October 22, 2010

New Model: Haines 400

Haines is a UK builder mostly known at home who specialize on British looking motor cruisers. This Norfolk based boat builder recently launched its latest flagship model the 400 which was presented the past July, and made its official debut during the Southampton 2010 show. Although I found about them only recently, Haines has been in business for thirty years since 1980, and is good to see a company still believing in improving and taking to the future a British looking design. The new Haines 40o is as any pure British cruiser a forty feet aft cabin motor cruiser with a superstructure design by Justin Haines. Having contemporary British looks with proven sea keeping ability, the 400 represents a leap forward for Haines upgrading its size by five feet from its previous large offer, but having also choices at heart in hull shape planning or displacement, engines single or twin, wood type options, but also for a further dinette to port which reduces the galley size. The 400 incorporates latest trends toward light spacious living areas, with large bonded windows and roof hatches. The exterior plan offers a large enclosed aft deck area with seating for eight, double helm to starboard with an easy to operate canopy, and wide side decks for safety which lead to the fore deck sunbathing area cushions forward. Interior accommodation plan presents a U-shaped saloon, entertainment centre with TV on the aft bulk head, and galley with two large double master cabins with spacious en-suites below. The galley is an impressive feature of the 400 with spaces abounding and full beam offset size from port to starboard sides and includes a large stainless fridge freezer, four burner hob, combination oven microwave, and good work top space. Fitting out is in light oak veneer finish with walnut steps, flooring to the galley, feature panels, along with blinds to all windows giving a contemporary look. Hull one which featured a planning hull was fitted with twin Volvo 330hp engines giving 30 knots wide open throttle speeds. Important to note that choices are part of the 400 not only in hull shape planning or displacement, engines single or twin, wood type options, but also for a further dinette to port which reduces the galley size.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.90 m (40ft)
Beam - 4.03 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 500 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max with 330hp
Hull - planning, semi displacement shape
Project - Justen Haines lines
Certification - RCD CE B
www.hainesmarine.co.uk