power outboard 115-200HP
Transom height 25"
Max outboard weight 270kg
Hull weight approx. 1,130kg
Towing weight approx. 1,960kg
BMT length approx. 7.54m
BMT height approx. 2.46m
BMT width approx. 2.43m
Max people 7/630kg
Max load 900kg

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The Signature brand has been around for a long while now; the clean lines combined with the rounded edges give Signature boats their unique look.

The 602F takes over from the previous 600F, which was and still is a very popular boat, the 602 however has had a few modifications to make the boat even better than before.

Hull

One thing that Signature boats do extremely well is design and build a hull for plenty of different uses. Signature hulls feature a spacious back area for fishing through to a well thought out cabin that gets you out of the weather. Combine this with a bunk area that is plenty big enough to really lie down and have a good night’s sleep and you have a boat that really appeals to the family who enjoys their boating.

On the water

On the water the hull sat well with the 175hp Suzuki on the back of the boat; it was here that some of the features of the boat stood out.

At the stern the rear steps, transom door and easily accessible ski rope hooks made it a very useable boat for anything from swimming to water-skiing or wake boarding.

The rear starboard corner housed a big live bait tank that would be perfect for storing live bait or a decent bag of fish such as whiting.

Around the gunwales there were several stainless steel rod holders and a well-built, removable stainless steel bait board made by TK Marine. Whether you plan to use the boat for fishing or not it is well worth getting a bait board like this, from blocks of pilchards to plates of cheese and biscuits, they make the best things in the world for sitting stuff on – just make sure you clean the pillies off before doing lunch!

Inside the boat across the transom is a neat foldaway rear seat that can easily accommodate two people. With the seat folded out it also allows easy access to the batteries.

Along the gunwales I really like the way the Signature crew has made maximum use of the side pocket storage with multiple recessed shelving to offer maximum storage space for all those thousands of bits we all try to (and need to) store in the side pockets for easy access. The port side rear pocket also housed the deck wash, which sits neatly out of the way when not in use.

In the floor there is a large kill tank along with an icebox to store food and drinks. It’s a small detail but one I rate very highly in boats, as the ice box and kill tanks do away with the need for coolers to hold drinks and fish, ultimately giving you more space in the boat. The foam filled floor also acts as insulation on the iceboxes, making the ice last longer.

The underfloor fuel tank in the 602F is larger than the previous 600F model, with this one holding 150L of fuel, which, when combined with the efficiency of the 4 stroke Suzuki, should allow you to go to the end of the earth and back.

Cabin layout

Up in the cabin the layout is all about comfort, with the seats positioned so you can comfortably drive all day while being seated. This comes about through the dash layout, which has been modified along the lines of the larger 675F Signature, offering more space and a windscreen height that is perfectly suited so you look comfortably through it at all times. The seats themselves are a comfortable bucket style that held you in the nice and firm.

With the dash layout, the gauges all sit in the right spots with a big section that could easily accommodate a big sounder/GPS combo or even two smaller units.

On the passenger’s side there is a large, properly sealed glove box as well as plenty more useable dash space. Adding to this there is more storage in the smaller side pockets located next to the passenger seat

Access to the bunk area is easy through a large step down entry that seems even bigger when you are inside. There is also the option of a lockable cabin door. The bunks are long enough to have a good night’s sleep, and with the new larger side windows it lets more light in the cabin, making it just that bit more comfortable. Under the bunks there is also plenty of storage room. Last, (but certainly not least) there is also the standard feature of a toilet, which I am sure is going to appeal to the whole family.

Access to the bow

Access to the bow is easy when going through the front hatch and offers direct access to the anchor well with the front hatch and anchor hatch being combined into one. The anchor well has also been designed to fit an electric winch in it, which is sure to save a lot of hassle, making the day on the water just that bit more enjoyable.

The finishing touches to the boat include a stainless steel rocket launcher that looked great with the tubing bent to follow the sleek rounded look of the boat, the Targa top and clears are of A1 quality, with the whole canopy and launcher being rock solid.

On The Water

Out on the bay it was a long way off being rough, but saying that it enabled us to get some accurate speed readings, along with showing what the hull is made of in high speed turns and general performance.

