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  • 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 …