Fairline launched its Squadron model family in 1991 for buyers that were looking for luxury features and a laid-back cruising attitude – sort of the polar opposite of the go-fast sportboat Targa customers. The British boatbuilder based in the Oundle Marina and Corby, Northamptonshire adds to its luxury yacht line with the 2015 Squadron 48. Built as a straight up “Gin Palace”, the 48-foot yacht comes with plenty of modern features and luxe amenities to support any number of sociable activities. Join me as I delve into the details that make this boat such a decadent platform for hosting parties, or even just gunkholing in comfort and style.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Fairline Squadron 48.

  • 2015 Fairline Squadron 48
  • Year:
    2015
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Hull And Exterior

2015 Fairline Squadron 48 High Resolution Exterior
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The design team laid out the semi-displacement hull with a fine entry for busting through chop and plenty of form stability when resting at “party stations.” Spray deflectors molded into the hull serve to throw spray away from the vessel, keeping the decks and bowriders dry. Transverse and longitudinal stringers were added to strengthen the hull, and polyurethane foam cores in the decking not only serve to stiffen the decks, but also act as a thermal barrier to prevent the sun from “shining through” the deck as well as preventing sweat lines on deck when the air conditioner is kicking it on hot, humid days.

Foredeck design incorporates a molded, non-skid deck surface with self-draining recesses sized to accommodate coachroof sun cushions for your bowriding passengers.

Foredeck design incorporates a molded, non-skid deck surface with self-draining recesses sized to accommodate coachroof sun cushions for your bowriding passengers. An anchor locker and electric anchor windlass handles the self-stowing Delta anchor with a push of a button on the remote anchor control, so you never need to get sweaty (or muddy) when its time to deploy your ground tackle or weigh anchor for the next leg of your voyage.

The anchor rode and chain ride in a stainless-steel bow fairlead, with stainless cleats for your bow, stern and spring lines. The stainless bow pulpit (if it’s on the stern does that make it a pushpit?) and stainless handrails round out crew safety on the foredeck.

Move back to the aft deck and you will notice the sumptuous teak decking and settee (with drinkholders) flanked on both sides by transom gates leading down to the teak swim platform. Not only can you and your guests easily slip in and out of the water on the platform, but you can also enjoy a nice, hot rinse (or more likely, a cool one) at the transom shower to wash off the salt before coming fully aboard.

Now for the pièce de résistance – the flybridge. Built to serve as a central social location aboard, the flybridge sports twin helm seats offset to port with a two-up, forward-facing settee to starboard. A sunbed dominates the rest of the flybridge providing plenty of guest seating with stowage lockers beneath the cushions.

The flybridge helm, though considered a secondary station, comes with power steering, electronic one-stick engine control, bow-thruster controls, an IPS joystick (jogstick) and instrument repeaters to give the helmsman all the pertinent information needed when under way. The electronic suite feeds through the Garmin GMI 20 multifunction color display, localizing the information and streamlining the various interfaces for quick and easy access and control of the engine instruments, radar, GPS and bottom finder.

Interior Design

2015 Fairline Squadron 48 Interior
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Main saloon design incorporates ample seating and stowage, plus a dining table and entertainment options to include a 32-inch LED TV and wireless radio system. The two-seat main helm set to starboard and settee to port opposite the helm provides guest seating, and ensures that the helmsman doesn’t get lonely during long turns at the wheel.

Helm controls in the cockpit are the same as on the flybridge, so you have full control over the vessel no matter which station you prefer.

Helm controls in the cockpit are the same as on the flybridge, so you have full control over the vessel no matter which station you prefer. Interior design comes in a variety of styles, and you can choose between Fairline’s Amalfi, Capri, Hamptons or St. Tropez decor.

Head forward down the companionway from the main saloon and you will find a full galley complete with a two-burner gas range, grill, oven, full-sized refrigerator/freezer and ample stowage space for cooking gear and dry stores. The 116 U.S. gallon potable water tank is sufficient for short trips, depending on crew compliment, but if you plan on taking a long weekend with a full load of passengers, you may want to look into a desalination plant or take plenty of bottled water with you.

Aft of the galley, the master cabin contains a full-length double bed and mirror, with two chest-of-drawers and wardrobe for hanging clothes. The forward cabin also has a double bed that can be converted to a V-berth, a wardrobe and drawers for clothing, access to the WC (water closet, or shower for you landlubbers out there) and a hatch that leads to the foredeck.

An optional third cabin with most of the same features as the other two cabins can be set to starboard opposite the galley, or you can opt to use that space for a settee and small dining table.

Propulsion

2015 Fairline Squadron 48 Exterior
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A pair of six-cylinder, Volvo Penta IPS600 D6-435 diesel engines provide the power for main propulsion. Each engine puts out 435 horsepower apiece, for a total of 870 horsepower that pushes the vessel to a maximum speed of 30 knots. Each engine burns 21.4 gph at the 3,500 maximum rpm, and the 346 U.S. gallon fuel capacity gives her an approximate range of 240 nautical miles at full throttle. The engine bay comes with automatic fire suppression and bilge pumps for safety and peace of mind, and the bilge pumps can be manually turned on to bypass the automatic switch. An emergency, high-capacity, manual bilge pump serves as a backup dewatering system in case power to the pumps fail, or you want to manually augment the electric pumps. The engine bay comes lined with sound-attenuating material to contain the engine noise and prevent the drone of the engines from entering the cabin.

Specifications

Length Overall (Inc. Pulpit):: 50 feet, 8 inches
Beam (Inc. Gunwale):: 14 feet 2 inches
Number Of Berths:: 4 - 7
Draught:: 3 feet 10 inches Unloaded
Height Above Waterline (Inc. Arch + Nav. Light Mast):: 18 feet 2 inches
Transport Height:: 16 feet
Dry Weight (Approx.):: 13.77 Tons
Fuel Capacity:: 288 Gallons/346 US Gallons
Water Capacity (Inc. Calorifier):: 97 Gallons/116 US Gallons
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