Preview – Fairline, the new Squadron 68

Same hull, but a new interior. This is Fairline’s new Squadron 68 which was shown live for the first time at the Cannes Boat Show

by Niccolò Volpati

Fairline‘s goal is the same as everyone else’s: to increase space. And the yard interprets this need in two ways. Increase the volumes and also the size of the furnishings. Apparently, these are two antithetical concepts, but the feeling you get on board is that they have succeeded.

The galley area, for example, has a large worktop, a very capacious fridge/freezer and a bar area. A logical deduction would be that such a rich layout would fill the space to capacity. Instead, this is not the case. This is also thanks to the many windows, the sliding doors and hardtop roof and the concealed hatches that accentuate the relationship between interior and exterior spaces. In addition to the galley, the saloon is occupied by two living areas for maximum comfort.

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The owner’s cabin makes full use of the boat’s beam.

There are two versions available for the sleeping area: three- or four-cabin. The master cabin is full-beam and benefits from all the room’s volume. In addition to a double berth, there is a sofa and a table with a stool. The guest cabin also has generous volumes; the berth can be double or split into two single beds thanks to an electric movement.

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Water lines and deck remained the same as the previous version.

The open-air spaces are always developed on the deck and flybridge. The latter extends to protect the entire cockpit and therefore has a surface area capable of offering sunbathing and a leaving area, as well as a second pilot station. On deck, on the other hand, the stern and bow divide the tasks: in the cockpit there is a U-shaped settee and table, while the sundeck is in the bow area. Overall, the new design convinced me because it managed to modernise a classic style. The result is a layout that will last and not go out of fashion in a hurry.

In the opening photo, the interior of the 68 has been completely redesigned. More space for windows and continuity between interior and exterior spaces.

(Preview – Fairline, the new Squadron 68 – Barchemagazine.com – September 2022)