The Fairline Squadron is a dynamic 55.6-foot luxury cruiser by iconic British yacht manufacturer Fairline Yachts which made its world debut at Boot Dusseldorf in 2017. Since then, this Alberto Mancini-designed model has scooped up such awards as Best Flyer at the Motor Boat Awards and Asia Boating Awards – and with good reason. This highly customizable boat offers something for everyone, from its impressive raked-back flybridge and standard upstairs galley to its stern-side stunning terrace and 3-4 well-appointed cabins.
Onlookers will look on in envy at this boat’s expansive, teak-inlaid swimming platform as you and your guests climb down the standard swim ladder for a dip in the sea while others mingle on the extensive L-shaped lounge and dining area on the aft cockpit which transforms to a sunpad when desired. High safety rails lead the way to the foredeck, which houses another spectacular al fresco dining area that follows the curves of the bow, perfect for sipping clear, chilled cocktails as the sun goes down.
Sliding doors provide entry to the relaxed but stylish salon, which features a starboard U-shaped seating area with a hi-lo table and long, expansive windows that suffuse this space with natural light. This seating area seamlessly loops forward to another settee to port of the two-seater helm. With two layout options, users can choose to replace this second seating area with a U-shaped galley, or place it aft in a low-profile J-shape. Other layout options include a starboard couch or curvy wooden sideboard and adapt the galley placement accordingly (yet another layout option is a lower-deck galley to starboard, with three cabins instead of four).
Whichever configuration you choose, the galley is well-equipped and cleverly designed. Generous Avonite work surfaces, a sink infill that doubles as a chopping board, a 24-piece melamine dinner service, full height fridge-freezer, induction cooktop, microwave/oven, sink, and plenty of storage throughout offers all the comforts of home with the space-maximizing flair users have come to expect aboard Fairline yachts.
Below deck, users have a choice of three or four stunning cabins. The three-cabin layout features a full-beam amidships owner’s suite with an en suite bathroom, a portside guest cabin with two twin beds, and a sumptuous forward VIP suite with a large island bed and an en suite bathroom. A third day head is located to starboard. The four-cabin layout loses the larger VIP en suite and optional lower-deck galley, which are replaced by a small but cheerful twin cabin.
Up on the flybridge, owners and guests will find the perfect chill-out zone. Wraparound seating snakes around a large dining table, extending from the portside stairs and starboard all the way up to the central wet bar, which features a sink and refrigerator. Like the main-deck cockpit, this area can be converted to a sunpad when you want to soak up some rays.
The lower and upper helms feature two plush helm seats, although users can opt for three helm seats on the flybridge as an add-on feature. The upper helm is equipped with bow thruster controls, echosounder and speedometer, single-level throttle and gear controls for both engines, a Garmin GMI 20 digital color MFD, high-speed magnetic compass, powered steering, autopilot controls, trim tab controls, and many other features. The lower helm is much the same, with the addition of an opening window and overhead glazing.
The Squadron 53 is equipped with standard twin 675mhp Volvo Penta D11 diesels that reach up to 30 knots. Users who want a bit more power can upgrade to two 725mhp Volvo Penta D11s that reach upwards of 32 knots.