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Brief Summary

A sleek new European dayboat from British builder Fairline Yachts has reached our shores – the Fairline F//LINE 33. The deep-V boat has a cabin suitable for overnighting or spending a weekend onboard with a dedicated berth, V-settee, and an enclosed head. Twin Volvo Penta D3 diesel (220-hp) sterndrives are the standard powerplant, but speed can be improved with optional V8 430-hp gas engines from Volvo or Mercury.

Key Features

Key Features

  • Deep-V hull
  • Fold-down tailgate-style swim platform
  • Twin Volvo Penta D3 diesels and sterndrives
  • CE Category C rated with eight person capacity
  • Configurable cockpit sun pad and seating
  • Double berth

Engine Options

Tested Engine
Std. Power
Opt. Power

Captain's Report

Editor's Report by Capt. Peter d'Anjou

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The Fairline F//LINE 33.

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Alberto Mancini Yacht Design styled the F//LINE 33’s sculpted look. Unique are side doors on both sides and a tailgate style swim platform.

Mission

Fairline Yachts has collaborated with Italian designer Alberto Mancini to bring a distinctive euro look to their product line – “sleek, stylish, and thrilling, it is designed to deliver an exhilarating experience”.

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Designer Mancini describes the boat this way, “I believe that the F//LINE 33 is a real example of a classic 60s car design shaped into a small yacht.”

Fairline describes the F//LINE 33 as “A beautifully sculptured day boat… With Alberto Mancini’s intelligent design providing luxurious, relaxing space throughout, plus stunning finishing touches and the most up-to-date technology, the F//LINE 33 is not a boat that’s just ready to cruise to the nearest lunch spot – it’s ready for anything.”

Distinguishing Features

  • Tailgate-style swim platform

Major Features

  • Side entry doors to both port and starboard
  • Center helm console
  • Midships refreshment center with sink and refrigerator
  • Configurable sun pad and cockpit seating
  • Dedicated forward sun pad
  • Enclosed wet head

Design

deck plan
deck plan

All of the seating on deck is centered in the boat so the flow is designed to let passengers walk-around the helm chair and cockpit seating from either side. The refreshment center bar is between the helm chair and the cockpit seating. Below deck is a dedicated double berth, enclosed head and a V-settee forward.

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The F//LINE 33’s deep-V hull design is by J&J Design. Note the molded-in spray rail.

The layout and detailing design is a collaboration of Alberto Mancini Yacht Design and the Fairline Yachts Design Studio.

bow

The plumb bow has a distinctive euro look that has become popular with other builders like Axopar. While the boat has a forward sun pad reached by the sidedecks, it does not have bowrider seating – just a cover for the sun pad.

Construction

factory

Fairline’s manufacturing headquarters in Oundle, Northamptonshire is on the river Nene in the English Midlands. The birthplace of Fairline when Oundle Marina was first established in 1963, it continues to be the heart of Fairline’s operations and builds models up to 68’ (18 m) in size.

The F//Line 33 is built in Oundle, England using a resin-infusion process with integrally-molded engine supports and transverse and longitudinal strengthening stringers throughout. The deck is foam-cored for strength and thermal insulation.

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Fairline’s test and commissioning facility is located in Ipswich.
The Fairline F//Line 33 has a length overall of 32’9” (9.99 m) and a beam of 11’6” (3.5 m). The draft is 2’10” (0.87 m) and the dry weight is 13,291 lbs. (6,029 kg).

Fuel capacity is 180 gallons (680 L). Water capacity is 58 gallons (220 L) and black waste capacity equals 21 gallons (80 L).

Swim Platform

swim platform

With the tailgate down and the aft seat bolster flipped forward, a relaxing seat is created at the swim platform.

swim

The fold-down tailgate-style swim platform is a unique feature of the F//Line 33.

The swim platform has a pull-out wand showerhead.

Cockpit

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The cockpit has seating and dining space for six people.

cockpit

The cockpit seating converts to an aft sun pad.

sun pad

The aft sun pad can be approached from either side.

wet bar

The refreshment center faces forward and acts as a divider between the cockpit and helm.

