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Fairline Yachts signs new yacht-design deals

Fairline Yachts is partnering with the Italian yacht designer Alberto Mancini and the Dutch naval engineering firm Vripack.
Fairline Yachts design leader Andrew Pope (left) and Alberto Mancini, of Alberto Mancini Yacht Design, are shown at Mancini’s design studio in Trieste, Italy.

Fairline Yachts design leader Andrew Pope (left) and Alberto Mancini, of Alberto Mancini Yacht Design, are shown at Mancini’s design studio in Trieste, Italy.

Fairline Yachts is partnering with the Italian yacht designer Alberto Mancini and the Dutch naval engineering firm Vripack.

The British builder said it signed contracts with the Alberto Mancini Yacht Design studio.

“Following an exhaustive selection process we are delighted to announce this design partnership,” Fairline Yachts design leader Andrew Pope said in a statement. “Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand, and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future new models. The addition of Vripack and the excellence in naval engineering that they bring will ensure each of our new models are at the leading edge of marine technology.”

Alberto Mancini has been responsible for the design of a number of yachts launched in the last few years and has worked alongside many well-known shipyards on yachts ranging from 78 to 180 feet.

“I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both the interior and exterior,” Mancini said. “My inspiration is taken from my experience in the megayacht field, but also from Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic, usable yachts for almost 50 years. In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950s and ’60s when famous British car makers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.

“No doubt the best way to create a successful yacht is to receive a blank sheet of paper and begin sketching — and that is exactly what I am right now doing for Fairline Yachts. With the expertise of Vripack I believe we have the perfect collaboration of British craftsmanship, Italian style and Dutch engineering,” Mancini said.

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