The new owners of British boatbuilder Fairline invested heavily in new design and architecture by enlisting the services of Italian designer (stylist) Alberto Mancini, and the engineering/naval architecture of the large Dutch firm Vripack.
Fairline was founded in 1963 by Jack Newington, who converted gravel pits on the River Nene into the Oundle Marina. Its first build was a 19‘ (5.8m) powerboat. Over the years, its offerings evolved to high-speed motoryachts. Newington’s son Sam began managing the business in 1971, expanding dealer networks to other parts of the world, including the U.S. After his retirement, the business, which over the years accounted for 13,000 yachts, was bought and sold a number of times, most recently in 2015 by two U.K.-based Russian businessmen, who reportedly paid £4 million to get the company out of “administration” (bankruptcy).
Mancini, born in 1978, earned a degree from the Istituto Europeo di Design (I.E.D.) transportation design school in Turin, Italy. His background includes a stint working for well-known British designer Ken Freivokh. In 2009 Mancini opened AM Yacht Design in Trieste, securing commissions to design the Magnum 70 (21m) and Magnum 100 (30m) for U.S. high-performance boatbuilder Magnum Marine. Other clients include Overmarine, Baglietto, Dominator, Barracuda, Otam, and Revolver.
Vripack developed the all-important bottoms of the new Fairlines, as well as the structural engineering. Managing partner Marnix Hoekstra says, “Fairline is truly a boater’s boat. It is our task to bring back that Fairline feel to the ride of their boats. This means a careful balance of low dynamic trim and high maneuverability while increasing the comfort of the ride and fuel efficiency.”
The first model designed by Mancini is the Targa 62 GTO (18.9m). Several accommodation choices will be available when it’s launched in 2017. All will feature a large, glazed, sliding sunroof, and powered patio doors that retract through the cockpit floor. The new owners retain the two distinct model lines: Targa express cruisers and Squadron motoryachts.
AM Yacht Design, 8, via Artemidoro, 34134 Trieste, IT, tel. +39 040 9662081, website www.amyachtdesign.com.
Fairline Yachts, Oundle PE8 4HN, U.K., tel. +44 (0) 1832 273661, website www.fairline.com.
Vripack, Zwolsmanweg 16, 8606 KC Sneek, NL, tel. +31 (0)515 43 66 00, website www.vripack.com.