The Signature’s variable deadrise is 21at the keel, which then flares out to 33. This gives the hull a great ride when pushing into any chop; on the test day this was made by cutting through our own wake. Combining the hull’s deadrise with a flat planing plank along the hull it helped to keep the boat planing at lower speeds. In fact it was hard to get a true point at where the boat popped onto the plane, as it seemed to be on the plane from the slowest of speeds, with no sign of the rear of the boat bogging in before popping out of the hole.

The sharp entry of the hull also gives the 602F its wave slicing ability and even when cutting through a few waves that you thought would create a bit of a thump, the hull sliced them in half.

As far as hole shot went the 602F is like a race car when given a boot full from a stand still position, with the boat reaching a top speed of 80km/h at 6000rpm in no time flat.

Running a 21x15 stainless prop on the Suzuki, the boat performed perfectly in all situations, with no major cavitations when thrown into full lock turns and good performance through the rev range. This propeller on the boat had it responding very well to trim with the boats performance able to be adjusted accordingly to suit the situations at hand.

So whether you are a hard core fisho that likes some comfort or need a boat that will cater for the family as well as your ‘other’ obsession, this boat could well be for you. Log onto www.haines-marine.com.au to locate your nearest dealer and for more information on the entire Signature range.

Facts

Speed to revs

3000rpm:22km/h
4000rpm: 38 km/h
5000rpm: 55 km/h
6000rpm: 80 km/h

 

 

Facts

Specifications

Length:6.25m
Beam: 2.43m
Deadrise: 12-33 degrees
Fuel: 150L underfloor
Maximum Hp: 175
Hull Weight: 850kg
BMT weight: 1700kg
Price as Tested: $74,451

 

 

Words By Lee Rayner
http://www.fishingmonthly.com.au/Articles/Display/8729-Signature-602F 

Haines Signature 602F - Trade Boat Reveiw BACK


The new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop is loaded with thoughtful features that will see it appeal to boaters of all stripes.

NEW BOATS: SIGNATURE 602F ENCLOSED HARDTOP
The new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop from the Haines Group. The fact that it can pack 11 rodholders suggests it might be aimed at anglers...

There are hardtops and there are hardtops, and the new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop from the Haines Group definitely fits into the latter category.

With brilliant visibility, opening side windows (a feature many boat designers fail to consider) and top ventilation to help eliminate spray created by the vortex behind the cabin, all within a purpose-built enclosed hardtop, this new rig has all kinds of bases covered.

Potentially the first in a coming series of enclosed hardtop rigs from Signature, the 602F is also designed for a few extras, with plenty of room for electronics inside the hardtop, as well as space for mounting speakers and overhead lighting. The boat is also a great one for the fishos and can handle up to 11 rod holders. It’s also got exterior side grab-rails for easy access to the bow.

With a sexy streamlined design and a solid glass windscreen (capable of running a wiper), Signature’s 602F Enclosed Hardtop is one for the boat lover looking for an all-round rig that still looks good on the water. Of course, we all fit that bill here at TrailerBoat, so you can be sure someone will be taking one of these babies out for a full test in the near future. Keep an eye out.

SIGNATURE 602F ENCLOSED SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 5.95m
Beam: 2.43m 
Weight: 1130kg (approx.) 
Fuel: 270L 
Deadrise: 21-33° 
Capacity: 2

Originally published in TrailerBoat #298, August/September 2013

Words Supplied by www.tradeboats.com.au

http://www.tradeboats.com.au/trailerboat-news/boating/1311/signature-602f-enclosed-hardtop/

Haines Signature 602F - Bluewater Magazine BACK


The Haines Signature 602F is about as small a boat as could be considered a serious bluewater gamefishing vessel. A day aboard, chasing southern Queensland’s annual run of small black marlin some 20 nautical miles off the Gold Coast, convinced Warren Steptoe that this pocket rocket certainly makes the grade.

 

The 602F is only 20-odd feet long, and in bluewater fishing terms, common sense obviously imposes limits for a boat of that length. I’m happy to report, however, that within those limits, the 602F punches well above its weight. The biggest thing the boat has going for it is its world-class hull design, a Haines Group exclusive and a product of the late John Haines’s fertile mind. The Haines Group’s Signature Variable Deadrise Hull (SVDH) design is arguably the most significant small-boat hull design to come out of Australia in a generation. At the bows, SVDH features a heavy flare above a fine, chop-slicing 33° deadrise. At the transom, the deadrise has morphed into a still steep 21°, which isn’t at all unusual among ‘deep-vee’ small-boat hulls.

