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  • Fairline 48 GT Launch @ Sanctuary Cove Boatshow

    Fairline 48 GT Launch @ The Sanctuary Cove Boatshow 2018       Leigh-Smith Yachts will host the latest Fairline 48 GT launch at SCIBS, with shares in the boat based at Sanctuary Cove available in a managed syndication Leigh-Smith Yachts will display an impressive line-up of world-class motor yachts at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), where the local Queensland boating family and business is one of only a few to display for all 30 years consecutive years of SCIBS. Making its Australian debut is the new 2018 Fairline Targa 48 GT, a stunning new model from the pen of designer Alberto Mancini with engineering by the highly awarded design studio Vripack. The Targa 48 is a sleek, streamlined vessel with three cabins and double ensuites, large saloon and a galley-up design well suited to the Australian boating lifestyle. The midships master cabin is large and well appointed. The second forward cabin has the versatility of converting from a V-berth to a double bed making the boat suitable for a family or two couples and the dinette can also convert to a third double bed. The electric hard top roof when opened lets light flood into the spacious, sociable upper deck that offers plentiful seating, a fold-out teak table and large sunbed. A garage in the back deck a can accommodate a sizeable RIB and along with the submersible swim platform makes this boat a versatile and exceptional design from …

  • Fairline lifts lid on Esprit concept boat at ExCeL

    Fairline lifts lid on Esprit concept boat at ExCeL    New concept Fairline Esprit is a hybrid-powered 30ft sportsboat designed with sustainability in mind Fairline has taken a leaf out of the automotive book and has turned up to the London Boat Show with an exciting concept design. The Fairline Esprit is a 30ft hybrid sportsboat that comes in cuddy cabin and bowrider forms and is designed to whip along at 30 knots from a single sterndriven 400hp diesel or motor silently at 5 knots under electric power. Sustainability was a key driving force behind the design, according to Fairline, which proposes using bio-derived epoxy resins in the construction and recycled synthetic composite teak for the decks. Resin infusion will keep things light to maximise performance and economy while LED lights throughout will keep power draw to a minimum. On the bowlder version, Fairline has designed a solar T-top that can fold away to cover the bow seating when not in use, the panels being used to power the ultrasonic antifouling system and keep batteries charged. One of the most exciting elements of the new design, and one which we hope to see on future boats, is a chartplotter and system information display built into the central boss of the steering wheel. This could show the radar display, the autopilot, charts or how much fuel is in the tanks. Fairline even said it hadn’t ruled out flappy paddle controls. As with most car …

  • FAIRLINE SQUADRON 53 REVIEW – Motorboat Magazine

    FAIRLINE SQUADRON 53 REVIEW by Motorboat Magazine     The first thing that strikes you when you set foot inside the saloon of the Fairline Squadron 53 is that it smells right. Bear with me on this. The smell is one of quality, of leather and wood, the sort of smell you would expect if you were to walk into a Bentley showroom. This sets the tone for an interior that, in terms of finish, is put together in the way that a Fairline should be.   It’s no secret that towards the end of the former Fairline regime, corners were being cut quite drastically – just read our report on the Squadron 48 from the January 2014 issue. There’s none of this on the 53 though – it’s all meticulously lacquered woods, diverse and rich textures and an air of quality that makes it feel a bit special.   The cabinet just aft of the lower helm encapsulates the new approach well. Its glossy lustre is bolstered by its design, which ignores the temptation to employ hard angles in an attempt to feel more contemporary and instead, sports soft curves and subtle fiddles.   Its fascia is a mix of leather panelling and stainless-steel highlighting, and it’s flanked by materials around the helm that blend soft-touch plastics with diamond-quilted leather that look and feel as classy as it gets.   It’s the same story in the cabins where the master suite bursts with thoughtful styling, including …

