535BR

  • The all new 535BR has just hit the water
  • Soft, dry and stable ride. Perfect for lakes, rivers or even a quick ride across the bay to the islands
  • Loads of storage throughout the boat
  • Deep sides for safety
  • Anchor box
  • Bow lounge for an exhilarating ride
  • Only needs a single axle trailer
  • With full trim and tilt, you can pull up on the beach for a picnic and swim (not like a shaft driven boat)
  • Tows behind a standard family car
  • Ideal for tow toys like wakeboards, skis or tubes
  • 6 people
  • Signature Variable Deadrise Hull  

 

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Specifications


Moulded length with bowsprit 5.35m
Length 5.35m
Beam 2.20m
Deadrise 21-33º
Fuel 100L
Power outboard 75-150hp
Transom height 25"
Max outboard weight 240kg
Hull weight app.700kg
Towing weight app. 1450kg
BMT length 6.80m
BMT height 1.88m
BMT width 2.28m
Max people 6/540kg
Max load 760kg

Haines Signature 535BR - Redbook Review BACK


With a vast array of bow-riding trailer boats to choose from, one has to break down the attributes of each when making a comparison before shelling out the hard earned dollars. Here, the Haines Signature 535BR gets short listed. It ticks all the boxes and will rate highly amongst its competitors.

LIKES
Lounge style comfort
- Sleek looks on the water 
- Handles well in all conditions

DISLIKES
Hole shot was not ‘neck snapping’ so perhaps a change of propeller pitch to cater for towing heavy skiers might be required
- Upping the horsepower to its maximum of 150 would also be an option
- Hand rails fitted to the coamings in the bow-riding section would be an advantage

 OVERVIEW
- Award-winning style
Part of the bow riding experience is doing it in style. Looks are everything whether towing a mate on a rope or floating off a pristine beach. This boat from The Haines Group has got that and more.

It has its roots in history with the previous bow-riding models being initially the 520 then following on from that, the 530.

It is the smaller version of the 580BR which graced the dais for three Boat Of The Year Awards under the Boating Industry Association (Aust), their counterpart in New Zealand and with Modern Boating Magazine. The earlier 530BR was restricted to a maximum horsepower of 140 but with a slight revamp to the hull, the 535BR now has the capability of handling 150 horses.

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT
- Good base price and long options list
The base price for this boat is $46,108 and as tested the till rings at $56,139. As with all Haines Signature boats, the options list is long and customers can personalise their boat to a great degree depending on usage. For example, fishermen can opt for rod holders, bait preparation boards etc. Skiiers can go for the ski pole, carbon fibre-look detail packages and upgraded seating. Families might want the bimini, hydraulic steering or the lovely two-tone painwork.

The Garmin GMI 10 instrumentation is standard on the boat.

LAYOUT
- Classy and comfortable
The bow-riding section offers comfortable seating for three adults on cushioned bases. There are backrest cushions in the aft corners here while up front, one's back rests against the fibreglass cockpit liner forward to the bow. This design is quite practical as it alleviates damage to vinyl padding when people are climbing aboard or disembarking over the bow on the beach.

A small anchor locker is hatched and the usual stowage areas are found under hinged hatches beneath the seat cushions.

Entry to the bow section is via the opening central windscreen and there is no closing door or hatch below it. An optional tonneau cover over the bow section will prevent any draft coming through on cooler days when you have no one up front. It's also a good idea for storage to protect the lounges.

The windscreen is swept back giving the hull a bullet-like profile sweeping around the skipper and passenger and running well back along the coamings.

At the helm, hydraulic steering is fitted low down to give uninhibited view of the pair of Garmin GMI 10 instruments panels. Compact and functional they interface with the engine functions of the 140hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard.

A padded brow over the dash offers some shielding from the sun and looks smart to boot.

In front of the passenger, a flat-top hatch opens to a compartment that may be used for day to day items when boating or, with a bung in its bottom, it is easily turned into a small ice chest. Any water accumulated is drained through a pipe to the outside of the hull -- a very nice touch.

In the fascia above a marine stereo is fitted.

