Luxury boat manufacturer introduces new hard-top version of top-selling model

Fairline Squadron 78 custom model NNL-140320-102316001
Fairline Squadron 78 custom model NNL-140320-102316001
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Fairline Boats have introduced a new model of one of its most popular boats.

The Corby and Oundle-based boat manufacturer has introduced a new hard-top version of the Squadron 78 Custom model.

To date, Fairline have sold Squadron 78s worth £200 million.

The hard-top version of the boat has been designed to give customers even greater flexibility.

The new model recently concluded sea trials at Fairline’s technical centre in Ipswich and the first boat has already been handed over to her new owner.

A new fixed hard-top surrounding an electric retractable canvas roof brings a permanent structure to the boat’s commanding flybridge, complete with LED downlighters, large dedicated sunloungers and superyacht-style stainless steel guardrails.

With the first model unveiled in 2003, all 100 of Fairline’s Squadron 78 models have been designed and built at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Oundle.

Fairline’s most customisable boat, more than 10,000 individual customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s by Fairline’s teams of dedicated boatbuilders.

Fairline’s most highly customised model ever was a Squadron 78 Custom called Match 2 - with almost 400 custom items.

Chief executive Kevin Gaskell said: “We are very excited to be launching a hard-top version of the Squadron 78 Custom, a model that has proved to be the most successful in its category.

“We have always sought ways to adapt our range to the needs of our customers, with the help of our talented design and factory teams. The Squadron 78 Custom is a great example of this, as our most bespoke Fairline boat ever.”

Squadron 78 statistics:

The total value of all the Squadron 78s sold to date is £200million

If you moored all 100 Squadron 78s in a line they would be 1.5 miles in length.

Over 10,000 customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s – making it the most bespoke and customised Fairline boat ever

Over 160,000 man hours to undertake those customisations

The 100 boats have used 10,600 square metres of luxury carpet

558 tonnes of Coremat fibreglass with 1,200 tonnes of resin has been used to build the 100 boats.