  • Leaders of the Industry

    LEADERS OF THE INDUSTRY Innovators improving the boating experience There are plenty of great ideas out there to improve boating for us all. But the people who really innovate are the ones who take those ideas and make them real, and have a palpable impact on the on-the-water experience. These are the leaders of the industry. Jeff Chen  of Hampton Yachts is one of those leaders and shares his insights into how he makes boating better. Power & Motoryacht: How does your passion both for boating and business feed innovation? Jeff Chen: I was born into a family with the passion for boating, after all the family boatbuilding business started in Taiwan over 50 years ago. I spent my youth hanging around boatyards and boats. I learned the passion for business from my Engineering and Graduate Studies at Stanford University. This background instilled in me a desire to create and build the best and most technically advanced yachts possible, and led to our collaboration with Howard Apollonio in developing the Hybrid Hull for our Endurance series and the new Split-Chine hull design for our new generation of the Hampton Pilothouse series—and the collaboration with JC Espinosa on the exciting new Euro and Pilothouse series.   Power & Motoryacht: What lesson from your past has helped move your business forward? Jeff Chen: Low leverage, cautious and prudent expansion of production facilities; source and hire the most …

  • Fairline Yachts Reveals Plans for brand new day boat

    NEWS RELEASE   Fairline Yachts reveals plans for brand new day boat   British luxury boat builder, Fairline Yachts, announces plans for a brand new 33ft express cruiser. This new model will be the first from Fairline’s new project ‘F-Line’ series and will launch in early 2019. This is the latest Fairline designed by Alberto Mancini - recently crowned Yacht Designer of the Year at the highly prestigious World Yacht Trophies. The phenomenally successful partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard has created a very stylish take on what a comfortable day boat should look like. The new 33, which has already received over a dozen orders from Fairline’s global dealer network, has drawn on Fairline’s strong heritage of producing fun and exciting day boats, but features luxurious styling cues synonymous with Mancini. The entry-level model will feature a single stern drive engine from Volvo Penta with the option to upgrade to twin diesels. For even greater performance, twin V8 petrol’s will be available for those that seek high performance from their boating. Head of Design at Fairline Yachts, Andrew Pope, comments, “Hot on the heels of launching the award-winning Targa 63 GTO last week at Cannes and the all new Targa 43 Open due to debut next spring, we now reveal the latest Alberto Mancini designed Fairline. Inspired by our long heritage in designing and building sub-40ft …

  • Fairline brings added style to its 48-foot model range

    NEWS RELEASE      Fairline brings added style to its 48-foot model range with a host of design upgrades   Luxury British motor boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces it is introducing a range of design upgrades across its 48-foot model range, which includes the Targa 48 GT, Targa 48 OPEN and the Squadron 48. World renowned Italian yacht designer, Alberto Mancini, has been working with Fairline to create new yachts such as the Targa 63 GTO - set to launch at Cannes Yachting Festival 2017 – and his creative flair has been utilised by Fairline’s design team. The upgrades to the 48-foot range include a reworked interior to maximise quality, comfort and style, along with a backlit ‘spear’ emblem on the hull, illuminating the word ‘Targa’. The updated interior has been made even more luxurious by the addition of the same hull windows that feature on the Targa 63 GTO - allowing the interior to be bathed in natural light. Russell Currie, Fairline’s Managing Director, says, “Fairline’s range of 48-foot boats features some of our most popular yachts, and we were eager to future-proof these much-loved models for our customers to enjoy for years to come. Mancini’s design expertise has significantly influenced every design decision we make at Fairline, and we are confident these upgrades will be well received by our customers across the globe.” Fairline’s …

