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British yacht builder Fairline Yachts is being acquired again, less than a year after the last deal. The new owner wants to accelerate the internationalization of its sales of high-end motorboats.

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Hanover Investors acquires Fairline Yachts

Fairline Yachts changed ownership on June 14, 2021. Less than a year after it took over as majority shareholder of the British shipyard in July 2020, the RiverRock fund sold its stake to London-based investment fund Hanover Investors. The amount of the transaction has not been made public. It thus takes control of the high-end motorboat manufacturer founded in 1967 in Oundle, Northampshire. It has a worldwide network of 50 dealers.

Accelerating the internationalization of the British shipyard

Fairline Yachts managing director Peter McNulty welcomes the arrival of the new shareholder, which he sees as recognition of the value of the British yachting business. On this occasion, Jason Carley, a partner in the Hanover Investors fund and previously a member of Fairline Yachts' management between July 2020 and March 2021, returns to the shipyard's side. "It's a recognition of the great work done by the team here at Fairline that a company of the caliber of Hanover Investors has decided to support us. They have an excellent track record of working with companies through their global vision to integrate both investment and operations, with a particular focus on companies that are in the process of internationalizing. While we have a strong international footprint, with Hanover on board, I know we can go much further and faster," said Peter McNulty.

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The spirit of adventure drives everything we do. Success, perfection, and the ultimate in luxurious experiences are all destinations we are heading for. And it has always been that way. Our reputation for making class-leading, iconic hand-built motor yachts is world renowned. But there’s a restless energy within us. One that is driving us further into the distance, to find joy and excitement in new ways and on new horizons. More beautiful experiences. More thrilling experiences. Join us.

Where it all began. Jack Newington acquires an assortment of disused gravel pits by the River Nene, as well as the land between the main lake and the road. By cutting a route through from the lake to the river, and erecting workshops, offices, a chandlery shop and slipway, he transformed the area into Oundle Marina.

Birth of Fairline. The launch of the Fairline 19, the first Fairline to ever be built. The river cruiser blended handcrafted techniques with the latest GRP boat construction practises of the time, and set the pace of the brand.

Launch of Phantom 32. Awarding Fairline long-standing credibility, the seven-berth boat remained in production for seven years, and gave its name to the long line-up of ‘family’ cruising boats that followed with such success over the next three decades.

Launch of Fairline 40, a flagship boat that remained in production for a record 11 years.

Turbo 36 launched to huge acclaim. A well-designed aft-cabin layout led the versatile model to become one of Fairline’s enduringly popular boat.

Launch of the very first Targa. An integral part of the Fairline story, the Targa 33 set the benchmark for the modern express cruiser. Fairline continues to grow apace, with new production sites at Weldon, Corby and Nene Valley, Oundle, and international recognition.

Fairline wins the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement – a major milestone in the company’s history. Pictured are Sam and Briony Newington proudly receiving this coveted and much deserved award.

Launch of the Squadron range. Establishing Fairline within the ‘large yacht’ market, the Squadron series first began with the innovative and stylish Squadron 62. The range fast became a Fairline classic, and the now-renowned flybridge models combine well-proven design features with precision marine engineering.

A purpose built 60,000 square foot factory opens in Oundle to supply increased capacity from strong export sales.

The 10,000th Fairline leaves the yard, a Squadron 65. Fairline completes two of its most ambitious programmes to date: the construction of the major new production facility, Nene Valley II, and the launch of its stunning flagship yacht, the Squadron 74.

Introduction of GRAN TURISMO versions of the larger Targa models, incorporating the innovative powered retractable hardtop. Whether in OPEN form or GRAN TURISMO, Targa set the Fairline tone for sophisticated design and bold exploration.

Fairline celebrates 40 years with an impressive clutch of trophies: in the UK’s IPC Marine Awards, the Targa 38 and the Squadron 68 win MOTORBOAT OF THE YEAR in their respective categories, with the Phantom 48 being highly commended. The Targa 38 also wins EUROPEAN MOTORBOAT OF THE YEAR, the industry’s leading award.

Fairline wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the world’s most prestigious award for International Trade.

Fairline’s 12,000th boat is built – a Squadron 55.

Launch of the 48 series. The innovative design incorporates both resin infusion technology and a new monocoque deck construction, as well as a unique hull designed exclusively for IPS technology.

Fairline begins work with celebrated Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architects, Vripack launching a new Fairline era. A collaboration uniting British craftsmanship, Italian style and Dutch engineering.

Fairline’s 50th anniversary was celebrated in style across the world. One of the largest customer events took place in Mallorca, where 50 Fairline’s came together to create the largest flotilla of its kind.

September saw the launch of the Targa 63 GTO – the first of the Alberto Mancini-designed Fairline yachts. With its fluent lines and sleek design this new model promptly won acclaim at the 2017 World Yacht Trophies winning the award for ‘Best Exterior Design’.

A busy year for Fairline Yachts that began with the high-profile sponsorship of champion racing driver Rick Parfitt Jr and ended with the new Targa 43 Open winning a World Yacht Trophie for Best Exterior Design. Not to mention acres of positive press coverage for this great new addition to the ever-expanding Fairline product range.

On her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the new Squadron 68 wins the accolade of Best Interior Design at the World Yacht Trophies – the Oscars of the yachting industry. This win, against some very stiff competition, makes a hat-trick of wins for Fairline Yachts at this prestigious annual event. 

