July 29, 2013

Project: Fairline 48 Squadron

Fairline has been very clever in its recent total new model adventure, placing out three designs with the use of one hull and all of these targeting different type customers uses and needs. The 48 Squadron as understood is based on the hull of the recently launched Targa Open, and soon to come Targa Gran Turismo of the same designation.  The 48 Squadron as has always been since the 62 launched with this name in the early nineties is a flybridge type cruiser.  This new Squadron also marks itself as being the first pod driven flybridge boat by Fairline. As expected this new Squadron is very similar in many regards to the other 48's from Fairline in the layout and external looks, with the main differences coming in the aft deck, and the spacious flybridge up top.  Since the past decade Fairline has often been credited of offering among the larger flybridges for size, and this seems to be again true with this new 48 Squadron.  Up top the 48 Squadron definitely scores points for the large L-shaped settee which can convert to a huge sun pad, which comes along with some other nice details as a wet bar, and forward facing settee alongside the dual seat helm station located to port.  Down below the offer is again for a choice of three double cabins, or two cabin plan with the double bunk berths replaced by an L-shaped saloon settee in the later plan.  The owners stateroom is a full beam amidships located with an en-suite shower head.  A galley is located below in between the cabins, which is a feature Fairline should rethink on the 48 Squadron considering how much astern kitchens have gained in popularity in recent times. Power for the 48 Squadron is twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod drives.