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When designing the Fairlie 66 it was felt that the yachts that inspired the Fairlie 55 were too far removed from a yacht of these proportions. A truly elegant yacht cannot simply comprise a collection of different classic styling clichés; a family cruising yacht with a doghouse styled on that of a J-Class, or a small yacht with disproportionately high freeboard in order to satisfy a desire for a flush deck. These sort of compromises will only spoil the delicate balance of proportions that are so prevalent in the designs of yesteryear.
In order to satisfy this classic proportionality it was again necessary to fit a coachroof for headroom below and on a yacht of this size a doghouse was felt desirable for comfort and safety at sea. But yachts adhering to these criteria were not the norm at the time of Fife so it was necessary to look towards the 50’s for inspiration and the magnificent yachts of designers such as Sparkman & Stephens, Laurent Giles and Sangemani. The Fairlie 66 is therefore a yacht that is entirely true to a classic style entirely relevant to its size.
This styling blended with the powerful hull lines and appendages developed for the Fairlie 55 allows the Fairlie 66 to be as responsive and easy to handle as her smaller but equally elegant sister.
The hull is constructed from a laminated mahogany backbone and frames, with a layer of Douglas fir strip planking, two layers of mahogany veneers laid at 45 degrees and one layer fore & aft. The entire structure is laminated using West System Epoxy Resin and is finally covered with two layers of GRP for protection.
The deck is built from a layer of marine plywood grooved on the underside, and laid with 12mm thick, swept teak decking with a varnished king plank, covering boards and toe rail.
The ultra-modern fin and bulb keel has an SG cast iron fin and a lead bulb and is assembled and bolted through the hull structure. The spade rudder is a laminated plywood blade with a stainless steel shaft.
The hull is painted with an Awlgrip / International urethane paint system on the topsides and a hard antifouling.
On deck the varnish work will be Epiphanes Gloss Varnish.