The sleek and sporty F//LINE 33 beat tough competition to take the crown in the hotly contested “Superboats” category at the 2020 Motorboat of the Year Awards. Described as an “extremely hard category to judge” by the panel from Motorboat & Yachting magazine.

Renowned Italian yacht designer, Alberto Mancini – who designed the F//LINE 33 in partnership with the Fairline Yachts Design Studio said, “I put my heart and soul into every boat I design, regardless of the size. This is such a huge honour for me and for Fairline.”

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Founded on British craftsmanship, Fairline encompasses power, performance and comfort. Bringing fresh ideas to respected classics, our collaboration with Italian yacht designer Alberto Mancini combines contemporary style with a long-standing heritage. A considered approach and commitment to reliability creates models that have light, detail, volume and finesse, and paired with the security of outstanding seakeeping, Fairline is where understated elegance meets performance and adventure.

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Fairline is a brand that continually adapts and evolves. With a long-standing international recognition for its award-winning range of designs, it embraces advances in both technology and style. Always remaining true to the Fairline DNA, it produces industry-leading models that pair space with sophistication. Its brand legacy is one of care-free adventure for all who step aboard.

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Passionate about the finest of details, Fairline delivers a level of quality that is hard to find elsewhere. With collaboration at its core, from the latest navigation and audio/visual technologies to modern yet classic designs, it is committed to always striving for the exceptional. Incorporating fresh ideas at every opportunity.

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News & events.

18th April 2024

AUTHORIZED DEALERSHIP NOW IN SAN FRANCISCO

Fairline has announced MRN Yacht Sales as its partner in California.

5th February 2024

Miami line-up announced

Fairline has announced its line-up for Miami International Boat Show (14-18 February 2024) which includes the Squadron 68, Squadron 50, Targa 45 OPEN and the F//LINE 33.

7th December 2023

Two debuts at Boot Düsseldorf 2024

Fairline will unveil its highly anticipated all-new Targa 40 in a world debut at this year’s Boot Düsseldorf, 20 - 28 January 2024, supported by the European debut of the all-new Squadron 58.

17th November 2023

Designer of the Year

Fairline’s Christian Gott takes home Designer of the Year at the Boat Builder Awards 2023

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How boats are built: tour of Fairline Yachts’ factory

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Over the years here at Motorboat and Yachting, we’ve been lucky enough to sail some of the the most technically advanced and glamorous boats on the water. Whenever we get the chance to test out a new boat, we always bring our readers our expert opinion on how those boats behave. But what we have not really delved into before is how boats are built.

We sent Jack Haines off to the English midlands – about as far away from the sea as you can be in the country – to the home of Fairline Yachts to see exactly what goes into building some of the most technically advanced yachts in the world.

At the Oundle, Northamptonshire Fairline Yachts factory, they build everything in the range from the 33ft F-Line yachts right up to the Squadron 68 all built from the ground up across three separate factory buildings.

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The Fairline Squadron 68 is just one of the yachts built at the Fairline Yachts factory in Northamptonshire

Going behind the scenes at the Fairline factory allows Jack to see how boats are built through every step of the process from the waxing of the moulds in the early stages of hull moulding and gel coat application, through to the layup of fibreglass and the resin infusion process.

Across the Fairline range, every boat is built with a liner. Though not a unique process for Fairline, not every manufacturer uses a liner in their construction. There are, essentially, two ways to make a boat. You can take the hull once it comes out of the mould and lay a flat, wooden floor into it and build the accommodation into the boat off that floor.

The other way of doing it is to have a liner. The liner is a structural part of the boat and provides significant rigidity into the hull itself.

The liner does limit what you can build in the interior of the boat, though, as you need to define where the bulkheads are going to go, where the rooms are going to go in the early design phase.

Once you have made that mould you are then committed to that layout. So it is a choice, essentially between customisation options and sea keeping and rigidity. We see this process in action and learn from Fairline just why they favour this technique as well as a great deal else about how to build a boat that is modern, luxurious and capable.

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The new Fairline Marina platform is specifically designed to connect fans and customers of our brand in this time of social distancing.

The Fairline Marina brings the world of hand-crafted luxury boats direct to you. The platform includes 360-degree detailed tours of all the yachts within our Squadron, Targa and F//LINE model ranges, allowing you to explore the Fairline family of yachts from the comfort of your home.

The Fairline Marina includes a live chat function, enabling the opportunity to speak directly to a Fairline expert at any time of the day. Additionally, we are developing a regular calendar of livestream yacht tours, which will be hosted by our global dealer network – you can tune in on our Facebook page for a detailed tour of the yachts you are interested in. Each livestream will take you from stern to bow, walking you through the yacht in detail. 

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News & events.

18th April 2024

Authorised Dealership now in San Francisco

Fairline has announced MRN Yacht Sales as its partner in California.

27th February 2024

Come and start your career with Fairline

Our Recruitment Open Day is set to take place on 2nd March. We're gearing up to fill positions at our Oundle manufacturing facility, promising exciting opportunities for job seekers in the marine industry.

5th February 2024

Miami line-up announced

Fairline has announced its line-up for Miami International Boat Show (14-18 February 2024) which includes the Squadron 68, Squadron 50, Targa 45 OPEN and the F//LINE 33.

25th January 2024

Squadron 58 wins at the Motorboat of the Year awards

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