It’s always seemed odd that one of Britain’s premier semi-custom yacht builders did much of its handiwork in jumbled series of factories around a landlocked town called Oundle. Driving to the place required winding along many miles of narrow roads through Tudor-era towns with thatch roofs. To come upon a boatbuilding facility—and one that’s been responsible for more than 10,000 launches in its 42-year history—is a surprise. But Fairline Boats continues to thrive and make ever-larger models, although now the company has a product development facility on saltwater where it commissions its big boats. Introduced last fall, the Fairline Squadron 65, while not the largest, is the latest addition to the company’s flagship line. She is a stylish, although not extreme, well-crafted motor yacht with the legs of a thoroughbred.
Anyone who’s been to England knows the indigenous craft tend to be, well, braced for the elements. They can be boxy, not particularly pretty and made to overcome the notoriously snotty weather those folks are forced to do their boating in. With 95 percent of its production going overseas, Fairline is not tethered to such conventions. Hence, the Squadron 65 more resembles a Mediterranean sun-worshipping machine than a dowdy, weather-resistant product of the old sod.
The flybridge deck is completely al fresco. Were you in an environment where the weather cooperates, it would be hard to imagine spending daylight hours anywhere else. Settees and sun pads are in abundance and beg to be used. The deck has plenty of room for entertaining. And let’s not forget the upper helm. It could be assumed that would be the best seat in the house on a nice day barreling along at 35 knots.
The Squadron 65 has a relatively sedate interior—clean and contemporary. Its design and décor flourishes are quite subtitle and yachtsmen must pay close attention to detail. As always with Fairline, the joinery is finished to a high spec. The Squadron 65 has accommodations for six, plus two crew in an optional cabin aft. All cabins have en suite facilities. The master amidships and the VIP forward have beds of equal scale. The master bath is a bit more elaborate.
The power options available, from MAN and Caterpillar, vary slightly in horsepower from just over 1,000, but according to company information, will push the boat to top speeds in the mid-30 knot range. Driving a 65-foot, 30-ton boat traveling 35 knots is an exhilarating experience, especially if you’re on the flybridge. Fuel burn? Forget about it. Just keep an eye on the needle and go.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!