The bucket seating here is very comfortable and the upholstery is installed on full fibreglass shells on swivel posts.

In the deck between the seats a full length carpet-lined ski compartment is located and its volume was capable of holding around three to four skis or a couple of wakeboards.

The optional ski pole was mounted in the transom bulkhead with its base secured in a large angular bracket fixed to the deck below. When a single bolt is removed the pole may be lifted out. Also found here is the single cranking battery and a fuel filter mounted on the aft of the bulkhead above a small bilge fitted with a pump.

This area below the bulkhead is hidden by a curvaceous rear lounge that sits on a fibreglass base. Two barrel bolts allow the base to be removed and lifted out. Being a compartment in its own right it is ideal for stowing food or drinks in. With the cushion reinstalled it is ready-made seating for a couple of people getting sand between their toes.

A boarding platform is situated in each aft corner of the stern and that portside featured a fold down telescopic ladder.

HULL
- Longevity and strength
The bottomside of this hull features The Haines Group’s trademarked Variable Deadrise Hull which weighs in at 475kg. The stringers and deck are constructed of Ruply which is a waterproof laminated timber reputed to be of higher quality and have better water resistance than standard marine ply. The stringers are three-quatrters of an inch thick (19mm) and the deck is half an inch thick (12.5-mm).

All timberwork is fully encapsulated in fibreglass to further enhance its longevity and all topsides are clad with marine carpet.

 ON THE WATER
- Good mannered and economical
The 535BR acquitted itself well and we came away noting that it was a dry-running hull. Pushing it over chop and 47-foot cruiser wakes failed to generate any spray onto the windscreen. Although it lacked a ‘neck snapping’ hole-shot it was satisfactory and, on the plane, the motor exhibited good torque throughout the throttle range.

The hull's tight cornering ability was excellent and it tracked nicely with no noticeable side slip during tight turns.

Its ride over sloppy conditions proved to be soft and is as good as you are likely to get in a boat of this size and style.

At WOT the boat will achieve 66km/h and performance tests revealed its fuel consumption at that speed to be 81 litres per hour. Its most economical running is at 3000rpm where speed over ground is 26km/h and fuel consumption is 17.5 litres per hour. This equates to a range of 142 km on the standard 100-litre fuel tank.

At the helm the 535BR is a pleasure to drive. Nice and comfortable with no bad manners to spoil a day out on the skis or beach.

It definitely cuts it in the good-looks department and worth further investigation if shopping for a bow rider.

RATINGS
Overall rating: 4.7/5.0
Mechanical/equipment: 4.6/5.0
Packaging and practicality: 4.7/5.0
On the water Performance: 4.6/5.0
Value for money: 4.7/5.0
X-factor: 4.6/5.0

Specifications

LOA: 5.53m
Beam: 2.20m
Towing Weight: 1450kg (approx)
Weight: 475kg hull only
Engine: Suzuki DF140TX
Fuel: 100 litres
People Day: 6 to 540kg
Total payload: 740kg (people gear and fuel)

Words By Rick Huckstepp
http://www.redbook.com.au/boat-reviews/2011/bowrider/haines-signature/535-bowrider/haines-signature-535br-25911?csn_tnet=true 

Haines Signature 535BR - TradeBoats Review BACK


Signature’s stylish 535BR is the consummate entertainer, writes Kevin Smith.

 
SIGNATURE 535BR

TEST REVIEW: SIGNATURE 535BR

When I was growing up my family had a multi-purpose skiboat - an all-round family boat, about 16ft long, with a closed bow.

It was the "in thing" at the time and I distinctly recall having an awesome amount of fun on it. Yet there was always someone else with something better, and as a kid it was the latest bowriders that I really envied. They were just so cool and I would have loved the old man to have splashed out on one.

Well, it never happened. I had to wait a decade before I convinced him that a friend of mine could convert our original boat to a bowrider. The job was finally done and it transformed it into the boat I'd always envied and wanted, but sadly by that stage I was living far away, so I managed only one trip on it.

