The history of the British shipyard Fairline began in 1963, when Jack Newington purchased several abandoned gravel pits on the river Nen in the town of Ondle, as well as land between the nearby lake and the road. "Cutting" the way from the lake to the river, he eventually built a small Marina, with a shop, workshops and slip for launching small boats.
The business flourished, and in 1967 the first model of its own production — Fairline 19: river cruiser with a length of just over 5 m, built on the latest technology in those days-fiberglass. A few years later, Jack retired, handing the case to his son Sam, who significantly expanded production and established sales of boats not only in the UK but also in the Mediterranean. In 1974 with the model
Phantom 32 began production of the Phantom compact flybridge cruise line, which gained immense popularity over the next three decades. In 1977, the 40-foot flagship model was introduced —
Fairline 40, which lasted a record 11 years in production. And in 1985 there was the first model Targa, which became the prototype of modern sports cruisers.
Back in the late 70's Fairline has become a large company-its securities are traded on the London stock exchange. In the 80s, the shipyard continues to grow production facilities, although still far from the sea — in Ondle, receives international recognition and the Royal award for export achievements. And in 2001, Prince Andrew, Duke of York opened new production facilities built to support the growing demand for Fairline yachts abroad: by this time the company has about 40 dealers around the world.
The year 2003 marked 10000 account Fairline — Squadron 65 20 meter. A year later, the revolutionary Targa Gran Turismo series was presented: Fairline was the first in the world to equip a sports yacht with a huge electric hardtop, adding unprecedented rigidity of the hull and superstructure. Fairline celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007 with many prestigious awards: in particular, the titles of Motorboat of the Year received two models — Targa 38 and Squadron 68.
Unfortunately, the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 brought financial problems to the shipyard, which led to the bankruptcy of the shipyard by 2015. The legendary brand could have disappeared if not for the loyal dealer network. Russian investors bought the shipyard, restarted the production process and the brand itself: Fairline Boats turned into Fairline Yachts. The design of the new models was entrusted to the Italian designer Alberto Mancini, and the design was entrusted to the Dutch Bureau Vripack. The combination of British production, Italian style and Dutch engineering skills led to the creation of completely new and extremely successful models. In 2017 and 2018, Targa 63 GTO and Targa 43 Open won the World Yacht Trophies award in the best exterior design category.
In order to further develop Fairline Yachts in 2017 acquires and equips a new shipyard near Southampton on the South coast of England: the old production facilities in Ondle are located far from the sea, which, due to difficulties with the delivery of finished buildings, limited the ability of Fairline Yachts in the construction of larger models. In 2018, production began at the new shipyard, which means new development opportunities for one of the UK's most famous yacht brands.