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Fairlie Yachts start work on iconic houseboat build

Houseboat pic Fairlie Yachts, designers and builders of modern classic yachts, have started work on the construction of an 80 x 23ft classic retro-look houseboat for a British client which is destined for an exclusive mooring on the Thames in central London.

The steel superstructure of the vessel is rapidly taking shape at the yard in the Hamble, and although a little different from their usual bespoke work in wood, the project is well within the scope of the team of expert shipwrights at Fairlie.

Paul Spooner, Director and Chief Naval Architect at Fairlie Yachts, was given the remit to design a classic maritime looking houseboat offering the maximum live-able space within the planning constraints set for craft on the Thames. Fairlie went on to produce the complete structural engineering drawings for the vessel before taking on the construction of the houseboat earlier this year.

Houseboat The houseboat interior has been designed by Superyacht interior specialist David Wright of David Wright Design and will comprise of 4 bedrooms, a large living/dining/kitchen area, study, laundry and al fresco dining area. The top deck also encompasses a sunken glass deck conservatory which doubles as a skylight to bring maximum light to the living areas below. The fit out, by Fairlie craftsmen will be done to their usual exceptional standard and quality.

Paul Spooner, Director and Chief Architect at Fairlie Yachts commented, “This is an exciting project for the team at Fairlie Yachts proving that the skills of our expert team of shipwrights and craftsmen are equally capable of working in steel as in wood. We are excited about the prospect of creating a ‘little ship’ that will become home for a young, professional family keen to live in style on a houseboat in the centre of London. She is being fitted out for luxury modern living and we have designed the vessel to make the most of the light and space available on the river, whilst blending gently with London’s rich maritime heritage and historical water-frontage.”

For more information please visit www.fairlieyachts.com