Fairey Marine Yacht designs were a result of the Fairey Aviation Company seeking 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’. Alan, then with Fairey Aviation, had ‘prototyped’ many of these concepts in 1952 with his 22′, twin dagger-plate, ‘Sujanwiz‘, a stretched and widened Swordfish hull. Working with the Fairey Marine design consultant Uffa Fox, Alan and Charles developed the 24’ twin lifting keel Atalanta A1 to refine the concepts. She attracted great interest and they settled on the Atalanta 26 design with greater internal space. From its production launch in 1956 the Atalanta 26 proved immediately popular. In 1958 they developed the 20′ Fulmar using many of the same design principle and just one of the keels. In 1959 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.
That Fairey Marine yacht designs met their vision for the yachts is amply illustrated by the many stories of ocean voyages, long trailer journeys and family coastal and river sailing. Read some examples of notable journeys which demonstrate the boats’ versatility.
Read about the designs and how to get the best from the boats. Each class page includes design information and practical guidance and links to the Class Registers (including history pages for each boat), Indexes of available drawings and other practical information.
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