Fairline Squadron 68: the new 21-meter cruiser

Fairline Squadron 68
Fairline Squadron 68

When the know-how of a boatyard like Fairline, one of the best known in England, is combined with the modern style of a designer like Alberto Mancini, the result is guaranteed. The boatyard has launched the new version of the Fairline Squadron 68 in 2021, giving this 21-metre powerboat all the elements to be one of the top models of the next season. Let’s climb aboard to see what she looks like while waiting to see her debut live at Ocean Village, between mid-January and mid-March.

Fairline Squadron 68

The external lines of this boat, the yard’s flagship, have been revised to enhance the family feeling with the other models in the range. The main changes, however, concern the interior.

With this exciting renovation,” says Fairline’s managing director, Peter McNulty, “the Squadron 68 offers even more practicality and comfort. In true Fairline style, our interior designers have worked on a modern, yet classically timeless feel that sets the tone for future Fairline models.”

Fairline Squadron 68 – Deck

We are on a 21-metre cruiser. The boatyard’s goal was therefore to ensure comfort and liveability of the interior, but above all of the exterior. Starting from the stern, we immediately find a large platform that can also be lowered into the water. The contemporary market requires this type of boat to have stern areas that are increasingly equipped as beach clubs. From this large area, two stairs lead to the stern cockpit, where there is space to enjoy the surroundings in total relaxation. Directly communicating with this is the saloon, which has some interesting new features: the first is the galley, where the space for moving around has been increased, as has the capacity of the fridge/freezer. At the same time, there is a counter directly overlooking the cockpit.

Fairline Squadron 68 under way
Fairline Squadron 68 under way

Forward on the right there is a sofa while on the left there is a large dining area that can accommodate all the guests on board around the table. All this is behind an elevated helm station from which there is a 360-degree view of everything around the yacht, thanks to the large windows.

Fairline Squadron 68 - Salon
Fairline Squadron 68 – Salon

Fairline Squadron 68 – Flybridge

Is there an ideal place to relax on board this yacht? It depends on your taste, but certainly the flybridge is a great option. Designed with three distinct areas you can choose between the triple deck seating, the dining area or the forward seating, depending on your “mood”. And this applies both at anchor and when sailing. A sunset seen from the flybridge, whether cruising or at anchor, is priceless.

Fairline Squadron 68 – Interior

As previously mentioned, the interior layout of the new Fairline Squadron 68 has been completely redesigned. Two different configurations are available below deck: the first has three cabins, while the second has four. In both cases, the yard’s aim was to create large, airy, light spaces that are easy to live in, even for long periods. Lightness is therefore an essential element of this section, for which the yard has relied on its experience and knowledge of the market.

Fairline Squadron 68 - Cabin
Fairline Squadron 68 – Cabin

The master cabin has a king-size bed, a desk with stool and drawer to starboard and a large sofa to port. The guest cabin has been enlarged compared to the previous model: optionally the twin berths can be converted into a double. In terms of materials and colours, the new “Beach Club” interior uses earth tones, deep blue tones, natural textures and linen weaves. This gives lightness and dynamism on board. The floors are made of oak wood, the furniture is lacquered, while there are also luxury carpets made of natural fibres and wooden details with vertical slats to give an idea of order and calm.

Fairline Squadron 68 – Technical Specs

Length overall (incl. pulpit): 21.12m
Beam (incl. gunwale): 5.23m
Draft: 1.57m unloaded
Berths: 6 to 10
Engine: 2 x Caterpillar C18-1150 shaft drive, diesel (2300hp)2 x MAN V8 1200 shaft drive, diesel (2400hp)
Max speed 30 knots
Fuel capacity: 4680 litres
Water capacity (incl. calorifier):  1080 litres
Dry weight (approx.): 39.37 tonnes / 44 US tons (40,000kg)
Type approval CECategory B
People 16

For further info, please visit: fairline.com

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