BOAT RESTORATION - 1976 HAINES HUNTER V19R PROJECT BOAT
Trent fondly remembers the day. It was 1976 and his father had just shaken hands with the team from Hunts Marine, Blakehurst on a new Haines Hunter V19R. We all know the Haines V19R — most of us lust after one, so much that the lucky crew here even have an on-going Haines V19R project boat.
Trent’s father, and his before him, had a strong bond with Hunts Marine, having bought boats from the team since 1950. The Haines V19R, like boats before it, was destined to become the family fishing and ski boat. Over time, as the family grew up, the boats’ use slipped, passers-by tried to buy it but Trent’s father always planned to rebuild her. More time went by before eventually a persistent Trent was rewarded with ownership transferring to him in August 2015.
By this stage the trailer was not trustworthy so Trent had a flatbed take the complete rig to Splits Fibreglass Boat Repairs, Taren Point, to begin what was a fast but thorough rebuild.
Haines Hunter V19R boat restoration
Craig Kass and his team took the Haines V19R project boat back to bare glass, touching up what was needed before giving the boat a new colour in resplendent white. While there, Trent opted for a new windscreen over the typical wave-breaker design doing the rounds currently. We applaud the windscreen look — it enhances the already sleek lines of the hull — but call us old-school, we would have kept the original colour.
Trent was lucky to find the transom in perfect condition, probably helped by the fact the original 200hp Evinrude V6 outboard motor had never been removed. In addition, the boat was well cared for and loved by the family.
As a fly-in, fly out worker, doing most of his hours in WA, Trent needed to rely on locals to work for him unsupervised. So while the boat was being painted, the trusty team at Sales Trailers, Peakhurst, were commissioned to build a new, better trailer.
Now ready to roll with a restored Haines V19R on new trailer, the tedious but important task of fit-out was next.
Trent did a heap of research and returned to Hunts Marine. A 150hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard went on the back — with hydraulic steering, of course. While some Haines V19R lovers (us included) run 200hp outboard engines, the truth is, as Trent points out, a 150hp outboard motor is fine. He routinely does 80km from this reliable Suzuki outboard engine.
While at Hunts Marine, a suite of Lowrance marine electronics went in, including a Lowrance HDS-12, VHF with AIS, FUSION stereo, Rule bilge pump and twin batteries to keep it all going at rest.
Peter McNally Marine Electronics got the job of wiring up the new switch gear and pumps.
Good mates Bayside Boat Covers & Upholstery Service and Viking Marine were responsible for the impressive stainless and canvas work. Another nice touch is the removable extension on the rear. It gives more shade for family days but is removable for the boys’ trips when shoulder room matters most. Bayside also did the boat seating, plus some of the most impressive coaming pads we have seen.
You might have noticed that Trent kept the original name of the Haines V19R project boat restoration. If you’re wondering what it means, it’s a mash-up of his and his brother’s names.
So where to from here? With his own family now enjoying the Haines Hunter V19R, it’s onto the next generation, who no doubt will soon start to ask when they can buy it.
1976 Haines Hunter V19R project boat specs
1976 Haines Hunter V19R project boat cost
Purchase price Mates rates
Refit and trailer $36,000
Outboard motor and fitout $24,000
TOTAL COST Over $60,000
5 project boat restoration tips
1. Keep asking. They might say yes – like my dad did.
2. Listen to the pros. They have seen it before, including the bad stuff.
3. Spend it once and spend it right. You won’t regret it.
4. Follow your dreams!
5. Don’t overdo it because you read something on the internet — keep it simple.