> Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : Brothers keeping firm grip on family business
Brothers keeping firm grip on family business


'Up and racing in a Signature 1900s - boat driving skill is in their blood.'    Mark Rothfield    Click Here to view large photo

The passing of John Haines Snr some four years ago could’ve sounded the death knell for the family boat building concern he’d built with his two sons, John and Greg.

For the brothers left to run a national dynasty that included Suzuki outboard distribution and the renowned Signature and Seafarer trailerboat brands, it wasn’t an easy act to follow. Economic conditions didn’t help either.
But much to their credit they have kept a steady hand on the wheel. John and Greg weren’t born to be good boat builders but were raised that way.

Their footprints, as young boys, are embedded in the factory floor from the original concrete pour, and both worked their way up without favour, spending time in moulding, time in detailing, time as cleaners sweeping the floor.

Business-wise they are like twins joined at the hip, equals in hierarchy and commonly mentioned in the same breath. It has been John Jnr’s task, working in R and D, to perfect the hull concepts while Greg refined the sales and marketing pitch.

Happy days, going for a cruise with their late father, John Snr. -  Mark Rothfield   Click Here to view large photo

Signature has been one of the few domestic runabout builders still developing new models, with a new 575F nearing completion and a range of fully enclosed hardtop boats from 5.4 to seven metres due in 2013. Other releases since 2008 include the 543F and RF, 502RF and DF, 575RF, 535 bowrider, 602F and Traveller Vanquish.

They struck a deal with Hyundai Yachts to build Signatures under licence in Korea for their domestic market and northern hemisphere, and they’re also being manufactured in New Zealand by Reflex. The Haines Group picked up the Seafarer marque mostly because they didn’t want to see the moulds go to wrong hands … former owner Lindsay Fry apparently felt the same.

Suzuki approached the Haines Group in 2002, looking to sign a distributor who understood the Australian and New Zealand market. The Haineses, in turn, could see that the four-stroke motors were something out of the box.
‘Has it been fantastic for us? Absolutely,’ says John. ‘Has it been fantastic for Suzuki? Absolutely. We are their biggest marine customer in the world in terms of dollars.’

Greg, left, and John Haines Jnr are Suzuki’s biggest marine customers. -  Mark Rothfield   Click Here to view large photo

Their commitment includes carrying arguably the best spare parts supply in the industry, at considerable cost.
‘Managing the foreign exchange side of Suzuki takes up most of my day,’ John says. ‘But when I want to get away from my computer screen I walk down through the factory and talk to the guys on the floor.’
Greg has since moved on to Maritimo, working in a marketing role, and under the new working arrangement the two brothers believe they’ve become better mates. John’s two daughters are university bound, and boat building is an unlikely vocation. The family lineage looks set to end with the current generation.

John Jnr isn’t averse to appointing an advisory board in years to come but, for now and the foreseeable future, it’s family business as usual. In the eyes of those who know them, and in their own hearts, the Haines brothers have nothing to prove.

They’ve done the hard yards.


by Mark Rothfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116250

4:02 PM Thu 31 Oct 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Power Boat News





UK superyacht industry on the rise by British Marine Federation,












Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,






























Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,


Revealing report on Search for American yacht Nina released *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,












AYSS PacificNet/Tahiti voted a success! by Asia Pacific Superyachts,




Ferretti Group’s ‘Service University’ for the first time in Asia_Pac
Solar 1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 - Day 1 + Video
Portland’s new state-of-the-art boat ramp officially opened
2014 Sarasota Grand Prix - 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook got second place
Superboats turn up the heat in the Tropics
Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters
APSNZ appoints Duthie Lidgard as new MD
Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay
Tidal current installations will increase boating hazards
Dangerous conditions for NSW coastal boaters from Thursday
World premieres and national debuts for Sydney International Boat Show
Marine Auctions experiencing rising tide of interest *Feature
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season
Fusion achieves industry-wide acceptance of FUSION-Link
BSE Brisbane Slipways open for business as normal   
Honda’s everywhere at Sydney International Boat Show!   
Fifth round of XCAT World Powerboat Series moves to China   
Sly 43 - Making her Australian premier   
Maritimo full of confidence following recent wins   
Australia event cements its position as hosting 'the' marina party   
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast   
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas   
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay   
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance   
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Sydney International Boat Show set to embrace new location   
Thermal imaging helping bulk carriers avoid collisions in port and in   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
CruiseCraft adds Explorer 595 Hard Top   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Be won over by the new Azimut 50   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Tammy Wolf and Mercury's Formula 2 Powerboat on to Divisional Champion   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT