As the tension mounted, the crowds began to build and the champagne started flowing, cameras were being checked, microphones being readied and the Fairline team took their positions around the stunning new Targa 53GT and I was right there at the front for Luxury News Online thanks to ADPR!
This really was an exciting moment at the Southampton boat Show 2015. Among the many exhibits and trade stands the Fairline Yachts stand really stood out with an impressive floating marque, complete with seating areas for relaxation and business alike right next to their stunning yachts.
But what we had all come to see was the all new boat Fairline had bought to market, something which is always hotly anticipated, and Fairline did not disappoint.
Meeting the team at Fairline was a joy, what a friendly and welcoming band of true professionals at the top of their game.
So as we gathered around the stern of the 53GT, I took a moment before the global naming ceremony to admire this new craft. The two immediate points I noticed were the striking panoramic tapered hull blue wrap and the large seating area, which extended out to the sundeck. This really was a handsome craft, and with the sand coloured seating specification the air of luxury and open living really was apparent before even stepping aboard. Make no mistake, the 53GT is a head turner.
So as the launch event clicked into full swing, two members of the Fairline yachts Senior Team, Douglas Culverwell, Sales and Marketing Director, and Andrew Pope Design Director, each gave a run down of the journey they had been through to bring this vessel to market, from initial concepts, design and thought process to the manufacturing, and the huge amount of hard work back at the factory to have this boat ready for the World Premier at the Southampton Boat Show.
‘The low cockpit space’ is one of the highlights stated Andrew Pope, ‘it’s really low and connects you to the water environment around you….and the flat floor which runs all the way through the saloon. There really is a social feeling about the whole back end of this boat.’
With Fairline‘s new interiors program, they have really capitalised on this which brings some really nice features and fittings to this boat, not least marble surfaces in the heads, galleys, and saloon space, and the addition of extra leather work on the handrails and headboards, Bamboo carpets and extra timber which you can see from the images I took for you all to enjoy.
Fairline have increased the cockpit seating by 70% and glazing on the boat by over 35% which really does give an amazing feeling of openness when aboard, and coupled of course with the ‘open’ roof, lazing on the ocean or at harbour looking up into the stars with a glass of wine really will be the ultimate luxury experience for the lucky owners.
The name of this particular boat picks up on the theme throughout the 53GT project, and so was of course named ‘Why Compromise?’
For the full spec on this magnificent boat visit the Fairline Website at: http://www.fairline.com/en/boats/targa/53-gran-turismo
So sit back and enjoy the images bought to you by Luxury News Online of the launch event, and video’s coming soon to our YouTube channel!
Thank you once again to Beki Knowles and the team at ADPR and of course everyone at Fairline Yachts, especially Marketing Manager Oliver Taylor for the superb guided tour.
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