MBY spies capture Fairline's newest over the w/e

MBY’s spies were out in the Solent over the weekend and spotted Fairline’s new model, a Squadron 55.

The standard boat is fitted with twin 775hp Volvo D12s which should deliver a top speed of 32 knots.

We couldn’t tell if they reached that in testing but the hull looked smooth at speed in what were uncomfortable seas.

Fairline have created a stylish and modern looking boat without really going overboard.

Those teak-lined struts for the radar arch are a new touch, while the long flybridge giving extra protection for the aft deck is another noticeable development.

Nestling in the foremost tip of the foredeck sunpad is a skylight. This should make for a very airy feel inside the forecabin and will be a bonus on hot Med days and nights in terms of ventillation.

Elsewhere the oversized ports and rounded corners keep pace with current market trends.

The interior boasts a full-beam owner’s cabin, as well as two en suite guest cabins and crew accommodation space aft.

The owner’s living space includes a great feature seen on other Fairlines – WC glass that converts from clear to opaque at the touch of a button.

The saloon boasts an electric lift LDC TV and a table that glides up from cocktail to dining height.

The galley is open plan but slightly raised from the living area and neatly separated with a screen.

If you like the look of it all, you’d better move fast. Fairline say orders are stretching into 2010.

The boat is an update on the original Squadron 55 which was launched in 1995 and although production ceased in 2004 is still a popular second hand model.

Hull number one is due to be delivered in the autumn and should be seen at the Southampton Boat Show.

LOA 55ft 5in (16.88m)
Beam 15ft 9in (4.80m)
Engines Twin 775hp Volvo Penta D12-800EVC
Top speed 32 knots
Price TBC

More of our pictures here .

There is more information about the boat on Fairline’s website here .