Small, but perfectly formed.


Inspired by the small cruising and racing yachts of William Fife III, this yacht has been developed with a modern underwater profile to give ease of handling and better performance to the short handed sailor. 



The yacht will be built using modern wood/epoxy techniques to ensure all the comfort and warmth of a traditional wooden hull but with a fraction of the maintenance and she will be fitted out with the same sumptuous joinery that Fairlie has perfected over the past 20 years. 
Her displacement of 7.5t is slightly heavier than many modern, lightweight Spirit of Tradition yachts however still far less than the original long keeled yachts from which she is conceived. This compromise allows for many of the benefits of both styles; light enough and with reduced wetted surface area to achieve easy, fast sailing even in light airs and yet with just enough internal volume to create standing headroom below. The fin and skeg arrangement has been designed to give the directional stability of a long keeled yacht but with easy manoeuvrability in marinas and modern stability characteristics to suit the higher aspect ratio of her rig. 
The yacht is designed primarily for relaxed weekend sailing for 2 people with space for occasional others. Both the cockpit and saloon are easily large enough to seat 4 people for dinner. 

Fairlie 45 General Arrangement & Layout


Principal Specification

  • Length Overall: 13.9m
  • Length, Waterline: 8.9m
  • Beam: 3.2m
  • Draft: 2.0m
  • Upwind Sail Area: 84m2
  • Displacement: 7.5 tonnes 
  • Engine: Volvo D2-40, 40hp
  • Designer: Paul Spooner CEng MRINA, PS Design Ltd