British yacht manufacturer Fairline has launched a new Squadron 58, designed to replace the Squadron 55. Inevitably comparison must be drawn to the previous Squadron 58, which was launched ten years ago. Judging only by specifications and performance data, there’s no obvious change over the last ten years, but once you step on board, the improvements are obvious indeed. The use of updated materials and construction techniques like hand-laid unidirectional fibers has enabled Fairline to make a lighter hull, allowing for precious weight to be used in an improved interior with far more accommodation space.

The Squadron 58 hull is from the drawing-board of Cowes-based designer Bernard Olesinski. He has been working with Fairline for a number of years, and also produces hull forms for other luxury yacht manufacturers such as Princess. Belowdecks, Fairline’s in-house team excelled at the revised interior design.

Often yacht interiors promise much and fall short, but Fairline’s approach to design, eye for detail, and quality of finish could be compared to luxury car manufacturers. Standard finish is in a light and easily managed satin-finished American white oak and wenge hardwood. There are three choices of upholstery; Elegance, Classic, and Sport, giving a comprehensive range of fabric and carpet style, exclusive to Fairline.Fairline Squadron 58 with Tender

The Fairline-patented hydraulic passerelle and RIB-launch system are features that add to the functionality of this luxury yacht, while the generous teak swim platform provides additional waterline length, aiding performance. The platform leads to a teak-laid al-fresco area aft, with a full-length seating area. As an option, an additional cabin with en-suite head and aft portholes can be housed below the sofa, providing ideal accommodations for a charter skipper or crew. Access to the engine room is via a hatch on the aft deck.

The three-stage patio door leads into the main saloon, with a coffee table and well-appointed wrap-around sofa for up to eight guests. Entertainment is provided by a 32” LCD TV and a Bose Sound System, which includes an iPod docking station. Storage lockers abound, but there is a wealth of circulation space, giving an airy and uncluttered feel to this inviting lounge.

Fairline Squadron 58 deck layout

Forward of the main saloon is the galley and dining area. Avonite, a leading American surfaces manufacturer, provide ideal work surfaces in a galley fit for a luxury home. The dining area comfortably seats six guests, and Fairline adds a nice touch by including their own china dinner service, cutlery, and lead crystal glassware, which all fits neatly into the built-in storage areas provided.

The main helm position is forward of the galley, with good visibility and shelter provided by an integral windscreen with wipers. There are two independent seats, which are adjustable, as is the steering wheel. Full engine controls and navigational aids are available in a variety of packages, but the standard yacht comes with a good set-up including autopilot, radar, and a Garmin GPS system.

Fairline Squadron 58 cabin layout

Belowdecks there’s an impressive master stateroom, forward stateroom, and starboard guest cabin. Including the optional aft crew cabin, the Squadron 58 has seven berths. All of the forward cabins and en-suite heads have full standing headroom, and all berths come with sprung mattresses with integrated draws and their own bed linen. The master suite has panoramic hull windows, giving excellent natural light and a wealth of wardrobes and storage units. It also has
its own separate Bose sound system and 22” LCD TV.

The Squadron 58 is a tri-deck, and the flybridge is beautifully thought-out. The helm position and wheel are adjustable. Power-steering, remote anchor control and repeater autopilot controls mean that the Squadron 58 is easily manageable from the flybridge. There is a companion seat at the helm, as well as dedicated seating with a large teak-inlaid dining table aft. The flybridge bar has a refrigerator, sink, and electric griddle, ideal for barbeques. There is a large sunbathing area forward of the helm position, a second iPod input jack, and waterproof speakers.Fairline Squadron 58 Specifications

Even with this wealth of accommodation, the Squadron 58 is capable of a scorching 32 knots with 1600 hp delivered by twin Volvo Penta D-13 engines. (An 1800-hp option is also available.) The propellers are set in semi-tunnels, enabling the engines to be located farther aft, reducing draft and improving efficiency.

In short, this is a fantastic improvement on the previous Squadron 58. It is also worth noting that the older models can fetch over £500,000 in mint condition. The new Squadron 58 retails at £885,000 ex-VAT, suggesting that the new Squadron 58 should hold its value.

Louay Habib is a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in the UK who writes for some of the most prestigious magazines and clubs all over the world, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Volvo Ocean Race.

Written by: Louay Habib
Louay Habib is a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in the UK who writes for some of the most prestigious magazines and clubs all over the world, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Volvo Ocean Race.