The competent 35 offshore saw the Norfolk builder go from inland to open waters, but will this 40-footer unleash Haines on to the big time?
Given the months of hard work involved in bringing a new boat to fruition, you can’t really accuse Haines of being opportunistic over Broom’s recent boatbuilding troubles. But if timing really is everything then this launch, one that puts aft-cabin cruisers and the Haines name firmly in the spotlight, could not be more perfect even if it came with built-in red drapes and a troupe of dancing girls.
Between the Atlantic’s proven hull and the yard’s pleasure in building good, strong boats, we expected the 400 to deliver a solidly reliable ride. It didn’t disappoint. The hull is responsive and turns without fuss – it took any chop we encountered without a murmur.
The move into 40ft territory hasn't phased the Norfolk-based yard. The boat looks tough and able and that is reflected in the way it handles, while the solid, well-finished interior is luxuriously impressive. Haines may not yet have the name and following of Broom but, judging by the 400's list of qualities, it wont be long until it has its own admirers.