Needless to say, I wasn't surprised when a recent test of the Haines Group's new Signature 535BR reminded me of why bowriders blew my hair back in days gone by, even if today's bowrider designs are far more advanced, as a quick glance at the 535BR will confirm. With a combination of Signature's trademark sharp but flowing lines and a stylish titanium-grey colour scheme, the 535BR is a waterborne equivalent to a cabriolet sportscar.

 

 

FAMILY VALUES

 

This style of boat definitely suits those after some comfort on the water for their family and friends. The bow's wraparound seating will happily take two lounging adults, or more if its occupants are content to sit upright. In a traditional boat with a closed-in bow, you'd struggle to fit six people onboard, but with this layout you can comfortably fit two up the front, two in the cockpit and two on the seats at the stern - and you'll still have room left over for the kids.

An optional bow tonneau cover can be fitted on rough days, while other open-bow benefits include extra storage space (beneath the seats) and easy access to the anchorwell.

The cockpit has a massive wraparound screen to protect both driver and passenger. It opens through to the bow, and the screen does a good job of keeping the wind at bay while affording good vision. As the screen is hinged you can have it open or closed, while the aforementioned bow tonneau provides additional protection on foul days.

The driver or skipper has a neat console-cum-dash area with a carbonfibre look. For gauges our test model had a new digital interface linking Garmin's GMI10 to a 140hp Suzuki, displaying speed, revs and fuel usage, to name just a few. Our test model also had hydraulic steering - a must when it comes to motors of this size. It's comfortable to drive and there's heaps of room to stretch out beneath the console.

The passenger side is equally comfor-table and has plenty of protection and space, plus a stereo system and a fair-sized glovebox that also serves as an icebox. Both sides feature the titanium colour scheme, a good thing in my view as it softens the nasty glare that can result from a white dash.

Between the seats is a decent-sized, flush-mount hatch for gear or skis, while there's carpeting to the stern, full-length sidepockets (long enough to take more skis), a full-length rear lounge, plus four Tallon receivers as standard - which are nifty little inventions. Basically, they're small, flush-mounted gadgets that take interchangeable fittings like drinkholders, rodholders, baitboards, dive cylinder racks, and more. They even come in powered versions to suit lights and electronics.

The rear lounge isn't fixed; it can be completely removed to create more space, something which would definitely suit most fishos. You also get also additional storage space below. The stern section is finished off with a skipole, dual boarding platforms with full grabrails on either side of the motor, and a retractable boarding ladder.

 

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

 

On the water the 535BR has the sporty performance to match its racy looks. Fitted with a 140hp Suzuki four-stroke, the 535BR hopped onto the plane smoothly and relatively quickly. If you're more into skiing I suspect a lower-pitch prop would make it a bit perkier out of the hole. In any case, it's always handy to have two props on hand, as it's a simple procedure to change them to suit your needs.

The 535BR also has the Haines Group's "Signature Variable Deadrise Hull". This hull offers a number of benefits including excellent safety and stability, a soft and dry ride, good economy and a lower plane speed. Now that lot might sound more like a sales pitch, but actually it's all true - as taking one of these hulls for a spin will quickly prove.

Although test conditions were calm on the day, I still managed to thrash the hull into tight turns at speed and through whatever wake I could find. No matter what I did, the hull provided an exceptionally good ride and pleasing handling. When I cranked it into turns at lower speeds the hull banked inwards and held on well, while at high speeds it stayed level and smooth.

To simulate rough conditions on boat tests I do a number of figure-of-eight manoeuvres at lower speeds to create a reasonable sized wake that runs in all directions. I then run the boat out and back through the wakes at different angles and speeds. Doing so gives me a fair idea of how a hull handles in rough conditions, and when I put the 535BR through this test its ride and handling were nothing less than impressive.

Also of note is the foam-filled hull - as well as being a great safety feature, it suppresses noise and adds a little extra weight, further softening the ride.

 

 

THE WRAP

 

The Haines Signature 535BR is a nice, medium-sized, multi-purpose boat suited to dams, estuaries and bays. At 5.35m and with a towing weight of around 1450kg, you don't need a 4WD to tow it. At $48,205 for the base model - and considering its standard features and general build quality - it's also reasonably priced. Throw in a superb finish and some very smart looks, and it's one attractive package.

