Motorboat & Yachting: Oundle manufacturer Fairline Boats has announced that it will be hiring apprentices for the first time in seven years.
Fairline Boats has become the latest manufacturer to embrace the trend towards marine apprenticeships by restarting its programme.
Following discussions with the British Marine Federation and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Fairline has announced that it plans to hire 22 students from Tresham College for the upcoming academic year to undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering.
This marks the first time since 2008 that Fairline Boats has hired apprentices to work on its range of motoryachts.
Stefan Whitmarsh, head of engineering at Fairline Boats, said: “We are excited to be working with the apprentices from Tresham College. It’s a unique opportunity for the students to learn a wide variety of trades and specifically, boat building.”
Paul Harris from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights added that the addition of Fairline Boats to the scheme will help to open doors for more local businesses and young people in the Midlands.
Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline Boats has announced a major change to its dealer network, with Bates Wharf Marine Sales taking over as its exclusive dealer for the South Coast.
Bates Wharf Marine Sales has strengthened its ties with Fairline Boats, taking over as the brand’s exclusive dealer for the South Coast. The brokerage, which already has offices in Poole, Chertsey and Eastbourne, will also be moving into the Fairline Southampton premises in Swanwick.
What’s more, the Bates Wharf Marine Sales Chertsey office, with its indoor showroom and 100-berth marina, will now trade as Fairline London.
Douglas Culverwell, regional sales director for Europe at Fairline Boats, said: “This exciting news ensures we maintain key coverage across the South Coast of the UK.
“Richard Bates and his team have a wealth of marine experience which our customers can really benefit from.”
Colin Sykes, CEO of Fairline, added that the firm is also working on “other regional appointments” that will be announced soon. Established more than 100 years ago, Bates Wharf Marine Sales will be supported by fellow Fairline dealers Fairline Wales and Fairline Channel Islands.
The news comes just over three months after Fairline announced that it would no longer be working with Boats.co.uk (formerly Essex Boatyards), which had been its main dealer for five years.
Motorboat & Yachting: Former Sunseeker man Karl Gilding has re-joined Fairline Boats to head up the Oundle firm’s yacht sales division.
Fairline Boats is claiming a major coup after appointing former Sunseeker sales manager Karl Gilding, who has re-joined Fairline to head up the yacht sales division, after two years working for the firm’s Poole-based rivals.
Fairline added that Karl will help to build up the brand’s dealer network in North America, an area which is expected to show future growth. As the first UK importer of Sea Ray boats, Karl has plenty of experience in yacht sales, and his first stint at Fairline lasted 17 years.
Colin Sykes, CEO of Fairline Boats, said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Karl back to our global sales team. “He brings extensive knowledge of both Fairline’s heritage and the global leisure boating sector as a whole to the role.”
Colin took this opportunity to stress the strength of Fairline’s order book, which is at its highest level for two years, excluding advance orders for the recently announced Targa 53GT and Squadron 53.