EAUX speaks to Andrew Pope, design director at Fairline Boats Ltd about the new Shadow Sport (S)

Earlier this year the London Boat Show saw the unveiling of Fairline’s latest and fastest yacht to date, the Shadow Sport (S).

Stuart McCullough, commercial director at Fairline Boats, commented: ‘The Targa 38 has always been one of our most popular models and the updated specification offers customers even greater luxury and comfort. The styling of the Shadow S has helped us push the boundaries of people’s expectations of Fairline. The very few people who have seen the boat in the development programme have all been blown away by the progressive styling.’

The Shadow S is packed with new unique features and design touches throughout. Not only eye-catching in style, what is tucked away in the engine room will have you impressed, too. Volvo D6 400 engines power the Shadow S, which is capable of reaching the fastest speeds of any Fairline to date (44 knots) with the added option of a Sea-Doo SPARK to add that extra element of sportiness.

We spoke to design director Andrew Pope, about the biggest challenges faced when working on this latest model: ‘The Shadow S was conceived as a project that would take us outside of our styling comfort zone. It would intentionally challenge the preconceptions of what a Fairline looks like. But just doing something different is not necessarily a recipe for success; the changes would still need to incorporate all the same values that we stand behind as a brand, a boat designed for confident boaters with superior quality and an enduring design.

‘The challenge was to use new materials to Fairline that pushed the styling boundaries but still retained or improved the level of quality that our customers expect. For example, we chose to use silver synthetic decking to better complement the exterior paint colours, but we spent some time evaluating the various options to ensure that we weren’t replacing teak for an inferior product. Our final choice has all the right aesthetic properties that matched the style of the boat, but also had improvements to wear, staining and more importantly was cooler than teak to stand on.’

The Shadow S particularly stands out not only for its speed but the bespoke exterior paint colour, upholstery colours and synthetic decking, as well as carbon fibre panels to the helm and wet bar. ‘Burnt orange mood lighting is used throughout the cockpit, helm and deck, including a backlit Fairline shield on the transom and the option of six underwater lights. The interior has gloss Wenge timber bulkheads and doors with bespoke detailing to the interior upholstery,’ explains Andrew.

Fairline have a Targa 53 Gran Tourismo and a Squadron 53 in the works at the moment so keep an eye out for those hitting the scene later this year. To find out more visit www.fairline.com