 

 


WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

Wind: Moderate northerly 8-10kts

 

Sea: Calm to moderate

 

 


On the plane...

 

Consistently good ride and handling

 

Great family appeal

 

Loads of space

 

Superb finish

 

 

Dragging the chain...

 

A bit slow out of the hole for skiing (easily rectified with a different prop)

 

 

 

 


Specifications: SIGNATURE 535BR

 

 

HOW MUCH?

 

Price as tested: $57,542

 

Options Fitted: Bowroller and pop-up cleat, carbonfibre dash panel, rigging of control cables and motor, skipole, hydraulic steering, stereo, Dunbier trailer with upgraded black wheels, transom step with rails and ladder, two-tone hull and deck, upgraded carbonfibre-look vinyl

 

Priced from: $48,205

 

 

GENERAL

 

Type: Deep-vee family / skiing boat

 

Material: GRP

 

Length: 5.35m (incl. bowsprit)

 

Beam: 2.2m

 

Weight (hull): Approx. 475kg

 

Weight (towing): Approx. 1450kg

 

Deadrise: Variable 21-33°

 

 

CAPACITIES

 

Fuel: 100lt

 

People: 6

 

Min HP: 75

 

Max HP: 150

 

 

ENGINE

 

Make/model: Suzuki DF140 TX

 

Type: DOHC, 16-valve, four-stroke

 

Displacement: 2044cc

 

Weight: 189kg

 

Gear ratio: 2.59:1

 

Propeller: 19in

 

 


MANUFACTURED & SUPPLIED BY

 

The Haines Group

 

140 Viking Drive

 

Wacol, Qld, 4076

 

Tel: (07) 3271 4400

 

Web: www.thehainesgroup.com

 


First published in TrailerBoat # 274

Words By Kevin Smith
http://www.tradeboats.com.au/trailerboat-reviews/boats/1111/signature-535br-review/

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Configurations

Specifications

Moulded length with bowsprit 5.35m
Length 5.35m
Beam 2.20m
Deadrise 21-33º
Fuel 100L
Power outboard 75-150hp
Transom height 25"
Max outboard weight 240kg
Hull weight app.700kg
Towing weight app. 1450kg
BMT length 6.80m
BMT height 1.88m
BMT width 2.28m
Max people 6/540kg
Max load 760kg

Haines Signature 535BR - Redbook Review BACK

With a vast array of bow-riding trailer boats to choose from, one has to break down the attributes of each when making a comparison before shelling out the hard earned dollars. Here, the Haines Signature 535BR gets short listed. It ticks all the boxes and will rate highly amongst its competitors.

LIKES
Lounge style comfort
- Sleek looks on the water 
- Handles well in all conditions

DISLIKES
Hole shot was not ‘neck snapping’ so perhaps a change of propeller pitch to cater for towing heavy skiers might be required
- Upping the horsepower to its maximum of 150 would also be an option
- Hand rails fitted to the coamings in the bow-riding section would be an advantage

 OVERVIEW
- Award-winning style
Part of the bow riding experience is doing it in style. Looks are everything whether towing a mate on a rope or floating off a pristine beach. This boat from The Haines Group has got that and more.

It has its roots in history with the previous bow-riding models being initially the 520 then following on from that, the 530.

It is the smaller version of the 580BR which graced the dais for three Boat Of The Year Awards under the Boating Industry Association (Aust), their counterpart in New Zealand and with Modern Boating Magazine. The earlier 530BR was restricted to a maximum horsepower of 140 but with a slight revamp to the hull, the 535BR now has the capability of handling 150 horses.

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT
- Good base price and long options list
The base price for this boat is $46,108 and as tested the till rings at $56,139. As with all Haines Signature boats, the options list is long and customers can personalise their boat to a great degree depending on usage. For example, fishermen can opt for rod holders, bait preparation boards etc. Skiiers can go for the ski pole, carbon fibre-look detail packages and upgraded seating. Families might want the bimini, hydraulic steering or the lovely two-tone painwork.

