The Fairline Fifty was an instant success, selling 24 models in its first six months and ultimately achieving an astonishing run of 125 craft
The Fairline Fifty made its debut appearance at the 1986 Southampton Boat Show, at the peak of the mid-1980s boating boom. It was an instant success, selling 24 models in its first six months and ultimately achieving an astonishing run of 125 craft. It took Fairline into a new market, preparing the company and its customers for the introduction of its Squadron series a couple of years later.
In their pre-launch publicity for the Fifty, Fairline quoted a base price of around £150,000 ex VAT. By the time the boat appeared nine months later this had risen to £175,000 and the model we tested for our 1987 boat report was priced at £216,500 plus VAT including £27,000’s worth of extras, representing a total cost to the buyer of over £250,000. Currently, an earlier model should fetch around £150,000, a later one with the larger engines around £170,000 and a Series II/Fifty One over £200,000.