An exciting short keel cruiser on the drawing board


This yacht is designed primarily for long distance cruising for 6 people with space for another two occasional guests. Both the cockpit and saloon are easily large enough to seat 6 people for dinner. This hull form allows a generous volume to fit large tanks, and keep the machinery under the cabin sole. Like all our yachts, different interior layouts have been drawn to allow an owner to select the best for their individual requirements.

Her displacement of 25t is slightly heavier than many modern, lightweight Spirit of Tradition yachts of this size, 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 short keel 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 sail plan is drawn as a yawl, so for trade wind sailing the setting of a mizzen staysail can add up to an extra 10% of boat speed. A short bowsprit has been drawn which balances both the yacht aesthetically, and the sail plan. This also allows an asymmetric spinnaker to be set clear of the hull.



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 10mm thick, swept teak decking with a scrubbed king plank, paint bulwarks, varnished cap rail.

The deckhouse sides and cockpit coaming are constructed from straight grained Utile, which is cut from the same tree as all the other varnished woodwork onboard. This way a perfect colour and grain is matched throughout the yacht. The toughened glass windows are rebated into the sides to give a clean exterior finish. The coachroof is made up of glass sheathed plywood grooved on the underside glued to laminated utile beams to give a classic look to the underside. The large skylight and companionway hatch are traditionally hand built from Utile to the highest joinery standard.

The interior fitout will be fitted out with the same sumptuous joinery that Fairlie has perfected over the past 20 years.

Fairlie 65 General Arrangement & Layout

Principal Specification

  • Length Overall: 19.9m

  • Length, Waterline: 13.6m

  • Beam: 4.8m

  • Draft: 2.9m

  • Upwind Sail Area: 180m2

  • Displacement: 25 tonnes

  • Engine: Volvo D3-150, 150hp

  • Designer: Paul Spooner CEng MRINA, PS Design Ltd