Since its founding in the 1960s, Fairline has built over 13,000 boats. For the Squadron 42, the Fairlane design team provided the layout and details, while the engineering and naval architecture came from the design firm Bernarad Olesinski — Naval Architects, known for their outstanding design work in the rarified world of megayachts. Overall, Fairlane’s Squadron 42 is just that: 42 feet of megayacht. The smallest of the Squadron series, the Squadron 42 can accommodate up to six persons in an environment that reminds you of nothing so much as a very plush, airy loft that can zip along at up to 30 knots.
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  • 2015 Fairline Squadron 42
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    2 x Volvo Penta D6-370 EVC Shaft Diesel
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Top Speed:
    32 mph


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The Fairlane Squadron 42 has a sturdy hull made from an isophthalic gelcoat over an isophthalic resin-rich powder-bound glass mat. This combination deters hull blistering. The hull characteristics begin with a deep-V forward that becomes more rounded as you move aft, ending with sides that slope downward to the water at a 12.5 degree angle. The hull is further strengthened by transverse frames and longitudinal stringers. It has spray deflectors along the length of its hull and an antifouling coating on the bottom. The integral swim platform gives the hull a longer waterline for improved low-speed performance.

Two Volvo Penta diesels drive stainless steel propellers mounted in semi-tunnels can push the Squadron 42 to a top speed of between 28 and 30 knots. The deck hardware and systems include stainless steel cleats, fairleads, an electric anchor winch and a calibrated anchor chain feeding into an integral chain locker. The anchor rode consists of a 35 lb. Delta anchor and 148 feet of galvanized steel anchor chain. The vessel’s electrical system utilizes a single battery as a starter battery. Dual, parallel-wired batteries provide 24V and 12V power to control systems, and a power inverter provides 240V service where needed. Shore power connections to the vessel’s main electrical panel can provide you with power when the Squadron 42 is docked.

From the Captain’s Chair

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At the main helm, you have more than the good looks of the Squadron 42’s random-pattern teak floor; you have a full set of instruments, from tachometers, temperature, and fuel gauges, to battery-condition gauges, engine hour meters and audible alarms for both engines, as well. The steering wheel that controls the hydraulic steering tilts to accommodate you as you sit in the bolstered helm seat. From the captain’s chair, you can control the electrical circuits, the bilge pump and fire extinguisher system. You use the single-lever throttle control to set engine speed and the gear controls to set the direction in which the engine’s power is applied to both the port and starboard engines, a system that may be unusual at first, but is easy to work with after a few uses.

The standard navigational suite is somewhat impressive, but lacks radar, although a radar mast is provided. You have control of the winches and searchlights, as well as control of the trim tabs. It does include a high-speed magnetic compass, Garmin’s GMI 20 multifunction instrument to relay wind speed, water depth and temperature and other information about the environment, and the Garmin VHF 300i marine radio that provides AIS data – Automatic Identification System – to other vessels and authorized shore stations. The AIS data allows your boat to be tracked worldwide by satellite, to assist you in port operations.

As every captain knows, at night, a dark wheelhouse is a happy wheelhouse; therefore, you have red illumination at the helm to prevent the temporary night blindness that occurs when using standard illumination to read charts, a touch not often seen in yachts of this size.

On the flybridge deck, you’ll find a lighter mood. You have weatherproof repeaters for all of the major instruments, a second compass, the same single-lever throttle control and dual gear controls, the same vessel controls and a rudder position indicator to assist you with docking operations. You have a standard VHF radio that incorporates an intercom, so you can communicate with those down below. Rather than teak, the deck is a molded, non-skid surface.

Creature Comforts

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As you first board the Squadron 42, you’ll notice its hydraulic gangway. It has a tender-launch system as well. You’ll note the expanse of glass; the boat’s interior is divided into an upper and lower deck. The open interior architecture leaves both flooded with light from the windows. From the main salon, with its flat-screen television, dining table and sideboard that doubles as an entertainment center, you go down three steps to the lower deck that houses the galley, the guest quarters and the master cabin.

