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Fairline Squadron 42

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At last the wait is over — the eagerly-anticipated Fairline Squadron 42 has just arrived in Cape Town and this unique flybridge motor yacht is all she promised and more.

This 42.5-footer (beam of 4.22 m) is an explosion of style, aesthetics and performance unprecedented in a cruiser of this compact size. She’s undoubtedly one of Fairline’s masterpieces in the Squadron range and one which has been well worth waiting for.

Fairline Squadron 42Importer Derrick Levy of Boating World is thrilled with the new Fairline and can’t wait to show her off to the many discerning boaters who have heard all about her imminent arrival.

Traditionally, the London-manufactured Fairline Squadrons have been the largest yachts in this internationally renowned series until this dynamo came onto the scene. And being the smallest model in the range she comes in at a far lower price without losing any of the design and technology advances pioneered in her famous larger siblings. In fact the Squadron 42 even adds a number of new practical, cutting-edge innovations!

Fairline Squadron Inside Review
Fairline Squadron Inside Review

The Squadron 42 looks the part, with sensational sweeping lines and futuristic panoramic windows giving that edgy appeal. What’s more, she’s also packed for action with explosive power from two powerful twin Volvo 435 HP motors.

What gets me though, is that as soon as I stepped onboard I was immediately struck by gracious elegance, synonymous with any luxurious bigger boat and her spaciousness adds to the forthcoming surprises you can expect to encounter.

Expansive windows throughout flood the boat with light which increases the feeling of roominess and gives plenty of ambient light inside the craft.

The sense of space and ‘big boat’ luxury is further enhanced by the extra large flybridge which is completely open. After all, being outdoors is what it’s all about — there’s nothing better than feeling the sun on your face and the wind in your hair while you power across the water on a beautiful day.

Fairlin Squadron on the Water
Fairlin Squadron on the Water

The flybridge is an ideal place for entertaining a crowd of guests which can be seated comfortably. Dual steering controls means the pilot can also join in on the fun outside while skippering from the flybridge.

The fly bridge area can accommodate optional extras such as icemaker, sink, fridge and BBQ griddle.

The flybridge helm has all the mod cons from a wheel that tilts, sliding seats to well-placed throttles and footrests. From here the pilot has complete control of the twin 435 HP Volvos. The manufacturer claims that these powerhouse inboards can propel the craft to 30 knots flat out. And as for going the distance, the excellent fuel consumption (996-litres fuel capacity) means far away destinations are now within reach.


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