  • New Release Targa 43 Reborn

    NEWS RELEASE The Targa 43 Reborn - Fairline unveils their all-new Targa 43 OPEN   Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, unveils imagery and the specification of its stunning Targa 43 OPEN following the announcement of the all-new model earlier this year. Set to launch in Spring 2018, the Targa 43 OPEN express cruiser is set to become the spiritual successor to the original, and phenomenally popular, Targa 43 with almost 300 produced by Fairline between 1997-2005 – a model which remains highly sought after in the brokerage market. This sleek and stylish cruiser is emphasised by an eye-catching, tapered hull window that accentuates the dynamic character of this sporty Targa model. Taking inspiration from Alberto Mancini’s design of the recently launched Targa 63 GTO, the Targa 43 OPEN features the leading edge styling that is synonymous with Mancini and this new age of Fairline Yachts. Head of Design at Fairline Yachts, Andrew Pope, says, “The Targa 43 was a sensationally popular model for Fairline and we are confident that the new Targa 43 OPEN will be a more-than worthy successor. It really maximises its day boat credentials, offering garage space to accommodate a Williams 285 TurboJet, a high-low platform with 300kg lifting capacity - ideal for a Sea-Doo Spark - and an expansive, social cockpit space with outdoor bar and twin pilot seats at the helm. As with all our boats, we have tried hard to …

  • Fairline’s Targa 63 GTO crowned winner

    Fairline’s Targa 63 GTO crowned winner at 2017 World Yachts Trophies   British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, was last night announced as the winner of the best exterior design in the 50-80ft yachts category at the highly coveted World Yachts Trophies, the annual ‘Oscars’ of the yachting industry. The award-winning star of the night was Fairline’s newly-launched Targa 63 GTO, the culmination of the brand’s collaboration with world-renowned superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini - who also picked up the esteemed Designer of the Year award. The Targa 63 GTO features the world-class combination of Mancini’s stunning Italian styling, rigorous and proven naval architecture by renowned Dutch firm Vripack and the hand-crafted, made in Great Britain quality of Fairline’s passionate and skilled craftsmen. Judges commended Fairline, praising the quality, craftsmanship and collaborative work that went into creating the Targa 63 GTO. The World Yachts Trophies are one of the world’s most prestigious award ceremonies in the luxury motor yacht industry, with the honours attributed to only the finest boats and builders of the last 12 months. Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, comments on the award win, “This award is testament to the hard work of all the Fairline Yachts team over the last 18 months. The award cements our place as one of the ‘brands to beat’ …

  • Christmas Hampers

        Leigh-Smith Yachts are planning to greatly increase our Christmas Hamper Appeal this year (2017) to a whopping 300+ hampers and would welcome any support / donations with goods or simply a donation of your time. We plan to have a full assembly day or two (if required) in late November/early December at Sanctuary Cove. Get involved and make a difference this year.      We plan to have a full assembly day or two (if required) in late November/early December at Sanctuary Cove. Get involved and make a difference this year.  Your support or your company's support can be credited with signage on each of the Hampers.      For more information on how to get involved and make a difference for Christmas 2017 contact Sarah@LSYachts.com.au or your local Gold Coast Salvation Army site.       article from Gold Coast Bulletin December 2016  

  • Alaska 49 Review

    Since Leigh-Smith Yachts sold their first Alaska into Australia in 2003, the Leigh-Smith family have been near wholly responsible for over 90 boats being built in the 40-series alone with hull #94 due in early 2017. Barry Thompson went to the Gold Coast to check it out the 49 Alaska Sedan, their latest model.   The new 49 Alaska Sedan is a semi-traditional coastal cruiser that is going to be right at home cruising the Pittwater, Moreton Bay, Bay of Islands or Hauraki Gulf. The Alaska Range are equally comfortable in these surrounds but also excel as coastal cruisers for those extended runs and the explorers amongst us. Ryan Leigh-Smith, Director of Leigh-Smith Yachts, builders of the Alaska range, says he often refers to the Alaska 40- Series range as being the modern Moreton Bay Cruiser. “They slot into that genre and have all the aspects and looks of a Moreton Bay Cruiser, but with the agility and performance provided by the bigger engines. The 49 Alaska follows the existing 43 Alaska (13.11m) and 47 Alaska (14.33m) and is soon to be joined by a 55 Alaska, 59 Alaska and a 62 Alaska. All boats are available in either sedan or flybridge, but in recent years it has been the sedan versions that have proven the most popular by a ratio for nearly 2:1. “There is a definite appeal with the sedan range and we feel that our boats have found a stable place in the market, with sales over the last few years been extremely steady”, says Ryan. & …

