Fair­line F-Line

Power & Motor Yacht - - DRAWING BOARD - fair­line.com Daniel Hard­ing Jr.

Fair­line Yachts made a state­ment when it brought noted Ital­ian de­signer Ablerto Mancini aboard to bring a fresh styling to the U.K. builder’s new prod­ucts. That was cer­tainly the case with the 63 GTO that de­buted in Cannes. From its sin­gle-level liv­ing to the boat’s ag­gres­sive ex­te­rior styling, it’s a pack­age that earned a ton of at­ten­tion on the show cir­cuit.

Sit­ting in the 63’s cock­pit at the An­napo­lis show with Fair­line Yachts Head of De­sign, An­drew Pope, I was let in on another project with a fresh new look: The 33-foot Fair­line F-line (a work­ing ti­tle).

“We knew we needed a new starter boat for the brand. And our her­itage goes back to the Targa 28 so we wanted to get back to our roots and de­sign a week­ender,” ex­plained Pope as he brought up the ren­der­ing of the 33 up on his phone. “But we wanted to carve our own niche. It’s all about cre­at­ing a so­cia­ble, liv­able space.

We’ll have some ac­com­mo­da­tions be­low to sleep two to four peo­ple and a gal­ley top­sides. Looks-wise, it’s dra­matic, we re­ally wanted to set our­selves apart, yet it still has some Fair­line DNA in its pro­file. It’s go­ing to be a fun boat to de­sign all the lit­tle de­tails on.”

Pope and the rest of the Fair­line ex­ec­u­tive team hope the 33 will in­tro­duce the brand to a younger de­mo­graphic, and the com­pany’s ded­i­ca­tion to cus­tomer sup­port will help re­tain the own­ers for years.

I’ve been think­ing about the name that’s TBD. Fast, sleek, plus with my love of al­lit­er­a­tion, I’m go­ing to go out on a limb and pitch: The Fair­line Fal­con. —

There’s some­thing about sil­ver that ex­udes a feel­ing of speed.

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