I am going to post about a beautiful boat, a boat that I would like to own, a classic boat with a modern hull.
Off course modern because it has a bulbed keel to improve weight, but with long overhangs that does not serve any purpose...except an aesthetically one and that are entirely justified...the boat would not make sense without them and who cares about functionalism and that maxim: form follows function. That form only follows a long forgotten rule that had little to do with boat performance
The boat, as the others from Fairlie, is designed by Paul Spooner and it is made in a semi custom way. Take a look at this wonderful movie
that among other things explain why these boats have to be expensive.
Fairlie 55 -Timelapse.mov - YouTube
The boat is a 55ft boat and Farlie is the shipyard that makes them, as its own boats since this company mainly restores classics.
This Fairlie 55 as just been launched.
One of the big downside of these boats are its small interior dimension. This is a 55ft boat, but the interior has the space of a modern 40ft boat interior.
But the insurmountable problem with a boat like this one, at least for most of us, it is its price. This type of boat is very very expensive, this one costs 1 172 000€.
If we still sailed in boats like these there would very few that could afford a cruiser with space for all the family
They say about the boat:
Designed for both cruising and racing, this magnificent yacht reflects the style and quality of a golden age of yachting. This coupled with a modern underwater body and rig, creates a yacht which is as easy to handle as any modern yacht on the market today. She will be admired and envied in any marina or anchorage and with her performance rig and sails will show many of her closest rivals a clean pair of heels.
The hull is constructed from a laminated mahogany backbone and frames, with a layer of Douglas fir strip planking, two layers of mahogany veneers laid at 45 degrees and one layer fore & aft. The entire structure is laminated using West System Epoxy Resin and is finally covered with two layers of GRP for protection.
The deck is built from a layer of marine plywood grooved on the underside, and laid with 12mm thick, swept teak decking with a varnished king plank, covering boards and toe rail.
The ultra-modern fin and bulb keel has an SG cast iron fin and a lead bulb and is assembled and bolted through the hull structure. The spade rudder is a laminated plywood blade with a stainless steel shaft.
The hull is painted with an Awlgrip / International urethane paint system on the topsides and a hard antifouling.
The Fairlie 55, Spirit of Tradition Yacht
LOA – 16.8m
Lwl – 11.64m
Bmax – 3.5m
draft – 2.3/2.6m
Displacement – 10.1t
Sail Area – 117 sq m
Balast – 40%
On deck the varnish work will be Epiphanes Gloss Varnish.
Take a look at this beautiful movie
Fairlie 55 - Sailing in the Solent.mov - YouTube