New owner for luxury yacht maker at Peterborough

Fairline Boats at Southampton Boat Show 2015 and launch of the Targa 53GT EMN-150913-085438009
Fairline Boats at Southampton Boat Show 2015 and launch of the Targa 53GT EMN-150913-085438009
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Luxury yacht manufacturer Fairline Boats is under new ownership after being bought for an undisclosed sum.

The boat maker, which was founded 52 years ago and has bases at Oundle near Peterborough and at Corby, has been acquired by the luxury brands operator Wessex Bristol.

The manufacturer, which employs several hundred staff, was owned by Better Capital PPC, which bought the company four years ago.

The change of ownership is the latest in a number of changes at the company, which has survived some choppy times over the last few years.

Ayiaz Ahmed, chief executive of Wessex Bristol, based in Somerset, said: “We are excited to be adding Fairline to our brand portfolio, building on our successes in the luxury boat market with our iconic Fletcher brand.

“Fairline is a leading global luxury yacht brand and has just launched its new Targa 53GT model, which was very well received at the recent Southampton Boat Show.

“We now look forward to taking Fairline on its next stage of growth, building on the brand’s strong following in the worldwide boating community.”

Kevin Dady, who was interim chief executive of Fairline, said: “We have invested a lot in the turnaround of Fairline and are pleased that Wessex Bristol has taken ownership of the company.

“We wish them, the company and its staff all the best for the future.”

Mr Dady will depart immediately to continue his role as operating partner at Better Capital.

Wessex Bristol owns and operates a portfolio of exclusive brands in the luxury sector including Fletcher, a leading UK-based luxury sportsboat manufacturer.

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