The Garmin GMI 10 instrumentation is standard on the boat.

LAYOUT
- Classy and comfortable
The bow-riding section offers comfortable seating for three adults on cushioned bases. There are backrest cushions in the aft corners here while up front, one's back rests against the fibreglass cockpit liner forward to the bow. This design is quite practical as it alleviates damage to vinyl padding when people are climbing aboard or disembarking over the bow on the beach.

A small anchor locker is hatched and the usual stowage areas are found under hinged hatches beneath the seat cushions.

Entry to the bow section is via the opening central windscreen and there is no closing door or hatch below it. An optional tonneau cover over the bow section will prevent any draft coming through on cooler days when you have no one up front. It's also a good idea for storage to protect the lounges.

The windscreen is swept back giving the hull a bullet-like profile sweeping around the skipper and passenger and running well back along the coamings.

At the helm, hydraulic steering is fitted low down to give uninhibited view of the pair of Garmin GMI 10 instruments panels. Compact and functional they interface with the engine functions of the 140hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard.

A padded brow over the dash offers some shielding from the sun and looks smart to boot.

In front of the passenger, a flat-top hatch opens to a compartment that may be used for day to day items when boating or, with a bung in its bottom, it is easily turned into a small ice chest. Any water accumulated is drained through a pipe to the outside of the hull -- a very nice touch.

In the fascia above a marine stereo is fitted.

The bucket seating here is very comfortable and the upholstery is installed on full fibreglass shells on swivel posts.

In the deck between the seats a full length carpet-lined ski compartment is located and its volume was capable of holding around three to four skis or a couple of wakeboards.

The optional ski pole was mounted in the transom bulkhead with its base secured in a large angular bracket fixed to the deck below. When a single bolt is removed the pole may be lifted out. Also found here is the single cranking battery and a fuel filter mounted on the aft of the bulkhead above a small bilge fitted with a pump.

This area below the bulkhead is hidden by a curvaceous rear lounge that sits on a fibreglass base. Two barrel bolts allow the base to be removed and lifted out. Being a compartment in its own right it is ideal for stowing food or drinks in. With the cushion reinstalled it is ready-made seating for a couple of people getting sand between their toes.

A boarding platform is situated in each aft corner of the stern and that portside featured a fold down telescopic ladder.

HULL
- Longevity and strength
The bottomside of this hull features The Haines Group’s trademarked Variable Deadrise Hull which weighs in at 475kg. The stringers and deck are constructed of Ruply which is a waterproof laminated timber reputed to be of higher quality and have better water resistance than standard marine ply. The stringers are three-quatrters of an inch thick (19mm) and the deck is half an inch thick (12.5-mm).

All timberwork is fully encapsulated in fibreglass to further enhance its longevity and all topsides are clad with marine carpet.

 ON THE WATER
- Good mannered and economical
The 535BR acquitted itself well and we came away noting that it was a dry-running hull. Pushing it over chop and 47-foot cruiser wakes failed to generate any spray onto the windscreen. Although it lacked a ‘neck snapping’ hole-shot it was satisfactory and, on the plane, the motor exhibited good torque throughout the throttle range.

The hull's tight cornering ability was excellent and it tracked nicely with no noticeable side slip during tight turns.

Its ride over sloppy conditions proved to be soft and is as good as you are likely to get in a boat of this size and style.

At WOT the boat will achieve 66km/h and performance tests revealed its fuel consumption at that speed to be 81 litres per hour. Its most economical running is at 3000rpm where speed over ground is 26km/h and fuel consumption is 17.5 litres per hour. This equates to a range of 142 km on the standard 100-litre fuel tank.

At the helm the 535BR is a pleasure to drive. Nice and comfortable with no bad manners to spoil a day out on the skis or beach.

It definitely cuts it in the good-looks department and worth further investigation if shopping for a bow rider.