Helm

windshield

The F//LINE 33 has a curved one-piece tinted glass windshield.

helm seat

The central helm bench seat can be approached from either side. Note the door leading to the sidedeck.

helm

The sliding hatch to go below is on the left. It stows in a pocket on the helm console’s left side where the drink holders are.

The helm is positioned center/right with a three spoked wheel with control buttons much like a car. There is a compass in-line with the wheel on the brow of the helm console. Above the wheel is a multifunction display for full engine monitoring, including digital tachometers, oil pressure gauges, temperature gauges, audible alarms, engine hour meters, and helm position indicator. A Volvo Penta joystick is to the right of the MFD for maneuvering and bow thruster control. To the left of the wheel are the trim tab controls and a Garmin VHF 315i marine radio.

throttle

To the right of the wheel is the electronic single-lever throttle and gear controls for port and starboard engines. A Fusion stereo is to the right of the throttles.

The twin helm bench seat has bolsters and is a fixed height.

Bow

bow sun pad

The bow has a permanent sun pad, a distinctive plumb shape and a plow anchor on a through-the-hull roller.

sun pad

While a relaxing spot, we don’t believe the forward sun pad is meant to be used while underway.

door

Doors lead from the cockpit to the sidedecks.

Cabin

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Belowdecks the engines are located aft under the sun pad. There is a berth with two hanging lockers and a central passageway leading forward into the cabin.

companionway

The companionway to the left of the helm has three steps leading down to a small platform. Sleeping quarters are seen on the left with the privacy door open.

settee

The mirror on the forward bulkhead over the settee reflects the companionway on the left, the passageway to the berth in the center, and the door to the head on the right.

The cabin has a fixed height table surrounded by a V-shaped sofa. LED ceiling lights, an opening overhead hatch, overhead lockers, storage lockers under the seating, and an electrical distribution panel complete the space.

Head

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The mirror above the vanity reflects the privacy door, the vessel sink, overhead LED lighting, and a portion of the skylight overhead.

shower

This shows the reflection of the shower wand on the bulkhead over the toilet.

The head includes an electric silent-flush freshwater toilet, an extractor fan and full set of bathroom fittings. The shower is a wet head type and has an automatic pump out, full standing height, and hot and cold running freshwater.

Aft Berth

aft berth

The aft berth has a double berth positioned athwartship, two half-height hanging lockers on either side of the entrance to the berth and overhead LED lighting. There is also an opening port for light and ventilation.

Equipment Discussion

A Bimini top is available and it is expected that a hardtop will be designed as an option for the boat. It is possible that an outboard version is being worked on, but there is no commitment from the builder as yet.

Power Options

volvo engine

The optional twin Volvo gas powered V8 480-hp engines are reported by the builder to achieve 48 knots at WOT in the F//LINE 33. The standard engines are said to produce top speeds of 32 knots.

2 x Volvo Penta D3-220 diesel, sterndrive (220-hp each)

2 x Volvo Penta V6-240 gas, sterndrive (240-hp each)

2 x Volvo Penta V8-430 gas, sterndrive (430-hp each)

2 x Mercruiser V8 8.2 430 gas, sterndrive (430-hp each)

engine

The engine space on the F//LINE 33 includes a blower exhaust system as would any gas powered inboard boat.

Price

$600,000 to $700,000 range, depending on exchange rate and options chosen.

Optional Equipment to Consider

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Pricing and options for the U.S. Market are being finalized.

Observations

A leading UK magazine, Motorboat & Yachting, nominated the F//Line 33, as a finalist in the 2020 Motor Boat of the Year Awards “Superboats” category. The F//Line 33 is also nominated for European Powerboat of the Year 2020 in the 25’ to 35’ (7.62 m to 10.67 m) category, where the jury’s attention is focused on family-friendliness, the overall interior design, and layouts offered. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during Boot Düsseldorf in January.

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The F//Line 33 is already in the U.S. with hull #2 at Fairline’s NE distributor, Total Marine. Word is that the boat will be available for viewing at the upcoming 2020 Miami International Boatshow.

Fairline has distributors in Florida, Cheasapeake Bay, Great Lakes, NY Metro area, and the Pacific Northwest.

The new F//LINE 33 shows the styling the company was going for and the builder-supplied speed numbers speak to the ‘thrilling’ performance aspect -- we eagerly look forward to a full inspection and test.