 

What is unusual is how the sophisticated bottom shape of an SVDH hull somehow manages to maintain all the desirable characteristics a steep deadrise gains, without falling foul of the inherent negatives many deepvee hulls exhibit. These include scary downsides, like broaching as the hull crunches down into the trough after descending a big swell, and annoying downsides, such as ‘flopping’ from one side to the other at speed or at rest. Then there’s the jarring ride when chop coming from that awkward three-quarterson- to-the-bows angle crashes into wide chines used to stabilise the flopping. That’s not to mention the way deep-vee hulls usually need a lot of power to hold all the wetted area in that steep deadrise on the plane, burning inordinate amounts of fuel at the same time. They tend to not plane at all until relatively high speeds are reached, literally dragging their backsides and consuming even more fuel. Well, there’s none of any of that in an SVDH hull. John Haines was an offshore powerboat racer of some note in his younger days, a mad keen fisherman all his life, and leader and innovator enough in the Australian boating industry to earn an OAM ... and create a world-class hull design. OUT THROUGH THE BAR When we fronted the Gold Coast Seaway in the 602F, a big run-out tide meeting an incoming swell was producing some nasty-looking, steep-sided lumps and bumps. The 602F cruised through comfortably enough, planing effortlessly at the low speeds imposed by the pressure waves as we picked our way across the entrance. Once clear of the bar and with the hammer down, it tracked like the proverbial arrow. The helmsman casually steered with one hand as he set a course for Spot X on the GPS, while the hull coped with sea and swell with no fuss at all. Nearly there, we slowed to six or seven knots while the crew set out a pattern of skirted lures. Remarkably, the hull stayed cleanly on the plane even at that speed. Digital Garmin GMI 10 instrumentation on our test boat, integrated with telemetry from the 175 Suzuki out back, showed lure trolling was burning between 13 and 14L/ hour or, by pushing a button or two, 1.3L/km at 2700-2800rpm. Some other performance figures of interest on our way offshore included an even more impressive fuel consumption of 27L/hour while cruising at 24 knots and 4300rpm. Put another way, that’s 0.6L of fuel consumed for every kilometre travelled. Back inside the Seaway late that afternoon the taps were opened all the way and the 602F achieved 37.7 knots at 6000rpm. Fuel consumption at wide-open throttle (WOT) doesn’t bear thinking about and is largely irrelevant anyway. Who runs a fishing boat flat strap? Still, these aren’t the kind of performance and fuel consumption figures many bluewater sportfishing boats can boast! GOING FISHING You may by now have figured our test day included some fishing. Which brings us to what I liked most of all about the 602F – it’s been designed by people who get out on the water and do exactly what you and I do ... fish! John Haines, ‘Hainesy’ to one and all in the Australian boating industry, sadly passed on last year leaving the Haines Group (who also build Haines Traveler boats and import and distribute Suzuki outboards in Australia) in the capable hands of his sons, Greg and John Jr. Greg is the keener fisherman, and in fact the rather juicy array of rods and reels used as props in our photo spread were nearly all Greg’s. Greg ended up driving our camera boat, and when I turned up at the ramp our three ‘models’ – a Haines Group staffer, one of their subcontractors and a mate – were busily loading tackle and gear ... so much tackle and gear that your humble correspondent was banished to the camera boat with Greg. Off we went until far enough offshore for our (so-called) models to set up and troll skirts around for an hour or so, before positioning themselves above a big show of bait and dropping bait jigs. With nothing better to do, Greg and I were pressed into service on some spare bait rods and jigs.

