The well-known UK luxury motor yacht builder, Fairline Boats, will launch its most customised model ever, the Squadron 78 CUSTOM motor yacht MATCH 2, at the upcoming British Motor Yacht Show in Swanwick.
This has been one of the Fairline Yacht Division’s most exciting and challenging build projects to-date, and following initial discussions in the summer of 2011 over 2,000 man hours have been spent on top of the standard build to create MATCH 2 yacht, which features almost 400 custom items.
The project, which will be the owner’s fifth Fairline, was born out of his in-depth knowledge and passion for the luxury range. The Yacht Division, Design, Engineering and Production teams have worked tirelessly to ensure the owner’s requirements were met and Fairline’s high standards were maintained – creating a beautiful bespoke motor yacht that is set to be a key highlight at the Swanwick event.
James Powell, Fairline Yacht Division EMEA, commented: “The creation of this Squadron 78 CUSTOM has been a real pleasure, and the entire team are really proud of what has been achieved. It has been great working with the client from the initial stages to define the specification through to completion of construction – his intimate knowledge of the brand and technical and engineering background tested the limits of the level of customisation that could be achieved by the Fairline Yacht Division. Following successful commissioning of all of the custom items, sea trials at our Ipswich Test Facility, and feedback from the client, MATCH 2 is a real testament to the Design, Engineering and Production teams at Fairline.”
The project started with an initial Custom Specification Concept Pack detailing the exact requirements for all main areas of the boat, including the hull, deck and superstructure, engineering and systems and accommodation. The Fairline team then turned these concepts into reality, with the build commencing in August 2012 before being completed on-time in May 2013 and delivered to the Fairline Test Facility at Ipswich for sea trials and commissioning. Luxury yacht MATCH 2 will be handed over to its owner immediately after the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show, before sailing to her final destination in Antibes, South of France.
John Wolf, owner of MATCH 2, commented: “I bought my fourth Fairline, a new Squadron 78 CUSTOM in 2010, and enjoyed a couple of seasons of great cruising with family and friends in the Mediterranean. The boat was perfect and never missed a beat, and it held its value so well that it made good financial sense to sell it last year. I’m aware of the many good alternative boats that could have replaced it but chose to buy another Squadron 78 CUSTOM.
“This decision was a combination of my great experience with the Squadron, the teams at the Fairline factory and Fairline Essex, being able to specify many custom modifications, and being guaranteed great sea-keeping, strong residual value, and great build quality. All of this made the idea of another Squadron 78 CUSTOM unbeatable.
“I am absolutely delighted with the finished boat and looking forward eagerly to delivery. I hope many other boaters will be able to step aboard her at the British Motor Yacht Show and see for themselves the extraordinary levels Fairline has reached with this boat.”
Below are just some of the custom items on board motor yacht MATCH 2:
• Additional hull glazing
• Custom stainless steel staircase to flybridge with teak treads and mood lighting
• White caulking to teak decks
• All timber in Satin Walnut with high gloss lacquered Wenge features
• All bulkheads straight in lieu of curved
• Oak Nero wood flooring to upper deck levels
• Custom mosaic tiling to en suite bathroom
• Custom stainless steel internal staircase to flybridge
• Long range fuel tanks
• Sleipner fin stabilisers
• Upgraded hydraulic and fire safety monitoring systems
• Garmin camera monitoring system including anchor handling
• Upgraded Audio Visual systems
Below is a choice of the splendid charter yachts built by Fairline.
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