Fairline

Post by: TheYachtMarket News
09 November 2008

Jack Newington was a craftsman committed to the highest levels of quality. He used his passion for sailing and created the hugely successful company that is Fairline. Newington's son, Sam, led the company for 25 years and used his commitment to quality to drive Fairline forward. Forty years on, it's the same passion and high standards of excellence that drive everything they do. Fairline is a proud British brand that now stands as class leader among the very best yacht builders in the world.

How it all began

  • In 1963 Jack Newington invests in a number of disused gravel pits and transforms them into Oundle Marina - still the home of Fairline.
  • 1967 sees the launch of the first Fairline 19 foot river cruiser.
  • In 1971, Sam Newington, a former fighter pilot, takes over the running of the company.
  • 1974 saw the launch of Phantom 32, the first in a long line of Fairline family cruising boats.
  • In 1981, the 36 Turbo is launched to huge acclaim.
  • The very first Targa is launched in 1985, and proves to be innovative in boat style and design, creating many imitators.
  • 1991 - Fairline enters the large yacht market with the first boat in the Squadron series, the stylish 62.
  • Sam Newington retires in 1996, handing the baton to Derek Carter.
  • 1998 sees the US subsidiary, Fairline Boats of North America Inc, become established.
  • Fairline completes two of its most ambitious programmes in 2003: the construction of the new production facility - Nene Valley II, and the launch of Fairline's flagship yacht, the Squadron 74.
  • 2005 saw Fairline's 20th anniversary of the successful Targa - the popular express cruiser.
  • 2006 “ Fairline's 40th Anniversary, and a new model is launched in each of the ranges: Squadron 66, Phantom 48 and Targa 38. Also, the company is purchased by its management team.
  • In 2007, Fairline wins in the IPC Marine Awards - the Targa 38 and the Squadron 68 win Motorboat of the Year, and the Targa 38 also wins European Motorboat of the Year.

Squadron 78 Custom

This award winning range of motor yachts is built upon 40 years of experience. From concept to finish, nothing is left to chance. Every inch of this boat embodies everything the owner would expect in a luxury performance motor yacht as well as a many things you wouldn't dream of!

The Squadron 78 Custom offers large public spaces, grand staterooms, the finest hand-selected granite work surfaces and state-of-the-art design features. As the name suggests, the highest level of customisation is available with this breathtaking yacht, and customers can expect specialist advice and exclusive services throughout the building process.

Phantom 50

The Phantom long-range cruisers are specifically designed for the utmost comfort. Practical design and thoughtful use of space, make this range the perfect live-aboard boat. The Phantom 50 is the largest in the Phantom series. This 50-footer has an imposing presence which will get noticed in any harbour. The accommodation offered by the Phantom 50 is the most generous in her class, with full height headroom and ample stowage for extended cruising.

Targa 64

For the most sophisticated in sports cruising, Fairline's Targa 64 GRAN TURISMO challenges the high standards of her predecessors. Following the success of the Targa 62, this model incorporates even more exciting features, including a patented design for a retractable roof - setting new standards in this class. Another innovative design is the atrium-style access to the lower saloon, and the full-beam master stateroom with electro-chromatic partition to the en-suite shower room. This high-tech feature changes the glass from opaque to transparent, allowing light to fill the cabin.