On the lower deck, the well-equipped galley is to port and the guest cabin is to starboard. The guest cabin has two bunks – which can be joined to form a double berth – ample storage and closet space. Adjacent to the guest cabin is a head with shower. The master cabin is forward of the galley. It has a queen-size berth and a closet with full-length mirror, under-bed storage and overhead lockers. Reading lights as well as overhead lighting, light from the windows, which are covered with venetian blinds, and light from the skylights leave the master cabin bright and cheery. The en suite head is complete with shower.

Go back through the main salon and onto the main deck and you can step down to the swim platform and its convertible rear-facing seat that doubles as a bench seat at the rear of the main deck, facing into the salon. Go up from the main salon and you arrive in the flybridge with a lounge seating along its starboard and aft sides. You have a companion seat at the helm, drink holders, a bar, refrigerator with icemaker, a table and a weatherproof, 12V outlet for your stereo. A barbecue grill for the flybridge is optional.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

• It’s a tough boat. Two layers of gelcoat is brushed into the mold. The fiberglass fabric alternates: a layer of unidirectional fiberglass fabric is laid in first, followed by a biaxial layer, then a woven layer. The pattern then repeats and is hand-laid. The resin is isophthalic resin that resists osmosis and blisters. A liner is bolted to the hull after that. The engine stringers strengthen the bottom of the hull. The whole boat, with its heavy-duty hull, its longitudinal and transverse supports and its bonded, bolted deck that’s stiffened by the polyurethane foam, disperses the stresses of the sea, rather than the hull alone.
• The open hull plan is flooded with light from the windows and skylights.
• The Fairlane Squadron 42 is pricey. The asking price for a used 2013 Squadron 42 is $672,810.
• It lacks watertight doors. Sliding glass doors protect the interior from spray, but the Squadron 42’s open architecture and the lack of a watertight barrier to close off the interior means you need to keep the Squadron 42 out of heavy seas.
• Radar isn’t part of the boat’s standard equipment.


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Fairlane has built first-rate yachts since 1967. The Fairlane Squadron 42 is probably the highest-priced 42-footer on the market. As anyone who’s ever owned any high-end product knows, quality costs, but as anyone who’s ever owned a high-end product also knows, it pays to shop around. Do so before you inspect the Squadron 42, lest you judge other yachts by its quality.

2015 Fairline Squadron 42 Standard Features:

• Anchor chain locker
• Anchor winch (electric)
• Anchor winch controls
• Calibrated anchor chain
• Delta anchor 16kg with 45m chain (galvanised)
• Fender set
• Foredeck lockers
• Fuel fillers
• Full set of IMCO navigation lights
• Horn to radar mast
• Hot and cold water transom shower
• Moulded non-slip deck surface
• Recessed self-draining area on foredeck for coachroof sun cushions
• Riding light
• Stainless steel bow, spring and stern cleats
• Stainless steel bow fairlead(s)
• Stainless steel handrails
• Stainless steel pulpit
• Stainless steel stemhead roller
• Swim ladder
• Teak laid bathing platform
• Toughened glass curved windscreen
• Transom gates from cockpit to integral bathing platform
• Water filler(s)
• Windscreen wipers

Flybridge and Second Helm Position
• 12V heavy duty weatherproof socket
• Access hatch
• Bilge pump warning lights and audible alarms
• Bolstered helm seating
• Chaise-longue seat
• Companion seating to helm
• Deck level lighting
• Drinks holders
• Electronic single-lever throttle and gear controls for port and starboard engines
• Ensign and staff
• GRP flybridge table with hi/lo facility
• Garmin GMI 20 digital multi-function instrument system with colour display
• Helm position indicator
• High speed magnetic compass
• Instrument covers Moulded non-slip deck surface
• Remote anchor winch controls
• Remote control searchlight with controls at both helm stations
• Repeat flybridge engine instrumentation, controls and electronics
• Stainless steel handrails
• Teak laid oversize flybridge steps
• Trim tab controls
• VHF radio incorporating intercom
• Wind-deflecting screen with grab rail

