26th Nov 2015

Fairline Squadron 58 Review

Fairline Squadron 58 Review

The Fairline Squadron 58 is a family-friendly flybridge cruiser that features the spacious, luxurious accommodation and tough sea-keeping qualities associated with all Fairline boats. Accommodation includes a master cabin with full size bed, en-suite facilities and clothes storage and walk-in full height closet. Two guest cabins fitted to the same standard and there is an optional fourth twin cabin. The flybridge features three helm seats, a sunpad for private sunbathing, as well as generous space for entertaining and dining. As one of Fairline’s most popular and best selling yachts, a second-hand Squadron 58 makes a superb investment.

Who and what was this boat designed for?

The Fairline Squadron 58 is a moderate-to-deep-vee planing hull yacht designed for quiet, stable cruising on the ocean or in coastal waters. The inline six-cylinder turbocharged Volvo diesels are positioned inboard, keeping the weight out of the ends to give the boat a level ride without trim tabs. The Fairline Squadron 58 is designed for people who want the security of well-proven design features coupled with sophisticated advances in marine engineering. Research shows that the typical Fairline Squadron 58 buyer wants a boat with purpose - not just pose.

What commentators say about this boat

For many years, Fairline has lived by the motto ‘more than skin deep'. The accent is on engineering in most key areas.

The company is also big on the finer points of boatbuilding and employs in-house teams rather than contractors to do most things, including the joinery.

The drive from the lower helm was indeed refined. Little noise, no spray, and a great view through the windscreen.

Her sleek, avant-garde design, ingenious use of space, craftsmanship and technological excellence will delight.

This 58 has one of the best bridges I have encountered on a UK motoryacht. It teams genuine innovation with comfort and amenities, great views and safety.

All the compartments are large, but the owner’s midships suite verges on palatial; and why not?

A definite home from home, this is a beautiful yacht built around sociability.

Model variations

The Squadron 58 was released early in 2001.

Fairline unveiled a new model at the London International Boat Show in January 2011. Longer length hull enabled the introduction of an extended cockpit seating area, with greater headroom above the bed in the fourth-crew cabin. The new length also allows for a larger master cabin, featuring panoramic hull windows. The innovative, mechanised Fairline Tender Launch, for either a Williams 325 Jet RIB or a Valiant Dynamic 2.7m, is fitted as standard to the new model.

Specifications

  • Length overall: 58ft 9in (17.92m)
  • Beam: 15ft 11in (4.85m)
  • Draft: 4ft 7in (1.39m)
  • Dry weight: 23 tons (22,353kg)
  • Bridge clearance: 19ft 10in (6.04m)
  • Fuel capacity: 618 gallons/742 US gallons (2727 litres)
  • Water capacity: 266 gallons/320 US gallons (1008 litres)
  • Engines: Volvo D12 EVC diesels - inline six-cylinder 715 hp diesels with turbocharging, aftercooling and electronic management
  • Berths: Eight

What’s great about the Fairline Squadron 58

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent visibility
  • Sophisticated engineering
  • Seaworthiness.
  • Luxurious, comfortable accommodation
  • Great for cruising and entertaining

What to look out for on a pre-owned Fairline Squadron 58

If you’re buying a used Fairline Squadron 58, our engineers and owners have reported some things to watch out for and potential faults that might occur on this boat from time to time.

  • Windshield in the bridge may need extra bracing
  • Anchor may drag under certain conditions
  • Small galley and cockpit compared to some 58-footers
  • Galley cupboards are in relatively short supply
  • Look out for leaks into the saloon usually caused by bad build up after road transport, these can appear anywhere around the ceiling edges
  • A few have had the seal deteriorate around the windscreen causing water leaks around the helm
  • Ceiling panels can start to drop randomly easily fixed by adding some new heavy duty Velcro
  • Rear quarters are vulnerable to damage so check for cracks and crazing

Keeping your Fairline Squadron 58 in shape

When buying a used Fairline Squadron 58, regular scheduled servicing and attention to some minor points will keep your craft in top condition.

Regular servicing

Carry out regular engine and drive servicing in line with the manufacturer’s recommended intervals.

Maintenance

  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • The cherry wood can start to get a whitish tinge if there has been a lot of moisture in the air in the boat, keep an eye on this. If this does happen and it’s not too bad it iss reversible by adding a heater and dehumidifier for a week or so
  • The porthole seals always need to have a coating of Vaseline around them to prevent leaky seals
  • The water feed to the stern gland can become blocked by old engine anodes breaking up and blocking the pipe to the stern gland. These need to be checked regularly
  • Service engines and generator
  • Service and charge batteries
  • Service air conditioning system
  • Clean all upholstery
  • Treat all internal leather

Laying up

  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations when laying up for winter.
  • Take the opportunity to have the boat cleaned antifouled, polished and reassembled.

Model-specific repairs

The Fairline Squadron 58 is not known for needing specific repairs more frequently than other boats.

Why buy a pre-owned Fairline Squadron 58?

This is a boat that offers a great combination of performance, spaciousness and luxury accommodation. For entertaining or safe family cruising in refined comfort, the Fairline Squadron 58 should be on your list of secondhand flybridge cruisers.


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