During the pause, Greg enthused about a recent trip out to Lady Musgrave Island on the slightly longer 620F for a television film shoot the crew had done. Apparently, the weather going out was the stuff of dreams, flat and oily calm. Heading home several days later, conditions had deteriorated dramatically, with wind speeds up around 30 knots and the rough water that goes with them. Greg’s point was that F-designated Signature boats work well when the going gets rough and when the lines are in the water. You can make what you will of his comment that ‘any other six-metre boat would have had to wait the weather out in Lady Musgrave lagoon’. INTERNAL FITOUT I changed boats to shoot some interiors, only to find we had to unload one of the models into the camera boat to make room. These three had enough gear aboard to stock a medium-sized tackle store (sound like anybody you know?), and if the boat looks about as cluttered as the average small bluewater fishing boat gets during an average day’s fishing, I suppose it was. Three people seems a comfortable limit on any 6m boat while it’s fishing, although family days out are a little different and the 602F is rated to a maximum of seven. For fishing, three aboard this boat works best when one of them works the helm while the other two occupy the cockpit. Family boating is an important alternative for most boats of this size and the 602F caters well for it, with a boarding ladder and transom door. The comfortably upholstered standard fitment aft lounge cleverly stows away against the aft bulkhead to maintain cockpit space when fishing. A toilet hidden away under the bunks is a standard item too, although an infill to make sleeping space for two is optional. About the only other options a fishing/boating family might need are an electric anchor winch and the GME GR9020 stereo system, neither of which had been fitted to the boat seen here. It had, however, been optioned with a lockable cabin door. It’s a great design feature that “John Haines was a leader and innovator enough to earn an OAM ... and create a world-class hull design.” Below left: A large icebox can be secured beneath the passenger seat’s frame, and the dash provides easy viewing and operation of the instrumentation. Below: With its transom door for easy access, an unobtrusive livebait well, its recessed, fold-away bench seat and a handy bait station, this cockpit is very functional despite the boat’s small size.

 

the door can easily be lifted off and left at home to save space when out on the water. For fishing, our test boat had quite a comprehensive list of options. Notably, these included the workstation you see perched on the 602F’s transom. This is practically a work of art in itself, with a lure rack and drink, pliers and knife-holders, along with a small sink beneath a secondary work surface. It also racks three rods. The workstation is an upgraded design for Haines Boats and a new addition to their line of extras. Haines’ onwater experience at work here, yet again. A livewell in the starboard side of the aft bulkhead is standard, but needs optional plumbing if you want to keep bait alive. On our test it kept a heap of yellowtail and the very few slimy mackerel we could catch on the day alive and healthy. The optional deck-wash pump is separate from the livewell plumbing. The helm and passenger seats mounted on stainless steel frames (with space for tackle and ice boxes underneath) are options I’d find it hard to live without. The same can be said about the targa bar, Bimini top and clears on our test boat. Trim tabs make a 602F used regularly at sea a better boat, along with a neat, stainless-steel windscreen grabrail. During the test we had a total of nine rods distributed between the targa rocket launcher and workstation. There were a further four side-deck rod holders, plus racks along each side of the cockpit for additional rods, gaffs, tag poles and so on. A pair of optional 5.5m Reelax outriggers complete the armoury for a well-equipped day’s fishing. A Garmin 5012 chart-plotter/GPS/sounder unit took pride of place in the carbon-fibre dash. Give the Haines Group designers bonus points for providing a dash capable of flush-mounting bulky units like the Garmin. There might be lots of bluewater fishing grounds this boat is capable of fishing, but you’d be doing it hard on all of them without up-to-date fishfinding and navigation electronics. A BLUEWATER SPORTFISHER The 602F proved – albeit with several ‘must have’ options fitted – to be quite a complete package. The boat is as much at home fishing as on the kind of family boating duty normally expected from Australian-built cuddy-cabin boats. The fishing/family boat niche the 602F fits so neatly is highly developed in this country, with several fine 6m boats available, but this boat stands out among the crowd due to the rough-water potential of its SVDH. This is as small a boat as can be considered a serious bluewater fishing boat here in the Antipodes. The good news for anyone who might prefer something bigger is that Haines Signature also offer similar boats in 632, 675, and 702 models (translating to 6.3, 6.7 and 7m hulls in round figures.) I’ve spent a lot of time in the 675F in particular and am completely comfortable saying that, like the 602F tested here, as pocket-rocket bluewater sportfishers go, the 675F is something special. To be fair, you’d have to say it’s a better all-round bluewater gamefishing boat than the 602F. Then again that’s precisely what you’d expect from a similar boat almost a metre longer, and this comparison in no way detracts from the excellence of the 602F when compared with competitors the same size.

 

Words By Warren Steptoe.

