Haines Hunter SF535 – Raw Boat Review

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The ride just get’s better – The Haines Hunter SF535

This boat needs no further introduction, it’s simply revolutionary since its introduction in 1987 and is arguably considered as one of New Zealand’s most successful fiberglass boats. The Haines Hunter SF535 speaks volumes, with a hand-laid fiberglass hull and Deep V 21-degree deadrise being largely credited to the success of this boat.

These two key attributes matched together create sublime handling at the helm, so you can experience the legendary soft, dry ride that Haines Hunter is renowned for. As Managing Director Lionel Sands says, “We designed the SF535 with families in mind and made the model affordable to help people get into boating and the outstanding boating lifestyle that New Zealand has to offer. Conversely, the SF535 is also popular with the not so young, who are looking to downsize into a smaller yet capable boat”.


Step on-board the cockpit to fully marine-grade carpeted floors that provide comfort and a stylish look. Classy black vinyl back-to-back seats, along with an adjustable pedestal seat at the helm are featured. The back-to-back seats allow for plenty of storage beneath, with further storage found underfloor in the center of the boat.

Gunnel storage on both the port and starboard side has rod racks intact, a place to store and safely secure your fishing rods. At the transom, you have the option of fitting a bait board or a ski pole for towing a ski biscuit.

Safe and easy anchoring can be achieved through the forehatch, which can be accessed through the cabin. Talking about the cabin, the SF535 features its iconic deep v hull, which is spacious and roomy, with enough headroom inside. Simply place the infill squab and overnighting on the SF535 is sorted for two adults, with plenty of legroom. The list of notable features simply goes on, it comes with a standard 120L stainless steel underfloor fuel tank, bilge pump, hydraulic steering at the helm, and navigation lights.


As Haines Hunter says, the ride just keeps on getting better. A true testimony to the ‘Deep V hull’ – With a precise 21* deadrise that offer the smoothest possible ride, even in choppy conditions. The longitudinal strakes create a lift so that the water sprays away from the boat, keeping you and the crew always dry.

WHAT WE THINK – Final words from Brock, Gordon & Matt 

The package we have in stock is a rare find, being a black top-side edition, with low hours, only 13 hours clocked on the more than capable Yamaha 115hp 4 stroke outboard. Charismatic styling through the tradition of artisan boat building along with craftsmanship through ‘one man, one boat’ places the SF535 on a pedestal of its own. It’s not hard to see why the Haines Hunter SF535 is immensely popular among boaties.re

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