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  • Fairline 48 GT Launch @ Sanctuary Cove Boatshow

    Fairline 48 GT Launch @ The Sanctuary Cove Boatshow 2018       Leigh-Smith Yachts will host the latest Fairline 48 GT launch at SCIBS, with shares in the boat based at Sanctuary Cove available in a managed syndication Leigh-Smith Yachts will display an impressive line-up of world-class motor yachts at this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), where the local Queensland boating family and business is one of only a few to display for all 30 years consecutive years of SCIBS. Making its Australian debut is the new 2018 Fairline Targa 48 GT, a stunning new model from the pen of designer Alberto Mancini with engineering by the highly awarded design studio Vripack. The Targa 48 is a sleek, streamlined vessel with three cabins and double ensuites, large saloon and a galley-up design well suited to the Australian boating lifestyle. The midships master cabin is large and well appointed. The second forward cabin has the versatility of converting from a V-berth to a double bed making the boat suitable for a family or two couples and the dinette can also convert to a third double bed. The electric hard top roof when opened lets light flood into the spacious, sociable upper deck that offers plentiful seating, a fold-out teak table and large sunbed. A garage in the back deck a can accommodate a sizeable RIB and along with the submersible swim platform makes this boat a versatile and exceptional design from …

  • Fairline lifts lid on Esprit concept boat at ExCeL

    Fairline lifts lid on Esprit concept boat at ExCeL    New concept Fairline Esprit is a hybrid-powered 30ft sportsboat designed with sustainability in mind Fairline has taken a leaf out of the automotive book and has turned up to the London Boat Show with an exciting concept design. The Fairline Esprit is a 30ft hybrid sportsboat that comes in cuddy cabin and bowrider forms and is designed to whip along at 30 knots from a single sterndriven 400hp diesel or motor silently at 5 knots under electric power. Sustainability was a key driving force behind the design, according to Fairline, which proposes using bio-derived epoxy resins in the construction and recycled synthetic composite teak for the decks. Resin infusion will keep things light to maximise performance and economy while LED lights throughout will keep power draw to a minimum. On the bowlder version, Fairline has designed a solar T-top that can fold away to cover the bow seating when not in use, the panels being used to power the ultrasonic antifouling system and keep batteries charged. One of the most exciting elements of the new design, and one which we hope to see on future boats, is a chartplotter and system information display built into the central boss of the steering wheel. This could show the radar display, the autopilot, charts or how much fuel is in the tanks. Fairline even said it hadn’t ruled out flappy paddle controls. As with most car …

  • FAIRLINE SQUADRON 53 REVIEW – Motorboat Magazine

    FAIRLINE SQUADRON 53 REVIEW by Motorboat Magazine     The first thing that strikes you when you set foot inside the saloon of the Fairline Squadron 53 is that it smells right. Bear with me on this. The smell is one of quality, of leather and wood, the sort of smell you would expect if you were to walk into a Bentley showroom. This sets the tone for an interior that, in terms of finish, is put together in the way that a Fairline should be.   It’s no secret that towards the end of the former Fairline regime, corners were being cut quite drastically – just read our report on the Squadron 48 from the January 2014 issue. There’s none of this on the 53 though – it’s all meticulously lacquered woods, diverse and rich textures and an air of quality that makes it feel a bit special.   The cabinet just aft of the lower helm encapsulates the new approach well. Its glossy lustre is bolstered by its design, which ignores the temptation to employ hard angles in an attempt to feel more contemporary and instead, sports soft curves and subtle fiddles.   Its fascia is a mix of leather panelling and stainless-steel highlighting, and it’s flanked by materials around the helm that blend soft-touch plastics with diamond-quilted leather that look and feel as classy as it gets.   It’s the same story in the cabins where the master suite bursts with thoughtful styling, including …