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British Shipbuilding Expertise Showcased In Southampton

by Jason Gorringe,, London

29 May 2013

Examples of the best of British boat building were showcased at Swanwick Marina in Southampton at the first British Motor Yacht Show on May 17-19, 2013, featuring displays from leading shipyards Sunseeker and Fairline.

Fairline exhibited its completed MATCH 2 yacht, a heavily customized Squadron 78 yacht, which the firm described as its most exciting and challenging build project to date, taking over 2,000 man hours to deliver since the commencement of initial discussions to incorporate 400 custom modifications beginning in the summer of 2011.

The project, which will be the owner’s fifth Fairline, was born out of his in-depth knowledge and passion for the luxury range. James Powell, Fairline Yacht Division EMEA, commented: "The creation of this Squadron 78 CUSTOM has been a real pleasure, and the entire team are really proud of what has been achieved. It has been great working with the client from the initial stages to define the specification through to completion of construction - his intimate knowledge of the brand and technical and engineering background tested the limits of the level of customization that could be achieved by the Fairline Yacht Division. Following successful commissioning of all of the custom items, sea trials at our Ipswich Test Facility, and feedback from the client, MATCH 2 is a real testament to the Design, Engineering and Production teams at Fairline."

Speaking ahead of the event, John Wolf, owner of MATCH 2, commented: "I am absolutely delighted with the finished boat and looking forward eagerly to delivery. I hope many other boaters will be able to step aboard her at the British Motor Yacht Show and see for themselves the extraordinary levels Fairline has reached with this boat."

Sunseeker exhibited its San Remo luxury sports cruiser, which was launched earlier this year, with its design inheriting many modern elements but staying true to its 1980s heritage. Sunseeker was one of the event's key exhibitors also showcasing its Predator range (the Predator 53, 68 and 80), as well as its Manhattan 63.

Spencer Brown, sales manager at Sunseeker Poole, said: "We see this collaborative show as a very positive asset and benefit to our customer who can see rival models from all three major manufacturers in a warm friendly marina environment. The show is about boats and leisure boating and this event enables us to show the best of the best."

Christopher Head, Sales Director, Sunseeker London, added: "The British Motor Yacht Show is a great idea to help support the marine industry and offer a great array of interest into boating for our clients. The South Coast of the UK is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase as a perfect UK boating destination and working with other market leaders."

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