British luxury boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has announced that its line-up for the Southampton Boat Show 2017 will showcase the recently launched Squadron 53 for the first time in the UK.

First shown to a European audience at Boot Düsseldorf in January 2017 to mark the start of the company’s 50th anniversary year, Fairline’s Squadron 53 is based squarely on the well-proven 53-foot hull. As the third variant of Fairline’s popular 53-foot range, that’s only to be expected. However, with design work from superyacht specialist, Alberto Mancini, it reportedly exhibits fresh solutions from the deck upwards - to such a degree that it showcases “a new direction” for the future of Fairline’s exterior styling.

Fairline Squadron 53

Fairline's Squadron 53 in Palm Beach.

On the inside, Mancini’s design has resulted in a spacious main deck with a flat floor from the cockpit to the lower helm, which in turn ensures a flat ceiling in the master cabin - and yet there is still around six feet, four inches of headroom at the foot of the double bed. It’s also notable that, despite its name, the new cruiser is closer to 56 feet than 53, which leaves plenty of space for an upgraded foredeck seating area, plus an expansive cockpit sun bed and a large, swept flybridge.

Hand crafted to order by Fairline’s craftsmen in Oundle, England, the new Squadron 53 is as flexible in terms of bespoke personalisation as the rest of the fleet has led us to expect. In addition to a wide variety of on board entertaining spaces, there are multiple layout options, enabling you to spec either three or four cabins, as well as a main galley that can be positioned either forward or aft, and either down below or up on the main deck. Little wonder that Fairline is describing the new platform as “the perfect choice for those who want their yacht their way”.

For more information about Fairline Yachts, visit Fairline - and to see the new, Italian-influenced Squadron 53 first-hand at its UK debut, visit stands M214-220 at the Southampton Boat Show in September 2017.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.