The second generation 2000 Bluewater sits mid range in the Tournament range of pleasure craft manufactured by the busy Haines Group. At 6.29m in length and with a 2.34m in beam it’s a lot of boat, sure to be appreciated by many people – especially those who need to have a great all rounder suited just as well for family pursuits as for dedicated fishing.
The addition of an optional hard top, built on a very strong framework, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the new G2 Tournament 2000 Bluewater range. Next comes extra cockpit fishing room – some 22cm – plus substantial redesign of the transom area to incorporate a locking door, live bait tank, fold down rear lounge plus hatches providing access to both batteries and bilge for utmost end user convenience.
Up front, there’s provision for a drum winch to handle ground tackle although the option of walking around the hard top via the cuddy’s wide side decks is certainly viable in calm conditions. I used the walkaround to exit the craft onto a beach and it was quite satisfactory.
Tucked below the massive hard top, the skipper and mate’s seats, on their massive hinged storage boxes, were far enough apart to allow easy cabin access via a sliding door. Bunks within the cabin were large enough to sleep on, an infill was available, and useful storage under bunks was sure to be appreciated, as would be the cabin’s full-length side shelving. A Porta Potti is also available.
At the helm the skipper and mate would appreciate the comfort and support of the Bluewater’s slide-adjustable bucket seats. The sliding windows on each side of the craft’s four-piece, wiper-equipped windscreen would be great in hot weather or in times of bad visibility. Whether seated or standing, the visibility from the helm area was perfect. The Tournament’s 3m long, full-length cockpit side pockets, of very generous capacity, extended right up to the cuddy cab so both skipper and mate could easily access the storage area by their sides. Very handy indeed.
The Tournament’s raised dash layout was as modern as tomorrow, with state-of-the-art dedicated Suzuki gauges providing every possible piece of information, from engine revs to helm positioning, even exact global position! Suzuki certainly packed a lot of usefulness in those gauges!
The pride of place on the dash went to the craft’s big Garmin GPS map 7407XSV unit. It was located above the wheel with banks of switches somewhat lower.
Up to four anglers could work in the large, 800mm high cockpit of the G2 Tournament Blue Water (the boat’s rating is for six people). Highlights of the cockpit were the generous amounts of side padding, the stainless foot rests atop the long side pockets, two rod holders per side in gunwale tops, along with large hand rails, a non-skid cockpit floor plus a boarding gate to port. The Tournament’s live well was to starboard within the redesigned transom, while a drop down three-person aft seat provided comfort underway yet could be lowered when fishing to form a brace point. Incidentally, the Tournament 2000 Bluewater’s 960kg hull proved very stable at rest, well suited to all manner of fishing or family pursuits.
A large bait board aft was also equipped with rod holders. Adding those to the six mounted on the rear of the fibreglass hard top and those in the gunwales brought the total of rod holders aboard to 12. Plenty of rod storage there!
Engines range from 130-200hp and power was courtesy of a Suzuki’s new four cylinder DF200A. Interestingly, the new 2.9L four weighs 30kg less than its six cylinder 200 counterpart, and on the transom of the Tournament it certainly proved its worth. Planing occurred at 2800 rpm, travelling at 17.8km/h. I saw a sensible cruising speed of 38.5km/h (3500rpm) with the Suzuki 200 sipping 16.75L per hour. Full throttle application saw 76.4km/h recorded, 6300rpm on the Suzuki gauge.
The Tournament was a pleasure to drive thanks to electric/hydraulic steering, which was extremely direct yet fingertip light. Ride and handling were spot on, as expected of a 21° vee hull with plenty of grip on the water. I see this boat as being well suited to bay, estuary and offshore fishing as well as all manner of family boating. The finish, as per usual with Haines Group products, was up with the very best on offer anywhere, and the hull’s 10-year structural warranty should please owners as well.
The price of the craft as reviewed with all options including the Suzuki gauges, enclosed glass hard top, bait board, EPS steering, Garmin sounder, and Dunbier tandem trailer was $97,217. For more information visit www.thehainesgroup.com.au or call them on (07) 3271 4400 for the nearest Tournament stockist and a test run.
Hull weight: 960kg
Power rating: 130-200hp
Max persons: 6