British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, has announced that it will be launching the third variant of its popular 53-foot range, the Squadron 53, at Boot Düsseldorf on 21 January 2017.

The new yacht will herald the brand’s return to the Düsseldorf show after a five-year absence, and follows the notable unveilings of the Squadron 65 Hardtop at the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Targa 53 Open at the Southampton Boat Show in September.

However, despite the fact that the new Squadron model is based on Fairline’s existing 53-foot hull, it features a fresh design from the deck up, courtesy of renowned superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini. More to the point, it will also showcase “the future direction of Fairline’s exterior styling” so it ought to be worth much more than just a cursory look.

Handcrafted to order in Oundle, England, the new model is designed to feature a neatly swept fly deck, a generous variety of entertaining spaces and the flexibility of multiple layout options. In fact, the potential for personalisation on offer here is likely to be very strong, with three or four cabins, allied to new foredeck seating and a galley that can be positioned forward or aft, and down below as well as up on the main deck. Not for nothing is Fairline calling it “the perfect choice for those who want their yacht their way”.

Fairline Squadron 53

The Squadron 53's aesthetic is strongly influenced by Alberto Mancini.

Elsewhere, the 53 will exhibit a very user-friendly main deck, with a flat one-level transition from the aft cockpit all the way to the helm; and it will also boast a master cabin with headroom of up to six feet, four inches. And Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline, is clearly excited about the potential impact of the new boat: “Owners will feel in total control on the flybridge of the new Fairline Squadron 53, a yacht that offers excellent sea-keeping in all conditions. At the same time, the space, style and sumptuousness of this luxury cruiser means that guests will also have the ride of their lives. The Squadron 53 is the first Fairline yacht to have touches of Italian design and features subtle Mancini influences, which have evolved Fairline’s time-proven design DNA to create a model that perfectly blends beauty, form and function.”

Prices are expected to begin at £733,200 plus VAT. To find out more, visit Fairline or head for Boot Düsseldorf, which runs from 21 to 29 January 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.