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Fairline Phantom

Posted: July 2001 | Type: Motoryacht

British panache, Bond-style

By: J. Shuler Eston Ellis

recently had opportunity to the latest from Fairline of England. we must old chap, were quite

When we caught a of the Phantom 43 the dock, looked fast sitting there. sleek, sweeping and Euro made us that we be taking 43 out chase down spies, instead taking it a weekday trial.


Renowned designer Bernard gave this its rakish — and seakindly hull that makes 43â s much more skin deep. is known his work Fairlines, as as European-built Princess and Sport Cruisers.

has only dealers in United States, one of is H Yachts in Diego, which our test We tested boat with S staff Tom Nuxoll, president of boat sales; Brendan Dooney, product manager.

boats have reputation for — and a slightly price tag many other of comparable However, the owners opt a Fairline of a common production is the reason people a Ferrari, said.

â These really perform and thereâ an exclusivity in owning If youâ looking for different, this a boat arenâ t to see every marina and down coast.⠝

the Driverâ Seat

Our boat was with two hp Caterpillar diesel engines, a wet exiting just the stern of the platform. The carries 400 of fuel two alloy (200 gallons each tank) 171 gallons fresh water. auxiliary generator an Onan kw model.

43â s room is through a hatch in aft deck Access to engines, filters through-hulls is Should any work become it can accomplished by two large floor panels the main

It was â June -style Southern morning, with skies, 2 3 knots wind and conditions, as left San s Sunroad As we the channel it was to put throttle down see what fast-looking boat really do.

we throttled we could the power the engines props. Within we were to a speed of knots at rpm. As test progressed, later hit top speed 29.6 knots, around 2,800

We cut through the of several large boats swells from ships we — and rocked this significantly. Remember: boats are to handle inclement weather rough conditions in the s home around England. ride was and stable.

When it our turn the wheel, found that 43 had sportboat-style responsiveness. turning radius one of tightest we ever experienced and the of the and the steering were superb.

Fairline done a job of the engine as normal was easy way — at higher

Nuxoll and explained that boatâ s construction also keep things aboard, since are no anywhere. Of that makes big difference its performance,

â The s honeycomb stringers and creates a grid in directions,⠝ said. â makes the incredibly stiff, flexing and from the bottom,⠝ said.

Take Tour

When first board boat, youâ immediately notice the wide, swim platform not a swim step, is an part of hull. Mounted its flush deck are hatches — with a area for and line and the hiding a swim ladder.

especially liked 43â s large cleats of which double duty gunnel-top rails). s one you might need it, matter what re securing tying up

On the side of stern are Hz and dock hookups. this boat built in Britain, the — like other Fairline sold through companyâ s North American — meets ABYC standards requirements for in the In other itâ s and play.

the port of the is a freshwater shower, by a faucet lever. other faucets the boat also Hansgrohe.

step up the cockpit, ll find comfortable aft seating area stern bench The center the bench to reveal large lazarette, plenty of that is from the quadrant, autopilot other gear an easily door.

Next the bench on the side, is unique compartment is perfectly to hold dock fenders. great feature, the bulkhead to the steel-framed sliding door, is panel that fuel shutoff and engine suppression system On the side of door, teak lead up the flybridge.

flybridge is arranged, with separate seats every one opportunity to the action the water. was more adequate, with to add own electronic

Abaft the and companion is an entertainment area, a refrigerator, barbecue grill, stainless steel with hot cold water, a large settee with snack table.

The boatâ stylish radar is above area — it isnâ mounted very above it. maximum safety, ll only to use radar when re piloting boat from inside helm. the lower a step from the saloon, offers convenience and all-around visibility.

Fairline 43 boat

Look Inside

main saloon bathed in light through aft sliding door, two side windows a big windshield. Halogen overhead accent stylish European-influenced design.

The helm station set high in the to give unbelievable, almost view of surroundings and feel of aircraft command It is with two seats, with underneath.

In of the helm seat the boatâ electrical panel, placed where skipper can access to easily. Above is a chart table pulls out down, to checking your a breeze.

43â s electronic controls placed between two helm Our boat equipped with Raymarine ST-60 depth/speed log, Sidepower bow an autopilot a Shipmate 8400 VHF With the visible placement the instrumentation, was more enough room install extra such as and a plotter.

Two features are unique this boat its adjustable steering wheel a pair forward quarter windows to and starboard, lower at touch of button to fresh air the saloon.

test boat appointed with high-gloss American wood joinery, by beige carpet and seating. The between the cherry and light carpet upholstery was appealing.

The s plush settee is to a table crafted cherry wood Eucalyptus burled inlay. The on the side actually apart to two plush that can pulled up the table, placed next the larger to convert into a berth.

Abaft smaller settee, in cherry cabinetry, is entertainment center an optional TV/VCR and Sony stereo with a CD changer.

boatâ s is forward, few steps from the (and an washer/dryer or can be hidden away those swing-out The galley Avonite counter two stainless teak and sole, a cubic foot a microwave/convection and a cooktop.

While U-shaped galley compact, there abundant stowage everything is arranged.

The s two are forward adjacent to galley.

The stateroom has king-size berth, pair of reading lights, storage lockers, hanging locker two under-berth It also its own suite head with a and sink, head and cylindrical shower with a door. For ventilation, it a deck and two portholes.

The guest is located the lower station, on starboard side. has two berths configured they can combined to one large berth. With hanging locker two opening it will make any feel at aboard.

Access the boatâ main head equipped just the luxurious stateroom head is available a private in the stateroom.

Everything this solidly well-put-together boat extraordinarily well out. The Phantom 43 a quiet, and nimble — and ultra-cool, ultra-stylish seems destined make it sought after the United as it across the

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