Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline teams up with Alberto Mancini and Vripack to design new models.
Fairline has chosen Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architects Vripack to help shape its future models. By choosing to look overseas, the British yard hopes to inject fresh excitement and innovation into its range of 38-78ft motoryachts.
Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline Yachts said: “Following an exhaustive process we are delighted to announce this design partnership Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future models.
The Italian designer is best known for his work styling high performance craft for the likes of Otam, Mangusta and Magnum Marine but his portfolio also includes Fairline rival Dominator Yachts and its ground-breaking new Illumen 28M project.
Dutch naval architects Vripack have an equally illustrious list of clients from superyacht builders to Dutch yards Steeler and Wajer.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Mancini said “I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both the interior and exterior. My inspiration is taken from my experience in the mega yacht field, but also from Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic, usable yachts for almost 50 years.
“In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950s and 60s when famous British car makers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.”
Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts added, “Introducing the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini with the engineering excellence of Vripack to the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already have at Fairline makes an exciting combination. I look forward to showing our new product designs over the coming weeks and months.”
British Motor Yacht Show to have at least 15 new boats on display from Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline
More information has been released about the inaugural British Motor Yacht Show, which will run from 17-19 May at Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble.
This is the first time the dealers behind the UK’s biggest yards have come together like this to jointly host an event proudly displaying the cream of British boatbuilding.
The show’s organisers, Princess Motor Yacht Sales, Fairline Southampton and Sunseeker Southampton, are expecting up to 1,000 visitors over the weekend, but with free entry that figure could end up being far higher.
There will also be displays from “handpicked” industry leaders such as MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo Penta and Garmin.
Trevor Betts, general manager at Fairline Southampton, said: “It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motor yacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise.
“In the general context, we are stronger if we work together. Symbolically, this show is hugely significant.”
It’s not known at present precisely which boats will be on display but check the show’s website (to go live in April) for more information as it arises.
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