Main Helm Position
• 12V socket
• Adjustable/tilt steering wheel
• Bilge pump switches with integral operating warning lights and audible alarms
• Bolstered helm seat
• Control panel for 12V/240V domestic electrical circuits
• Controls for engine bay fire extinguisher system Electronic single-lever throttle and gear controls for port and starboard engines
• Fuel gauges
• Full engine instrumentation including; tachometers, temperature gauges, battery condition indicators, audible alarms and engine hour meters
• Garmin GMI 20 digital multi-function instrument system with colour display
• Garmin VHF 300i marine radio Helm position indicator
• High speed magnetic compass
• Hydraulic steering Opening side window (manual)
• Random teak floor
• Red night-light illumination to helm
• Remote anchor winch controls
• Searchlight controls
• Switches for navigation and riding lights, windscreen wipers and engine bay extractor fans
• Trim tab controls

Electrical Systems
• All 240V, 24V and 12V circuits (where applicable) protected by circuit breakers with main electrical load control panel
• Heavy duty circuit breakers
• Isolating switches to all batteries

12 Volt
• Batteries - 2 x heavy duty batteries wired in parallel supplying domestic services Battery - 1 x heavy duty battery exclusively for port engine starting
• Battery - 1 x heavy duty battery exclusively for starboard engine starting
• Regulated charger

240 Volt
• Polarity check and earth leakage protection system
• Power points throughout the boat (fed from shore power or generator)
• Shore power supply

Aft Cockpit/Transom
• 12V heavy duty weatherproof socket
• Access hatch to lazarette
• Aft cockpit enclosure covers
• Cockpit lights
• Cockpit seat with reversible backrest
• Deck level lighting Engine bay access hatch with stainless steel ram
• Manual bilge pump(s)
• Mooring warps
• Shoreline stowage locker
• Sliding patio door to main saloon
• Teak laid floor throughout self-draining cockpit
• Warp lockers

Interior Furnishings
• FAIRLINE DÉCOR COLLECTIONS: A fully comprehensive choice of interior & exterior upholstery fabrics, carpets and covers chosen exclusively by the Fairline Interior Design Department
• SPORT COLLECTION upholstery choices

Engines and Performance
• 2 x Volvo Penta D6-370 EVC Shaft Diesel 370mhp each: 28 knots
• 2 x Volvo Penta D6-435 EVC Shaft Diesel 435mhp each: 30 knots

Hullform and Construction
• All gel coat and glass fibre hand laid with unidirectional, biaxial and woven rovings
• Antifouling protection to hull
• Deep ’V’ forward 12.5° deadrise aft
• Design, layout and detailing by the Fairline Design Team. Naval architecture and structural engineering by Bernard Olesinski
• Full length hull design
• Full length moulded spray deflectors Hull/deck join bolted and bonded
• Integrally moulded engine bearers
• Isophthalic gel coat backed by isophthalic resin-rich powder-bound glass mat
• Panoramic hull windows
• Stainless steel gunwale with rubber insert
• The deck incorporates polyurethane foam cores for high strength and excellent thermal insulation
• The integral bathing platform gives the boat a longer waterline length for improved performance, particularly at reduced power settings
• The propellers are set in semi-tunnels enabling the engines to be located further aft, also reducing draught and improving efficiency by reducing the shaft angle
• Transverse and longitudinal strengthening stringers throughout hull

Main Saloon
• 19" flatscreen TV with Fusion RA205 and wireless connectivity
• Aerial and connections for television
• Blinds to side windows
• Curtains to patio door
• Dining table
• First aid kit
• Freestanding sideboard with cocktail cabinet and provision for optional 32" TV Full-height standing headroom
• Full length saloon windows
• Handrail with glass partition leading to galley
• LED ceiling lights
• Sofa

