The new Fairline coastal factory will be in Hythe, Southampton and open in the late summer of 2018, building boats over 60ft

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Hythe in Southampton has been announced as the location for the Fairline coastal factory.

Plans for a coastal facility were announced by Fairline at Cannes Boat Show but the size and location has been a closely guarded secret until now, with speculation that it would be in Ipswich where the company currently has a waterside commissioning base. Article continues below…

The factory will cover 18,000 square metres, which is expected to take nine months to build, with the facility due to open late summer 2018. The new site will operate alongside Fairline’s existing Oundle base.

Production of boats up to 60ft will continue at the inland site, with the new facility handling builds of boats larger that.

Fairline coastal factory

The site will create around 200 jobs in Southampton

Boat testing, commissioning and customer handovers will also operate from the new premises, which will have deep water berths suitable for large vessels.

It is expected that the new facility will initially create up to 200 jobs in the Southampton area.

Russell Currie, managing director of Fairline Yachts, commented: “Our new site, to be named Fairline Marine Park, will boast state-of-the-art facilities, giving us room to expand and create bigger boats, as well as making the most of the existing boat building skills in the location.

“By increasing our manufacturing capabilities across both Northampton and Southampton, we are future-proofing Fairline Yachts and retaining our commitment of investing in British boat building.”