2019 has marked a new era for the Fairline Squadron range. The 65-foot Squadron ends its 10-year production run to make way for a new larger Squadron model, which is already under construction at the recently opened production facility in Hythe, Southampton. A total of 80 Squadron 65’s have been built since the yacht’s launch in 2009 and the last ever Squadron 65 has now left the Ipswich commissioning facility, making way for the all-new Squadron 68. The WSB team take a closer look at the imminent new arrival.
Featuring the award-winning Italian design of Alberto Mancini and world-renowned engineering from Vripack, the Squadron 68 is effortlessly chic, blending luxury design and a well-considered layout with our celebrated build quality and seakeeping ability. Initially called the Squadron 64, the new spacious flybridge model has been renamed to reflect its grand proportions. The Squadron 68 offers 12% more lower deck accommodation space, a 5% larger main deck saloon area and a 10% bigger flybridge than the outgoing Squadron 65.
The optional addition of a 2.5ft extension to the Squadron 68’s bathing platform provides greater space for jet skis, jet tender or sun loungers, perfect for creating a beach-club style environment that closely connects you to the water. The yacht offers an expansive main deck galley as well as the newly designed option of an extended VIP forward cabin, offering the additional benefit of a vanity unit and even greater storage space.
The Squadron 68 is also available with three cabins and day head, or four-cabin layouts. The luxurious social cruiser adds another dimension to the established Squadron range, designed in line with the ethos that nothing should get in the way of the perfect getaway.
David Tydeman, Executive Chairman, comments, “Our Squadron range has always aimed to provide owners with the ultimate luxury escape and we’re confident the new Squadron 68 delivers this. It is our most sophisticated model yet and we’re sure our customers around the world will love the irresistible blend of ultra-modern design from Alberto Mancini and the sumptuous onboard environment. We can’t wait to share her with our customers at Cannes Yachting Festival this September.”
Racing out to new destinations is what the elegant Squadron 68 is designed for. Take in your surroundings from the elevated flybridge, with the breeze on your face and the horizon all around you. Dine with friends in the single-level saloon, served from the well-equipped galley. Lightness, space and a fluid design make time above or below deck both graceful and free-flowing. With no question, this is a yacht that is a vast improvement on the departing 65.
Spend all day on the expansive flybridge, with three individually-styled areas to suit your mood. From triple sun loungers to sumptuous dining to forward seating, the Squadron 68 adapts to whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. Whether resting at anchor or cruising offshore, adjust your environment to enhance your experience, just the way you like it.
A generous layout with multiple entertaining areas and all conveniences provided ensures you can relax and socialise with ease on board the Squadron 68. Three beautifully defined areas on the large flybridge make time spent together both enjoyable and effortless. A modern specification with a glass-bridge helm reflects the stylish design of the entire yacht, above and below deck.
It’s fantastic to see Fairline yachts strengthening their line up with a new flagship model and continuing the positive momentum that the new owners of the company are driving. New facilities, new range models, new Fairline Yachts.