The newbuild Fairlie 55 is a beautiful William Fife inspired cruising yacht which is designed by Paul Spooner of P.S. Design Ltd. and captures the style and emotion of a golden age of yachting. The traditional styling, use of materials and high quality finish is exceptional, which of course are the qualities Fairlie Yachts have become famous worldwide.
The yacht is designed for both cruising and racing and her underwater hull form, keel and rudder ensure she is an extremely fast and easily handled under sail or power.
The Fairlie 55 has a number of alternative interior arrangements to suit the needs of individual owner.
Delivery time can be about a year depending when a contract is signed.
THE FAIRLIE 55
The Fairlie 55 recaptures the style and emotion of a golden age in yachting. Decades of unmistakable Fairlie build quality and exquisite finishing are combined to create a yacht that is undeniably influenced by the works and splendor of renowned yacht designer, William Fife. The sheer beauty of this yacht will be the envy of any admiring onlooker.
Designed for both cruising and racing, the magnificent Fairlie 55 has a modern underwater profile and carbon rig, creating a fast yacht which is as easy to handle as any on the market today.
LOA 16.80 m / 55’
Hull length 16.42 m / 53’ 8”
Beam 3.50 m / 11’ 5”
Draft (light) 2.60 m / 8’ 5”
Displacement (light) 10,500 kg
Air Draft 20.64 m / 67’ 7”
Fuel capacity 160 litres / 35 gal
Water capacity 300 litres / 66 gal
Engine power Volvo D2-55hp
Drive Volvo Sail Drive
CE Certificate Category A
Architect Paul Spooner CEng. MRINA
Builders Fairlie Yachts, Port Hamble, UK Antifouled and commissioned in Hamble
STANDARD SAIL LAYOUT & AREA
Mainsail 67.00 m²
Genoa (1/0) 53.00 m²
I: 16.86 m
J: 4.93 m
P: 17.45 m
E: 6.41 m
The hull is constructed on a mahogany laminated backbone and frame structure. A layer of Douglas fir strip planking, two layers of mahogany veneers laid at 45 degrees and one layer fore & aft to give complete resistance to torsion, impact & longitudinal forces.
10mm Teak swept decks are laid on a layer of marine plywood to create a beautiful flush deck from stem to stern. Varnished cover boards and traditional timber bulwarks finish the decks to perfection. The hull is painted white using International’s urethane paint system and finished with a traditional inset gold cove line. Gloss varnish is used on all woodwork
The deck house sides and cockpit coamings are constructed from straight grained solid utile, which is cut from the same tree as all other varnished woodwork onboard. This way a perfect colour and grain is matched throughout the yacht.
The toughened glass windows are rebated into the sides to give a clean exterior finish. The coachroof is made up of traditionally laid planking on laminated mahogany beams to give a classic look to the underside. The large skylight and companionway hatch are traditionally hand built from Utile to the highest joinery standards.
- A 20 kg delta anchor with 130 m of chain and warp
- Custom stem-head fitting to a Maxwell 12v anchor windlass and drum
- Custom stainless steel fairleads and clyde bar cleats
- Removable stainless steel stanchions with guard wires covered in braid
- Clear flush deck hatch over forecabin giving excellent light
- A pair of manual Andersen 52 primary winches
- A pair of manual Andersen 46 secondary winches
- A pair of Andersen 46 coachroof winches (1 x electric)
- Clutches and organisers aft for main and Jib halyards, mainsail reefing lines & boom vang control
- Andersen 52 Mainsheet winch (electric) situated behind the helm seat
- Custom built utile wheel connected to Jeffa steering gear with a 2:1 reduction gearbox
- Lazzarette flush deck hatch
- Self draining cockpit
- Sealed gas locker aft of cockpit
- Chrome mushroom vents on deck providing ventilation for engine compartments
- Solar ventilators on coachhouse to ventilate forward bathroom and cabin
MAST, RIG & SAILS
- Selden carbon mast & boom painted classic cream
- 3 sets of spreaders with discontinuous rod rigging
- 10.5oz Crosscut Dacron mainsail by North Sails
- Furling North Sails Genoa from 8.5oz Crosscut Dacron
- Manual adjustable backstay (winch handle operated)
- Gas Strut vang (manually operated)
- Downlights fitted to lower spreaders
- Mainsail reefing lines & halyards all lead aft to coachroof clutches
- Mainsail lazyjack lines (stored at mast)
The accommodation styling is based on the traditional look from the 1930s. Panelled bulkheads in the saloon and painted tongue and groove bulkheads in the cabins and bathrooms. All main and cupboard doors are solid timber.
