The new F33 is fast, sporty, ideal for the weekends. The British shipyard has realized an entry-level which is not just a smaller version of its top models
by Niccolò Volpati
As soon as the F33 left the yard, it attended a party in its honor on the Thames. It almost had no time to toast brfore it had to run to Cannes and then to Genoa for the boat shows and, finally, a few days of well-deserved rest before the sea trials in the Mediterranean. We had the chance to test it at length in the Gulf of Cannes and you will find the complete report on the pages of Barche, but now we are eager to tell you about the first impressions.
It’s a different boat to how you would expect a Fairline. It is not only smaller, but it is also different from the fly and hardtop ranges that the yard makes. The British seem to be very competitive in the entry-level range. Princess started with the R35 made of carbon, then Sunseeker did the same with a super-fast 38-footer; finally, the F33 by Fairline made its appearance, which is fast but not so extreme.
With two Volvo 440 hp petrol engines, we exceeded 47 knots, despite a choppy and rather annoying sea. At minimum planning the speed was 14 knots and a half, so the cruising speed range is more than 30 knots. At 25 knots, the instruments indicated a total of 84 liters/hour, with a consumption of 3.4 liters per mile. The same value, that of 3.4 liters, even at a speed of 30 knots, with an instantaneous consumption of 103 liters/hour.
The deck is versatile. Thanks to the electric movement of the cockpit table and folding backrests, it turns from a living area into a sunbathing area. And there is also a cabin with a separate WC below deck.
There are many options for motorization: you can opt for lower power if you don’t want to experience a 50-knot speed and also choose the type of fuel.
Despite being a day cruiser or a weekender, the F33 can also be used as a tender for a mega yacht. For this reason, the diesel engine is certainly more appropriate, because it allows you not to have a different type of fuel than that of the main engine.
(Test Impressions F33 Fairline – Make way for the young! – 2019 October)