Fairline Yachts has signed contracts with a design company to create ‘new and innovative’ yachts.
The Oundle firm will be working with the Alberto Mancini Yacht Design studio in what the company has called an “exciting strategic move to secure its collaboration to design new and innovative yachts that will surprise, excite and delight Fairline customers throughout the world”.
Head of design at Fairline Yachts Andrew Pope said: “Following an exhaustive selection process we are delighted to announce this design partnership.
“Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future new models.
“The addition of Vripack and the excellence in naval engineering that they bring will ensure each of our new models are at the leading edge of marine technology.”
Alberto Mancini has been responsible for the design of a number of innovative yachts launched in the last few years and has worked alongside many well-known shipyards on yachts ranging from 24 to 55 meters.
He said: “I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both the interior and exterior.
“My inspiration is taken from my experience in the mega yacht field, but also from Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic, usable yachts for almost 50 years.
“In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950s and 1960s when famous British car makers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.
“No doubt the best way to create a successful yacht is to receive a blank sheet of paper and begin sketching – and that is exactly what I am right now doing for Fairline Yachts.
“With the expertise of Vripack I believe we have the perfect collaboration of British craftsmanship, Italian style and Dutch engineering.”
Managing director of Fairline Yachts Russell Currie said: “Introducing the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini with the engineering excellence of Vripack to the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already have at Fairline makes an exciting combination.
“I look forward to showing our new product designs over the coming weeks and months.”
The first of the Mancini - Fairline Yacht designs will be announced shortly.