Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fairline Phantom 38

I went to Survey this Fairline Phantom 38 at Norfolk Yacht Agency in Brundall on the Norfolk Broads today. Im not a great lover of plastic boats! But this Phantom is designed and built for cruising in the most luxurious of surroundings. It is a lot of boat, and there are a host of comforts included in the not inconsiderable price.

The twin 370hp Volvo diesels are the maximum power supplied for the Phantom 38, and these engines produce a performance that is just about ideal.

Construction and engineering quality are aspects not easily assessed at first glace, but the Fairline brand is held in high esteem in the UK and internationally. Certainly the 38-footer reflects a caring concern by the factory tradesmen for the attention to detail. I use to fit galleys out myself when I worked in Newzealand as a boatbuilder, the joinery and the measured gaps around the doors are perfect. It has the same quality of design as the Fairline Targa 48, so in no way is this smaller boat a poorer cousin.

The interior is fully lined with quality fabrics, carpets, cushions, curtains, suede upholstery and trims, all of which are complimented by a rich, deeply polished American Cherry timber used for the joinery and panelling.

The internal layout is quite traditional for a 38ft flybridge sedan. The main stateroom in the bow incorporates a double island berth, with more than adequate storage lockers, shelves and drawers to each side of the centre companionway entry.

The second cabin, located to starboard, has twin berth accommodation that tucks back in under the lower helm station. There is a good deal of space in this cabin, with ample headroom to move around, dress and to make up the beds.

Dual access is provided for the bathroom - direct off the main stateroom, as well as off the companion way. It has the usual facilities, all well appointed, and sufficient space for showering and towelling off.

The bowthruster is not essential as the boat manoeuvres quite easily with the twin diesels, but it certainly makes life very much easier if there is a strong cross wind or a brisk current when getting into a tight berth.

The boats top speed is in excess of 30 knots.

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