• 2-burner gas hob, oven and grill
• Additional galley storage space built into bulkhead Fire extinguisher
• Foundations work surface
• Integrated waste bin
• Lacquered cupboard doors
• LED ceiling lights
• Panoramic windows with opening port
• Random teak floor
• Refrigerator
• Sink with hot and cold mixer tap
• Underfloor stowage Work surface lights


Master Cabin
• Bedside table
• Drawer(s) under bed
• Full-height standing headroom
• Large hatch with flyscreen and concealed blinds to foredeck
• LED ceiling lights
• Lockers (overhead)
• Master cabin skylight
• Mirror
• Opening hull windows with blinds Oversized double bed
• Reading lights
• Upholstered bedhead
• Wardrobe(s)

Master En Suite
• 220V/240V shaving point
• Automatic shower tray pump-out system
• Electric silent-flush freshwater toilet
• Extractor fan
• Foundations® vanity unit locker and basin with hot and cold pressurised water
• Full set of bathroom fittings
• Full standing height shower with hinged door
• LED ceiling lights
• Mirror
• Opening hull windows with blinds

Starboard Guest Cabin
• Bedside stowage
• Double doors to en suite
• Full length berths x 2 with sliding conversion to double bed
• Full standing height shower with solid teak gratings, seat and hinged door
• LED ceiling lights
• Lockers (overhead)
• Mirror
• Opening hull windows with blinds Reading lights
• Wardrobe(s)

Guest Cabin En Suite
• 220V/240V shaving point
• Automatic shower tray pump-out system
• Day Access Electric silent-flush freshwater toilet
• Extractor fan
• Foundations® vanity unit locker and basin with hot and cold pressurised water
• Full set of bathroom fittings
• Full standing height shower with solid teak gratings, seat and hinged door
• Mirror
• Opening hull windows with blinds

Engines and Sterngear
• Access through cockpit hatch
• Aerodynamically designed engine air intakes Automatic bilge pumps for forward bilge, engine bay and rudder bay with manual ’on’ override
• Automatic engine bay fire extinguisher system with warnings at both helms
• Balanced rudders
• Cathodic protection
• Dripless shaft seals
• Electric engine bay fan(s)
• Electro-hydraulic trim tabs with cathodic protection
• Engine bay lights
• Engine room soundproofing
• Exhaust overheat warning system
• High capacity emergency manual bilge pump system with changeover valves
• Manganese bronze ’P’ brackets
• Manganese bronze propellers contra-rotating
• Sea cocks on all inlets/outlets below waterline
• Stainless steel alloy shafts
• Water cooled engine exhausts with silencers and side outlets

Fuel System
• Changeover valve system to permit each engine to draw fuel from, and return fuel to, either tank
• Emergency fuel shut-off valves accessible via cable-operated remote control High capacity water separators and fuel filters
• Individual fillers and vents to port and starboard
• Marine grade alloy fuel tanks x 2

Freshwater System
• Automatic, pressurised supply
• Calorifier hot water system
• Water tank(s)

• All gas burners fitted with flame failure protection devices
• Copper, polythene sheathed supply pipe
• Single tail feed with regulator and gas low system test meter
• Stowage for gas bottle in self-venting cockpit locker


Length overall (inc. pulpit): 42ft 6in (12.94m)
Length overall (ex. pulpit): 41ft 5in (12.63m)
Beam (inc. gunwale): 13ft 10in (4.22m)
Number of berths: 4 - 6
Draught: 3ft 6in (1.08m) unloaded
Height above waterline (inc. arch + nav. light mast): 15ft 10in (4.84m)
Transport height: 15ft 6in (4.72m)
Dry weight (approx.): 13.29 tons (13,500kg)
Fuel capacity: 219 gals/263 US gals (996L)
Water capacity (inc. calorifier): 86 gals/103 US gals (390L)
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