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Specifications

Mouled length with bowsprit 6.25m
Length 5.95m
Beam 2.43m
Deadrise 21−33°
Fuel 180L
Water 38L option
Berths 2
Power outboard 115-200HP
Transom height 25"
Max outboard weight 270kg
Hull weight approx. 1,130kg
Towing weight approx. 1,960kg
BMT length approx. 7.54m
BMT height approx. 2.46m
BMT width approx. 2.43m
Max people 7/630kg
Max load 900kg

Haines Signature 602F - Fishing Monthly Group BACK

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The Signature brand has been around for a long while now; the clean lines combined with the rounded edges give Signature boats their unique look.

The 602F takes over from the previous 600F, which was and still is a very popular boat, the 602 however has had a few modifications to make the boat even better than before.

Hull

One thing that Signature boats do extremely well is design and build a hull for plenty of different uses. Signature hulls feature a spacious back area for fishing through to a well thought out cabin that gets you out of the weather. Combine this with a bunk area that is plenty big enough to really lie down and have a good night’s sleep and you have a boat that really appeals to the family who enjoys their boating.

On the water

On the water the hull sat well with the 175hp Suzuki on the back of the boat; it was here that some of the features of the boat stood out.

At the stern the rear steps, transom door and easily accessible ski rope hooks made it a very useable boat for anything from swimming to water-skiing or wake boarding.

The rear starboard corner housed a big live bait tank that would be perfect for storing live bait or a decent bag of fish such as whiting.

Around the gunwales there were several stainless steel rod holders and a well-built, removable stainless steel bait board made by TK Marine. Whether you plan to use the boat for fishing or not it is well worth getting a bait board like this, from blocks of pilchards to plates of cheese and biscuits, they make the best things in the world for sitting stuff on – just make sure you clean the pillies off before doing lunch!

Inside the boat across the transom is a neat foldaway rear seat that can easily accommodate two people. With the seat folded out it also allows easy access to the batteries.

Along the gunwales I really like the way the Signature crew has made maximum use of the side pocket storage with multiple recessed shelving to offer maximum storage space for all those thousands of bits we all try to (and need to) store in the side pockets for easy access. The port side rear pocket also housed the deck wash, which sits neatly out of the way when not in use.

In the floor there is a large kill tank along with an icebox to store food and drinks. It’s a small detail but one I rate very highly in boats, as the ice box and kill tanks do away with the need for coolers to hold drinks and fish, ultimately giving you more space in the boat. The foam filled floor also acts as insulation on the iceboxes, making the ice last longer.

The underfloor fuel tank in the 602F is larger than the previous 600F model, with this one holding 150L of fuel, which, when combined with the efficiency of the 4 stroke Suzuki, should allow you to go to the end of the earth and back.

Cabin layout

Up in the cabin the layout is all about comfort, with the seats positioned so you can comfortably drive all day while being seated. This comes about through the dash layout, which has been modified along the lines of the larger 675F Signature, offering more space and a windscreen height that is perfectly suited so you look comfortably through it at all times. The seats themselves are a comfortable bucket style that held you in the nice and firm.

With the dash layout, the gauges all sit in the right spots with a big section that could easily accommodate a big sounder/GPS combo or even two smaller units.

On the passenger’s side there is a large, properly sealed glove box as well as plenty more useable dash space. Adding to this there is more storage in the smaller side pockets located next to the passenger seat

Access to the bunk area is easy through a large step down entry that seems even bigger when you are inside. There is also the option of a lockable cabin door. The bunks are long enough to have a good night’s sleep, and with the new larger side windows it lets more light in the cabin, making it just that bit more comfortable. Under the bunks there is also plenty of storage room. Last, (but certainly not least) there is also the standard feature of a toilet, which I am sure is going to appeal to the whole family.

Access to the bow

Access to the bow is easy when going through the front hatch and offers direct access to the anchor well with the front hatch and anchor hatch being combined into one. The anchor well has also been designed to fit an electric winch in it, which is sure to save a lot of hassle, making the day on the water just that bit more enjoyable.

The finishing touches to the boat include a stainless steel rocket launcher that looked great with the tubing bent to follow the sleek rounded look of the boat, the Targa top and clears are of A1 quality, with the whole canopy and launcher being rock solid.

On The Water

Out on the bay it was a long way off being rough, but saying that it enabled us to get some accurate speed readings, along with showing what the hull is made of in high speed turns and general performance.

