After the Second World War the Fairey Aviation Company was looking for peacetime outlets for its skills and expertise. In 1946, With extensive premises on the waterside at Hamble, Sir Richard Fairey started the Fairey Marine Company to produce wooden boat hulls by a hot moulding technique previously developed for wooden aircraft. An obvious market was the increasing demand for pleasure craft.

Alan Vines and Charles Currey of Fairey Marine had a strong vision of light, seaworthy and practical yachts with room for all of the family, able to explore shallow creeks and rivers, the coast and ‘go foreign’. Working with the Fairey Marine design consultant Uffa Fox, they developed the twin lifting keel Atalanta 26.

From its launch in 1956 the Atalanta proved immediately popular from its launch in 1956. In 1958 they developed the 20′ Fulmar using many of the same design principle and just one of the keels. In 19XX they extended the freeboard and coachroof of the Atalanta to create the more roomy Titania, and the concept was further expanded in 1961 with a 31′ development of the Atalanta.

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Atalanta 26
An innovative, versatile and popular yacht in the late 1950s. Fairey Aircraft hot-moulding techniques enabled Fairey Marine to build large numbers of the strong and durable boats. These techniques also led to the Atalanta’s distinctive ‘everything curved’ shape.

With a hull form developed from the likes of the Firefly and Albacore the concept was a light, trailerable yacht capable of family cruising and offshore passages. These capabilities have been proven time and again. 26′ and 4+ berths in a boat weighing around 2 tonnes. The centre cockpit provides extensive safe room for six and keeps weight amidships when sailing.

Originally sold with 3/4 rig a masthead option was later added. Slightly under-canvassed sailing performance is adequate in light airs and the boats come into themselves when the wind pipes up.

The Titania shares the same underwater lines, keels and spars of the Atalanta. The primary differences are increased freeboard forward, shortened cockpit and lengthened ‘bubble’ (coachroof). These combine to give significantly more space below including 6’2″ headroom forward. The Titania was also fitted with a larger engine and larger fuel tanks.

There was demand for a smaller and cheaper yacht than the Atalanta and in 1958 Fairey Marine built the first of over 60 Fulmars.

At only 20′ long the full-bodied Fulmar hull offers 4 berths. The rounded ‘bubble’ coachroof and the single lifting keel were borrowed from the Atalanta.

Atalanta 31
The success of the Atalanta inevitably led to demand for a larger boat. Fairey Marine’s Alan Burnard drew the lines for the 31 using the same principles and layout as the Atalanta.

The boat has a roomy centre cockpit and utilise the Whipstaff tiller. The twin keels adopt the same mechanisms but are larger and fitted as standard with hydraulic lifts. Rather than the hinged rudder of the 26 the rudder lifts vertically, simplifying stern-to mooring.

The additional length provides significantly more space below to include hanging lockers, a larger forepeak for the sea toilet and sails, and more comfort in the aft cabin.