January 29, 2014

Project: Fairline Esprit

Fairline was pretty upbeat at the just ended 2014 London boat show presenting an innovative concept the Esprit. This concept is a revolution for most of the known brands and shows sustainable bio-diversification construction in a new light. Bio-derived epoxy resins with needle punched flax fibres are used in construction and the interior features ecoyarn upholstery fabrics, specially treated with a waterproofing plasma process. Recycled synthetic teak is used for the eSprit’s decking and the concept incorporates a solar panelled T-top that folds away to cover bow seating when not in use. The concept also showcases an ergonomically optimized interior and includes a multi functional Steering Position with paddle throttles and integral LED control display. This allows chart plotter, radar and system information to be displayed in the optimum viewing position.  Power options for the Fairline eSprit consist of a 400hp diesel engine, capable of 30 knots in diesel mode, coupled to an electric motor. Silent running or sustained low speed cruising is possible at 5 knots in electric mode. But the Fairline Esprit was also a new departure for the British boat builder who for the first time presented a sport cruiser with a powerboat feel to its overall design. This is something totally new from Fairline and would be interesting to see the response from the public about the Esprit if it goes into production.