British motoryacht builder Fairline recently celebrated the 100th launch of the Squadron 78 (MATCH 2) and introduced a hard top version of the popular Fairline vessel. The original Squadron 78 launched in 2003. Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Fairline Boats, commented on the 12 years of success, noting Fairline’s assurance that each Squadron 78 “is crafted to the owner’s exacting requirements, creating beautifully customized and bespoke luxury motor yachts.” He added, “The combination of great sea-keeping, the highest build quality, customization and strong residual value underlines the Squadron 78 as a market leader and will continue to do so well into the future.”
Fairline typically manufactures smaller vessels below the 26 North Yachts’ specialty range, but this one captures our interest due to its size and custom offerings. MATCH2 was apparently the most customized Squadron 78 model to date, with almost 400 custom items, making for an exciting and challenging project. This is the fifth Fairline for the owner and his second Squadron 78. In addition to the custom options, Fairline Squadron flybridge yachts appeal to an owner who desires flowing interior spaces and well-proven design features matched with the latest advances in engineering and technology. Fairline boasts that its standard equipment list exceeds any yacht in its sector.
Those flowing spaces are evident throughout the Squadron 78, including the spacious main saloon, flybridge deck and private staterooms with complementing light and space. Exotic woods and hand-select granite are just some of the fine materials found inside and out. Three or four cabins may be configured, including extension of the owner’s suite, in addition to numerous head and galley choices. The flush transom features an integrated gull-wing door that opens to a self-contained crew cabin area.
Fairline’s Squadron 78 also now offers as a custom option an integrated fixed flybridge hard top with electric retractable canvas panel. The Squadron 78 commanding flybridge deck is generously outfitted with large sunning areas and ample spaces for outdoor entertaining, including a sizeable teak feature table with “secret” lights that provide nighttime ambience. A bar, icemaker, refrigerator and barbecue serve the dining area as well as forward lounge area. A davit and water toy fit nicely aft.
With a design that locates her heavy items over the center of buoyancy, the Fairline Squadron 78 boasts excellent seakeeping and comfort with low vibration. Fairline recommends twin configurations of MAN 1360 CRM diesels with 1,360 mhp each (33 knots) or CAT C32-1622 diesels with 1,622 mhp each (35 knots). The Fairline Squadron 78 beam measures 18’8” with a draft of 5’3”.
Jack Newington launched the first Fairline in 1967. The first in the Squadron range launched in the early ‘90s. With a proud history of excellence, quality and integrity, Fairline has launched over 12,000 yachts displaying exquisite craftsmanship advanced construction and engineering techniques and the latest design trends and technology. Fairline is in a current phase of expansion of its worldwide dealer network, including the most recent addition in Israel to target the opportunities in the Middle East.