The original Signature 575F rewrote the book on compact offshore capable sportfishers. Does this reinterpreted version live up to the legend?

Haines Signature 575F

When Signature originally released its 575F around two decades ago, it immediately resonated with anglers everywhere. Compact enough to be towed behind a big family sedan or wagon, but very economical to run, even back when four-strokes were still trying to get a toehold in the Aussie market, it found a receptive fishing audience.

More than that, a slinky profile and compact cabin, capped off by a swept-back curved windscreen, meant it looked different to other fishing boats of its era. But not just a looker, it could also go toe-to-toe with the big boys beyond the horizon.

The original 575F proved versatility and fishability were not mutually exclusive, and now its successor has hit the market.

To be fair, the new 575F is the second in a series of boats based on the same platform, the first of which was the low-profile 575RF, released almost a year ago. The new model offers a significantly taller stance with more cabin volume, which should better shed breaking water.

Internally, the revised cabin affords more head height, shelter and an improved driving position. The new 575F’s fishing cockpit is similar to the 575RF and is deep and spacious, capable of fishing up to four in comfort.

We’re anxiously waiting for the call to get it out on the water and bring TrailerBoat readers the exclusive story. Stay tuned.

Material: Fibreglass
Length: 5.95m
Beam: 2.38m
Max HP: 175
Weight: 1900kg (BMT)
Fuel: 220lt
Capacity: 7

Originally published in TrailerBoat #297, July 2013

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