British luxury cruising with that Aussie touch
Reviewed Sep 2016
Unlike many European-designed vessels made for conditions in the Mediterranean, the Fairline Squadron 50 is well suited to the open-plan and relaxed outdoor living that we love in Australia.
The extra refrigeration is most welcome, the galley is in the middle of all the action (that is, back aft) on the saloon deck and no-one is left out in the cold. Even the skipper is included whether he or she be on the flybridge or the main helm. There’s dedicated sleeping for six people and any overflow can soon settle down on the luxury settees...
Fairline threw away the rule book and came up with something full of zip and zest
Reviewed Oct 2016
Getting forward means walking along a narrow side deck and is probably not something you would want to do at anything but very slow speeds. Once you’ve made it there, the capacious foredeck is a great place to kick back both underway and at anchor. Well-designed, self-draining lockers house cushions and offer plenty of deck storage space for loungers wanting some fun in the sun. The lockers open up gull-wing fashion and are held up by gas struts, which is handy when you are trying to get ropes and fenders ready for arrival in a marina. The anchor windlass from Lewmar is fitted with a workmanlike Delta anchor that looks up to its job...
Brings a bit of clever to the flybridge market
Reviewed Sep 2016
Boarding is easy even if the tender is stowed, since twin stairs lead to the teak-plank cockpit, which gets sun protection from the overhanging cantilevered bridge. Access is via easy stairs to port, and this bridge is huge! Stretching forward from above the transom to the venturi windscreen, it could comfortably seat all of your in-laws on the full-width divan aft, which curves into another couch to starboard. A folding table serves the family dinner or cocktails for a few. A console on the port side holds a grill and wet bar with refrigerator or ice maker...