September 28, 2010

New Model: Fairline 42 Squadron

A waited debut that of the Fairline 42 Squadron, which was presented as a 41 project a year ago, and replaces the six years produced 40 Phantom. This Fairline new model represents two important notes from this global renowned British boat builder. The first is that the 42 Squadron is the smallest model of this range ever made, taking this title away from the 43 produced from 1994 to 98. The second is that Squadron now represents the flybridge range of Fairline, which means no more Phantom's. It will be interesting to see if this will be just a re-badge or we will see more Squadron details in the smaller sub fifty feet models. The exterior surely looks the Squadron buisness going on! The Fairline 42 Squadron is a two cabin flybridge motor cruiser which wants to challenge the best in a competitive global market, with large glassed surfaces abounding on the main deck, and being standard in the below cabin area. Particularly spacious areas are the flybridge, this a Fairline standard in the last decade, and the owners master stateroom to fore. On some forums reviews there is some notes that the saloon looks a bit small for a 42 footer. Fairline lead designer for a couple decades today Bernard Olesinski who takes care of lines and hull shapes also thinks out of the box by presenting his most ever moderate Vee having a 12.5 degrees dead rise aft. While the standard is that deeper is better, one of his flatter vees was the end eighties Fairline 50 with 15 degrees aft, which in my experience was one of his best hulls too. Other notes are on the small side fuel tanks of 996 litres which surely would have made better of an extra one hundred capacity, and good water capacity of 471 litres. Power is from standard Volvo 370hp which give a not so fast 28 knots top speed. If you want more you can have a pair of bigger Volvo's 435hp, and Cats 460hp. This last option being the high performing choice giving 31 knots wide open throttle speeds.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.94 m (42.5ft) inc gunwale
Hull Length - 12.62 m
Beam - 4.22 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 12.79 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 996 l
Water Capacity - 471 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 EVC 370hp, 435hp, Cats C7-Acert 460hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels
Performance - 28 knots with 370hp, 30 knots w/ 435hp, 31 knots w/ Cats 460hp
Hull Shape - Vee with deep forward, full length spray rails and 12.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - Isophtalic gel coat, resin. Unidirectional, biaxials, woven rovings glass fiber
Project - Bernard Olesinski, Fairline Design Team

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