An ensuite double cabin with wardrobe space and drawers under the bed. A clear, flush hatch is mounted in the deck over the bed to give excellent ventilation and light.
Double cabin with wardrobe, drawers and storage space under the bed. A window in the coachroof side gives light and an opening portlight gives ventilation into the cockpit.
Generous seating with upholstered seat and back cushions, easily removable to gain access to a double bunk on the port side and to outboard stowage on starboard side. Seats can be lifted to access more stowage. A saloon table with
folding leaves allows for comfortable dining and relaxing. Daylight and ventilation is afforded by the traditional skylight and coachroof windows.
A gimballed 3 burner stove, oven and grill. Top loading 12V fridge. Hardwood worktops with generous fiddles and copious storage surrounding. Twin stainless steel sinks with Edwardian chromed mixer taps. Waste bin underneath.
A forward facing chart table, with a luxury cherry red leather navigation seat, is fitted just forward of the companionway hatch, starboard side. Here the switching panel, tank gauges, battery monitor and navigation aids are all easily accessed.
Luxuriously appointed bathroom with Edwardian styled nickel plated mixer taps, sinks and fittings. Pressurised hot and cold shower (fwd cabin only) automatically draining overboard. Traditional scrubbed teak floor.
A Volvo D2-55, giving 41kW (55 hp @3000 revs) fitted to a sail drive unit with 3 bladed folding 18” propeller. A 115amp alternator is fitted to the engine and
provides charge to the domestic and engine start batteries. The fuel tank contains approx 160ltrs and is vented overboard.
A custom switch panel with circuit breaker switches and battery monitor panel is fitted at the chart area.
There is an 85 Ah engine start battery and 3x140 Ah gel batteries for domestic use. A Mastervolt battery charger supplies charge through a shore power connection which also supplies 220V sockets and an immersion heater for hot water. There are deckhead lights in every compartment and reading lights on each berth.
Mastervolt inverter fitted for chart table sockets.
SEA WATER PLUMBING
A manual bilge pump is fitted and operated in the cockpit. 2 x 12v automatic bilge pumps are located in the deepest parts of the bilge.
300 litre fresh water tank is located under forward bunk. 30 litre hot water calorifier.
Approved installation with a manual stop valve in the galley and gas alarm fitted near the bilge.
For 20 years Fairlie Yachts has built, maintained and restored over 20 of the world’s most exquisite and famous classic yachts. Many are from the drawing board of acclaimed yacht designer, William Fife, whose designs are considered by many to be the most beautiful of all time. Indeed the complete Fife design archive is owned & preserved by Fairlie Restorations.
From legendary racing yachts such as Mariquita, Tuiga and The Lady Anne to elegant cruising yachts such as Kentra and Altair, Fairlie Restorations has been responsible for defining the current high standards for classic yachts worldwide.
Based in Hamble, Hampshire (UK) Fairlie’s staff are the finest skilled craftsmen and shipwrights of the modern generation. With their craftsmanship, specialist knowledge and consistent delivery of the highest quality, Fairlies restorations very often sell for significant premiums. Justifiably, Fairlie Yachts has earned an enviable reputation for building the very finest wooden yachts for private clients worldwide.
THE MODERN CLASSIC RANGE
To compliment the Fairlie 55 there are three beautiful sisterships in our modern classic range - Fairlie 66, Fairlie 78 and Fairlie 110.
Each design is heavily inspired by William Fife and takes inspiration, styling and construction methods from the golden era of yachting.