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Fairline Boats

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Fairline Boats Ltd is a British luxury motor yacht builder

Started in 1963 by Jack Newington, the company presently builds motor yachts in both its original Oundle base as well as in Corby, Northamptonshire

The company started when Newington bought a series of gravel pits on the River Nene and built the Oundle Marina.

In 1967 he launched the first Fairline boat, a 19 foot handcrafted glass-reinforced plastic river cruiser.

When Newington's son Sam, a former Royal Air Force pilot and Columbia University MBA graduate, took over in 1971, the company employed 14 people. Sam expanded the companies sales network overseas to take advantage of the expanding Mediterranean market place - by 1979 the company employed 140 people and turned over £5million, with production expanded by the success of 1977's Fairline 40 model.

The company expanded in the 1980s developing lines of high speed cruising yachts.

When Sam retired in 1996, CEO Derek Carter expanded the company further by establishing Fairline Boats of North America Inc., creating a network of 35 dealers.

In 2002 the 10,000th Fairline was completed, together with new production facilities at the original Oundle site

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