RATINGS
Overall rating: 4.7/5.0
Mechanical/equipment: 4.6/5.0
Packaging and practicality: 4.7/5.0
On the water Performance: 4.6/5.0
Value for money: 4.7/5.0
X-factor: 4.6/5.0

Specifications

LOA: 5.53m
Beam: 2.20m
Towing Weight: 1450kg (approx)
Weight: 475kg hull only
Engine: Suzuki DF140TX
Fuel: 100 litres
People Day: 6 to 540kg
Total payload: 740kg (people gear and fuel)

Words By Rick Huckstepp
http://www.redbook.com.au/boat-reviews/2011/bowrider/haines-signature/535-bowrider/haines-signature-535br-25911?csn_tnet=true 

Haines Signature 535BR - TradeBoats Review BACK

Signature’s stylish 535BR is the consummate entertainer, writes Kevin Smith.

 
SIGNATURE 535BR

TEST REVIEW: SIGNATURE 535BR

When I was growing up my family had a multi-purpose skiboat - an all-round family boat, about 16ft long, with a closed bow.

It was the "in thing" at the time and I distinctly recall having an awesome amount of fun on it. Yet there was always someone else with something better, and as a kid it was the latest bowriders that I really envied. They were just so cool and I would have loved the old man to have splashed out on one.

Well, it never happened. I had to wait a decade before I convinced him that a friend of mine could convert our original boat to a bowrider. The job was finally done and it transformed it into the boat I'd always envied and wanted, but sadly by that stage I was living far away, so I managed only one trip on it.

Needless to say, I wasn't surprised when a recent test of the Haines Group's new Signature 535BR reminded me of why bowriders blew my hair back in days gone by, even if today's bowrider designs are far more advanced, as a quick glance at the 535BR will confirm. With a combination of Signature's trademark sharp but flowing lines and a stylish titanium-grey colour scheme, the 535BR is a waterborne equivalent to a cabriolet sportscar.

 

 

FAMILY VALUES

 

This style of boat definitely suits those after some comfort on the water for their family and friends. The bow's wraparound seating will happily take two lounging adults, or more if its occupants are content to sit upright. In a traditional boat with a closed-in bow, you'd struggle to fit six people onboard, but with this layout you can comfortably fit two up the front, two in the cockpit and two on the seats at the stern - and you'll still have room left over for the kids.

An optional bow tonneau cover can be fitted on rough days, while other open-bow benefits include extra storage space (beneath the seats) and easy access to the anchorwell.

The cockpit has a massive wraparound screen to protect both driver and passenger. It opens through to the bow, and the screen does a good job of keeping the wind at bay while affording good vision. As the screen is hinged you can have it open or closed, while the aforementioned bow tonneau provides additional protection on foul days.

The driver or skipper has a neat console-cum-dash area with a carbonfibre look. For gauges our test model had a new digital interface linking Garmin's GMI10 to a 140hp Suzuki, displaying speed, revs and fuel usage, to name just a few. Our test model also had hydraulic steering - a must when it comes to motors of this size. It's comfortable to drive and there's heaps of room to stretch out beneath the console.

The passenger side is equally comfor-table and has plenty of protection and space, plus a stereo system and a fair-sized glovebox that also serves as an icebox. Both sides feature the titanium colour scheme, a good thing in my view as it softens the nasty glare that can result from a white dash.

Between the seats is a decent-sized, flush-mount hatch for gear or skis, while there's carpeting to the stern, full-length sidepockets (long enough to take more skis), a full-length rear lounge, plus four Tallon receivers as standard - which are nifty little inventions. Basically, they're small, flush-mounted gadgets that take interchangeable fittings like drinkholders, rodholders, baitboards, dive cylinder racks, and more. They even come in powered versions to suit lights and electronics.

The rear lounge isn't fixed; it can be completely removed to create more space, something which would definitely suit most fishos. You also get also additional storage space below. The stern section is finished off with a skipole, dual boarding platforms with full grabrails on either side of the motor, and a retractable boarding ladder.

 

 

HANDLING AND RIDE

 

On the water the 535BR has the sporty performance to match its racy looks. Fitted with a 140hp Suzuki four-stroke, the 535BR hopped onto the plane smoothly and relatively quickly. If you're more into skiing I suspect a lower-pitch prop would make it a bit perkier out of the hole. In any case, it's always handy to have two props on hand, as it's a simple procedure to change them to suit your needs.

