The highly anticipated Fairline F Line 33 hit the water in London before its public launch at the Cannes Boat Show
At a glittering event in the heart of London last night (August 29), the covers finally came off the Fairline F Line 33 before its official show debut at the Cannes Boat Show.
This 32ft 9in (9.99m), 45-knot sportsboat is the result of months of collaborative work between Fairline’s in house design team and Alberto Mancini. Few boats translate so well from drawing board to reality but the F Line 33 looks even better in the flesh.
The process of getting it to production has not eroded its style or depth of detail with features like the frameless windscreen, striking window line and upright bow all surviving the transition from render to real life. This commitment to fine detailing doesn’t come cheap though, with prices starting from £324,000 inc VAT for the twin 430hp V8 petrol version.
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Step on board and there is more to enjoy like the boarding gates, which allow access to the sidedecks but also blend seamlessly into the line of the windows when they are closed. And the drop-down bathing platform, a key feature of the early drawings, is in situ and deploys at the touch of a button to create some extra deck space directly over the water.
A central seating area that is flanked by walkways to ease movement around the deck dominates the cockpit. The bench seats around the dinette have two-way backrests to add to their flexibility and the table drops down on its telescopic legs to become a sunpad.
Sandwiched between this area and the helm is a substantial wetbar, which is also the mounting point for the optional GRP hardtop and contains a sink, induction hob, fridge, ice maker and bespoke storage for crockery.
The helm isn’t as rakish as the rest of the boat and the seats look a little lacking in support for a twin sterndrive boat capable of 45 knots but we will reserve judgment until we’ve had a drive.
Below decks the F Line 33 surprises with an open plan saloon and separate double cabin that is of greater dimensions than you might expect. The convertible dinette means that you could sleep four adults at a push, though the wet room style heads is a bit cramped.
As well as the top of the range V8s there is another (twin 240hp) petrol option and a twin 220hp diesel option, both good for a top speed of 33 knots.
There are some question marks like how easy the F Line 33 will be to crew with exposed side decks and no guardrails and whether performance with the diesel engines will be potent enough but initial impressions are extremely positive. We can’t wait to get it out on the water.
LOA: 32ft 9in (9.99m)
Beam: 11ft 6in (3.5m)
Displacement: 6.6 tonnes (light)
Engines: Twin petrol or diesel up to 860hp
Top speed: 45 knots
Price from: £324,000 inc VAT