The Signature’s variable deadrise is 21at the keel, which then flares out to 33. This gives the hull a great ride when pushing into any chop; on the test day this was made by cutting through our own wake. Combining the hull’s deadrise with a flat planing plank along the hull it helped to keep the boat planing at lower speeds. In fact it was hard to get a true point at where the boat popped onto the plane, as it seemed to be on the plane from the slowest of speeds, with no sign of the rear of the boat bogging in before popping out of the hole.

The sharp entry of the hull also gives the 602F its wave slicing ability and even when cutting through a few waves that you thought would create a bit of a thump, the hull sliced them in half.

As far as hole shot went the 602F is like a race car when given a boot full from a stand still position, with the boat reaching a top speed of 80km/h at 6000rpm in no time flat.

Running a 21x15 stainless prop on the Suzuki, the boat performed perfectly in all situations, with no major cavitations when thrown into full lock turns and good performance through the rev range. This propeller on the boat had it responding very well to trim with the boats performance able to be adjusted accordingly to suit the situations at hand.

So whether you are a hard core fisho that likes some comfort or need a boat that will cater for the family as well as your ‘other’ obsession, this boat could well be for you. Log onto www.haines-marine.com.au to locate your nearest dealer and for more information on the entire Signature range.

Facts

Speed to revs

3000rpm:22km/h
4000rpm: 38 km/h
5000rpm: 55 km/h
6000rpm: 80 km/h

 

 

Facts

Specifications

Length:6.25m
Beam: 2.43m
Deadrise: 12-33 degrees
Fuel: 150L underfloor
Maximum Hp: 175
Hull Weight: 850kg
BMT weight: 1700kg
Price as Tested: $74,451

 

 

Words By Lee Rayner
http://www.fishingmonthly.com.au/Articles/Display/8729-Signature-602F 

Haines Signature 602F - Trade Boat Reveiw BACK

The new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop is loaded with thoughtful features that will see it appeal to boaters of all stripes.

NEW BOATS: SIGNATURE 602F ENCLOSED HARDTOP
The new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop from the Haines Group. The fact that it can pack 11 rodholders suggests it might be aimed at anglers...

There are hardtops and there are hardtops, and the new Signature 602F Enclosed Hardtop from the Haines Group definitely fits into the latter category.

With brilliant visibility, opening side windows (a feature many boat designers fail to consider) and top ventilation to help eliminate spray created by the vortex behind the cabin, all within a purpose-built enclosed hardtop, this new rig has all kinds of bases covered.

Potentially the first in a coming series of enclosed hardtop rigs from Signature, the 602F is also designed for a few extras, with plenty of room for electronics inside the hardtop, as well as space for mounting speakers and overhead lighting. The boat is also a great one for the fishos and can handle up to 11 rod holders. It’s also got exterior side grab-rails for easy access to the bow.

With a sexy streamlined design and a solid glass windscreen (capable of running a wiper), Signature’s 602F Enclosed Hardtop is one for the boat lover looking for an all-round rig that still looks good on the water. Of course, we all fit that bill here at TrailerBoat, so you can be sure someone will be taking one of these babies out for a full test in the near future. Keep an eye out.

SIGNATURE 602F ENCLOSED SPECIFICATIONS
Length: 5.95m
Beam: 2.43m 
Weight: 1130kg (approx.) 
Fuel: 270L 
Deadrise: 21-33° 
Capacity: 2

Originally published in TrailerBoat #298, August/September 2013

Words Supplied by www.tradeboats.com.au

http://www.tradeboats.com.au/trailerboat-news/boating/1311/signature-602f-enclosed-hardtop/

Haines Signature 602F - Bluewater Magazine BACK

The Haines Signature 602F is about as small a boat as could be considered a serious bluewater gamefishing vessel. A day aboard, chasing southern Queensland’s annual run of small black marlin some 20 nautical miles off the Gold Coast, convinced Warren Steptoe that this pocket rocket certainly makes the grade.

 

The 602F is only 20-odd feet long, and in bluewater fishing terms, common sense obviously imposes limits for a boat of that length. I’m happy to report, however, that within those limits, the 602F punches well above its weight. The biggest thing the boat has going for it is its world-class hull design, a Haines Group exclusive and a product of the late John Haines’s fertile mind. The Haines Group’s Signature Variable Deadrise Hull (SVDH) design is arguably the most significant small-boat hull design to come out of Australia in a generation. At the bows, SVDH features a heavy flare above a fine, chop-slicing 33° deadrise. At the transom, the deadrise has morphed into a still steep 21°, which isn’t at all unusual among ‘deep-vee’ small-boat hulls.

