The Haines V19R, re-christened the Nautek N19R, undergoing sea trials.

Haines V19R Boat

What do you do when you stumble upon an old Haines V19R, sitting on the side of a road (well, almost) in a sorry state? Why, isn’t it obvious? Transform the old girl with a full boat restoration and give her a fitout that happens to include the best marine gear, electronics, engine and accessories on the market. Oh, and once the work’s done, give her away to one extremely lucky reader.

Haines V19R project boat

The crew at Melbourne’s Nautek Marine gladly put their hand up to manage the restoration so that’ how the boat came to be christened the Nautek N19R.

Once we’d acquired her, it was time to decide what she really “needed”.

Firstly, N19R had to operate as a photo platform for our boat tests, carrying the crew and a ton of photographic equipment, plus the operators. This meant a big deck area with deep freeboard for safety, as well as stability and a soft, dry ride.

The N19R also had to be a safe, sturdy seagoing machine with the looks to stand out from the crowd at competitions and boat shows. And it had to be eminently desirable to gain as much attention as possible for sponsors and attract interest in the eventual giveaway competition.

Finally, since we all love fishing, she would need all the necessities of sportsfishing life!

Here’s how we did it.

The beginning

Get to know the project boat. The history on the famous Haines V19R hull, and just how did we come across such a fine specimen?


Work begins

The hull is stripped bare and a commercial-style wavebreaker replaces the windscreen.



The transom is replaced and the workstation gets some much needed attention.


Dash and fuel tank

A new underfloor fuel tank is installed. Storage capacity is greatly improved and the dash is readied for modern electronics.


Painting and sanding

How do you sand and paint all that fibreglass on a Haines V19R? The boat paint experts transform our project boat into a canary-yellow thing of beauty.


Wiring and electonics

The key to any boat restoration is to start from the ground up and work to a plan.


Gear and accessories

The excitement rises as we approach the final fit-out stage of our long-awaited project boat. Here we fit out the Haines V19R with the best marine equipment that we can get out our hands on.


Marine electronics

The project boat is nearing completion. Now it's time to see what we can do with $13,000 of marine electronics from Raymarine.


Yamaha F200G outboard

A Yamaha F200G outboard motor was the perfect engine for our Haines V19R, especially with that fully-rebuilt and heightened 25in transom replacing the original 20in.


Stainless steel frame

The experts help us with a stainless steel frame, rod holders, rocket launchers, bait board and more.


Canvas canopy

A good canopy cover can be the difference between getting incinerated by the sun and a memorable outing.


Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HO

Our Haines V19R project boat is is fitted with a new Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HO outboard motor.

Flexiteek flooring

Our project boat is fitted with Flexiteek Flooring. What looks like teak and feels like teak but isn't teak (and is lighter and easier to maintain)?


Boat seats and padded coamings 

The project boat gets premium boat seat boxes and new padded coamings.

Reelax outriggers 

Now that the Haines V19R had been fitted with flexible flooring and boat seats, it was time to do some serious fishing. What better way to head offshore than with a brand-new pair of Reelax outriggers?


Project boat sponsors and suppliers

We gratefully acknowledge the following marine companies for their support on this project.

Boat Catch

Exide Batteries

Franky Natoli
Total Wood Works (0419 565 594)
HQPF – Henry’s Quality Paint Finishes
JJJ Marine
Fuel tank

Lone Star Marine
G3-1400D Anchor winch, Mud Magnet stainless plough anchor, rope and chain, hawser pipe, bowsprit

MY Marine
Engine fitup

Nautek Marine

Nupol Composites

Oceanic Trailers

Peter Cain Marine

robAust Refinish Alternatives
Paint suppliers

Sam Allen Wholesalers
Hydraulic steering, rodholders, seat and supports, assorted fittings

Wojo Signs

Yamaha Australia