The 535BR also has the Haines Group's "Signature Variable Deadrise Hull". This hull offers a number of benefits including excellent safety and stability, a soft and dry ride, good economy and a lower plane speed. Now that lot might sound more like a sales pitch, but actually it's all true - as taking one of these hulls for a spin will quickly prove.

Although test conditions were calm on the day, I still managed to thrash the hull into tight turns at speed and through whatever wake I could find. No matter what I did, the hull provided an exceptionally good ride and pleasing handling. When I cranked it into turns at lower speeds the hull banked inwards and held on well, while at high speeds it stayed level and smooth.

To simulate rough conditions on boat tests I do a number of figure-of-eight manoeuvres at lower speeds to create a reasonable sized wake that runs in all directions. I then run the boat out and back through the wakes at different angles and speeds. Doing so gives me a fair idea of how a hull handles in rough conditions, and when I put the 535BR through this test its ride and handling were nothing less than impressive.

Also of note is the foam-filled hull - as well as being a great safety feature, it suppresses noise and adds a little extra weight, further softening the ride.

 

 

THE WRAP

 

The Haines Signature 535BR is a nice, medium-sized, multi-purpose boat suited to dams, estuaries and bays. At 5.35m and with a towing weight of around 1450kg, you don't need a 4WD to tow it. At $48,205 for the base model - and considering its standard features and general build quality - it's also reasonably priced. Throw in a superb finish and some very smart looks, and it's one attractive package.

 

 


WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

Wind: Moderate northerly 8-10kts

 

Sea: Calm to moderate

 

 


On the plane...

 

Consistently good ride and handling

 

Great family appeal

 

Loads of space

 

Superb finish

 

 

Dragging the chain...

 

A bit slow out of the hole for skiing (easily rectified with a different prop)

 

 

 

 


Specifications: SIGNATURE 535BR

 

 

HOW MUCH?

 

Price as tested: $57,542

 

Options Fitted: Bowroller and pop-up cleat, carbonfibre dash panel, rigging of control cables and motor, skipole, hydraulic steering, stereo, Dunbier trailer with upgraded black wheels, transom step with rails and ladder, two-tone hull and deck, upgraded carbonfibre-look vinyl

 

Priced from: $48,205

 

 

GENERAL

 

Type: Deep-vee family / skiing boat

 

Material: GRP

 

Length: 5.35m (incl. bowsprit)

 

Beam: 2.2m

 

Weight (hull): Approx. 475kg

 

Weight (towing): Approx. 1450kg

 

Deadrise: Variable 21-33°

 

 

CAPACITIES

 

Fuel: 100lt

 

People: 6

 

Min HP: 75

 

Max HP: 150

 

 

ENGINE

 

Make/model: Suzuki DF140 TX

 

Type: DOHC, 16-valve, four-stroke

 

Displacement: 2044cc

 

Weight: 189kg

 

Gear ratio: 2.59:1

 

Propeller: 19in

 

 


MANUFACTURED & SUPPLIED BY

 

The Haines Group

 

140 Viking Drive

 

Wacol, Qld, 4076

 

Tel: (07) 3271 4400

 

Web: www.thehainesgroup.com

 


First published in TrailerBoat # 274

Words By Kevin Smith
http://www.tradeboats.com.au/trailerboat-reviews/boats/1111/signature-535br-review/

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Upholstery colours

Signature™ boats and Nautolex are proud to be associated with the PreFixx range of maritime seat vinyls - standard on all Signature™ models. Unsurpassed cleanability and wear from a marine seating fabric, PreFixx protection offers you the latest technology to remove stains that could never be removed before. With a test proven abrasion resistance, PreFixx protected products protect you from high maintenance costs and from frequent reupholstery costs. PreFixx protected Nautolex materials - cleanable with strong, active solvents without damage.

Primary Upholstery Colours
Secondary Upholstery Colours
Stitching Colours

Trim colours

Standard Cloth Trim Colours
Upgrade Colours