 

What is unusual is how the sophisticated bottom shape of an SVDH hull somehow manages to maintain all the desirable characteristics a steep deadrise gains, without falling foul of the inherent negatives many deepvee hulls exhibit. These include scary downsides, like broaching as the hull crunches down into the trough after descending a big swell, and annoying downsides, such as ‘flopping’ from one side to the other at speed or at rest. Then there’s the jarring ride when chop coming from that awkward three-quarterson- to-the-bows angle crashes into wide chines used to stabilise the flopping. That’s not to mention the way deep-vee hulls usually need a lot of power to hold all the wetted area in that steep deadrise on the plane, burning inordinate amounts of fuel at the same time. They tend to not plane at all until relatively high speeds are reached, literally dragging their backsides and consuming even more fuel. Well, there’s none of any of that in an SVDH hull. John Haines was an offshore powerboat racer of some note in his younger days, a mad keen fisherman all his life, and leader and innovator enough in the Australian boating industry to earn an OAM ... and create a world-class hull design. OUT THROUGH THE BAR When we fronted the Gold Coast Seaway in the 602F, a big run-out tide meeting an incoming swell was producing some nasty-looking, steep-sided lumps and bumps. The 602F cruised through comfortably enough, planing effortlessly at the low speeds imposed by the pressure waves as we picked our way across the entrance. Once clear of the bar and with the hammer down, it tracked like the proverbial arrow. The helmsman casually steered with one hand as he set a course for Spot X on the GPS, while the hull coped with sea and swell with no fuss at all. Nearly there, we slowed to six or seven knots while the crew set out a pattern of skirted lures. Remarkably, the hull stayed cleanly on the plane even at that speed. Digital Garmin GMI 10 instrumentation on our test boat, integrated with telemetry from the 175 Suzuki out back, showed lure trolling was burning between 13 and 14L/ hour or, by pushing a button or two, 1.3L/km at 2700-2800rpm. Some other performance figures of interest on our way offshore included an even more impressive fuel consumption of 27L/hour while cruising at 24 knots and 4300rpm. Put another way, that’s 0.6L of fuel consumed for every kilometre travelled. Back inside the Seaway late that afternoon the taps were opened all the way and the 602F achieved 37.7 knots at 6000rpm. Fuel consumption at wide-open throttle (WOT) doesn’t bear thinking about and is largely irrelevant anyway. Who runs a fishing boat flat strap? Still, these aren’t the kind of performance and fuel consumption figures many bluewater sportfishing boats can boast! GOING FISHING You may by now have figured our test day included some fishing. Which brings us to what I liked most of all about the 602F – it’s been designed by people who get out on the water and do exactly what you and I do ... fish! John Haines, ‘Hainesy’ to one and all in the Australian boating industry, sadly passed on last year leaving the Haines Group (who also build Haines Traveler boats and import and distribute Suzuki outboards in Australia) in the capable hands of his sons, Greg and John Jr. Greg is the keener fisherman, and in fact the rather juicy array of rods and reels used as props in our photo spread were nearly all Greg’s. Greg ended up driving our camera boat, and when I turned up at the ramp our three ‘models’ – a Haines Group staffer, one of their subcontractors and a mate – were busily loading tackle and gear ... so much tackle and gear that your humble correspondent was banished to the camera boat with Greg. Off we went until far enough offshore for our (so-called) models to set up and troll skirts around for an hour or so, before positioning themselves above a big show of bait and dropping bait jigs. With nothing better to do, Greg and I were pressed into service on some spare bait rods and jigs.

