The Squadron lineup from Fairline Boats has caught on around the world for a variety of reasons. From the flying-bridge driving and relaxation areas to the large windows spilling light into the saloons, owners appreciate the layout and styling. They also appreciate the reputation the UK-based builder has for constructing quality products.
This week, Fairline announced plans to add a 50-footer to the Squadron series. Expected for launch in summer 2011, the yacht should nicely fill the gap between the Squadron 41 and the Squadron 55.
Just like its larger and smaller sisters, the 50 will feature a flying bridge with a helm forward and seating/sunning areas aft. Fairline claims the flying bridge will actually be larger than that of similar-size yachts. The builder has also positioned the helm up here to port, instead of on centerline. This should give peace of mind to owners when they’re trying to back into a slip or otherwise maneuver the yacht, as they should have a better view down the side to the swim platform.
Inside, the Squadron 50 will have three staterooms, each with private heads, and three crew cabins. A fourth crew stateroom is optional, accessed via the cockpit. (Note that Fairline introduces its boats in England and Europe first, where crew accommodations such as this are customary aboard yachts in this size range. The first Squadron 50s to be available stateside might be different, as Americans tend to be owner-operators.)
One nice interior feature sure to appeal to buyers: optional powered windows in the saloon. While air-conditioning is nice, wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to essentially bring the outdoors inside by opting for the sliding sections? Also promising is the fact that the galley will be aft in the saloon. It’s a great concept incorporated on some other builders’ boats in recent years. It makes for a more convivial atmosphere and easier servicing of the alfresco dining spot in the cockpit. In fact, underscoring the servicing concept, there’s an optional opening window within the sliding glass doors to the cockpit. That should encourage quicker passing of trays back and forth.
When mealtime is over and owners and guests want some on-the-water fun, they can take out the RIB that the Squadron 50 will come with: either a Williams 285 or 325 waterjet-powered model. Fairline has a proprietary, patent-pending launching mechanism for it, too.