During the pause, Greg enthused about a recent trip out to Lady Musgrave Island on the slightly longer 620F for a television film shoot the crew had done. Apparently, the weather going out was the stuff of dreams, flat and oily calm. Heading home several days later, conditions had deteriorated dramatically, with wind speeds up around 30 knots and the rough water that goes with them. Greg’s point was that F-designated Signature boats work well when the going gets rough and when the lines are in the water. You can make what you will of his comment that ‘any other six-metre boat would have had to wait the weather out in Lady Musgrave lagoon’. INTERNAL FITOUT I changed boats to shoot some interiors, only to find we had to unload one of the models into the camera boat to make room. These three had enough gear aboard to stock a medium-sized tackle store (sound like anybody you know?), and if the boat looks about as cluttered as the average small bluewater fishing boat gets during an average day’s fishing, I suppose it was. Three people seems a comfortable limit on any 6m boat while it’s fishing, although family days out are a little different and the 602F is rated to a maximum of seven. For fishing, three aboard this boat works best when one of them works the helm while the other two occupy the cockpit. Family boating is an important alternative for most boats of this size and the 602F caters well for it, with a boarding ladder and transom door. The comfortably upholstered standard fitment aft lounge cleverly stows away against the aft bulkhead to maintain cockpit space when fishing. A toilet hidden away under the bunks is a standard item too, although an infill to make sleeping space for two is optional. About the only other options a fishing/boating family might need are an electric anchor winch and the GME GR9020 stereo system, neither of which had been fitted to the boat seen here. It had, however, been optioned with a lockable cabin door. It’s a great design feature that “John Haines was a leader and innovator enough to earn an OAM ... and create a world-class hull design.” Below left: A large icebox can be secured beneath the passenger seat’s frame, and the dash provides easy viewing and operation of the instrumentation. Below: With its transom door for easy access, an unobtrusive livebait well, its recessed, fold-away bench seat and a handy bait station, this cockpit is very functional despite the boat’s small size.

 

the door can easily be lifted off and left at home to save space when out on the water. For fishing, our test boat had quite a comprehensive list of options. Notably, these included the workstation you see perched on the 602F’s transom. This is practically a work of art in itself, with a lure rack and drink, pliers and knife-holders, along with a small sink beneath a secondary work surface. It also racks three rods. The workstation is an upgraded design for Haines Boats and a new addition to their line of extras. Haines’ onwater experience at work here, yet again. A livewell in the starboard side of the aft bulkhead is standard, but needs optional plumbing if you want to keep bait alive. On our test it kept a heap of yellowtail and the very few slimy mackerel we could catch on the day alive and healthy. The optional deck-wash pump is separate from the livewell plumbing. The helm and passenger seats mounted on stainless steel frames (with space for tackle and ice boxes underneath) are options I’d find it hard to live without. The same can be said about the targa bar, Bimini top and clears on our test boat. Trim tabs make a 602F used regularly at sea a better boat, along with a neat, stainless-steel windscreen grabrail. During the test we had a total of nine rods distributed between the targa rocket launcher and workstation. There were a further four side-deck rod holders, plus racks along each side of the cockpit for additional rods, gaffs, tag poles and so on. A pair of optional 5.5m Reelax outriggers complete the armoury for a well-equipped day’s fishing. A Garmin 5012 chart-plotter/GPS/sounder unit took pride of place in the carbon-fibre dash. Give the Haines Group designers bonus points for providing a dash capable of flush-mounting bulky units like the Garmin. There might be lots of bluewater fishing grounds this boat is capable of fishing, but you’d be doing it hard on all of them without up-to-date fishfinding and navigation electronics. A BLUEWATER SPORTFISHER The 602F proved – albeit with several ‘must have’ options fitted – to be quite a complete package. The boat is as much at home fishing as on the kind of family boating duty normally expected from Australian-built cuddy-cabin boats. The fishing/family boat niche the 602F fits so neatly is highly developed in this country, with several fine 6m boats available, but this boat stands out among the crowd due to the rough-water potential of its SVDH. This is as small a boat as can be considered a serious bluewater fishing boat here in the Antipodes. The good news for anyone who might prefer something bigger is that Haines Signature also offer similar boats in 632, 675, and 702 models (translating to 6.3, 6.7 and 7m hulls in round figures.) I’ve spent a lot of time in the 675F in particular and am completely comfortable saying that, like the 602F tested here, as pocket-rocket bluewater sportfishers go, the 675F is something special. To be fair, you’d have to say it’s a better all-round bluewater gamefishing boat than the 602F. Then again that’s precisely what you’d expect from a similar boat almost a metre longer, and this comparison in no way detracts from the excellence of the 602F when compared with competitors the same size.

 

Words By Warren Steptoe.

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