OUR HISTORY

The fast, all weather Fairey built powerboats of the late 60’s and 70’s .. the Huntsman, Swordsman, Spearfish and Fantomes are now much sought after ‘classics’. These original boats performed exceptionally well and maintained their high speeds, giving their owners an exhilarating, yet comfortable ride through all weathers and in rough sea states.

 

They were race bred performers and went on to form the basis for high speed commercial and military craft which came to be in high demand from navies all over the World. All designed by Alan Burnard who spent over 25 years perfecting the deep-vee hull design.

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SWORDFISH 36

From experienced and highly reputable origins, the Supermarine Swordfish 36 was born in 1989. Northshore began building the Swordfish 36 and worked alongside Alan Burnard, Ken Freivokh and David Skellon to build one of the world's finest small motor yachts.. 

 

A timeless classic in every sense, a balance of elegant flared forward hull sections soft riding deep-vee hull fulfil the functional intention of a comfortable, high speed in all sea conditions, whilst the latest engineering technologies in boat construction, todays styling and modern design details all combine to present the ‘superyacht’ of the future.

A TIMELESS CLASSIC

A timeless classic in every sense, a balance of elegant flared forward hull sections soft riding deep-vee hull fulfil the functional intention of a comfortable, high speed in all sea conditions, whilst the latest engineering technologies in boat construction, todays styling and modern design details all combine to present the ‘superyacht’ of the future.

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No.1 FLYING SWORD

The first scale models of the Supermarine Swordfish 36 were displayed at the 1989 London Boat Show. These models drew a huge amount of interest due the shapely lines and near-perfect proportions. The result was an 'on the spot' order for the first boat from Sir Mark Norman.

Sir Mark, who was well known in power boating circles, took delivery of his hull No 1 later that year naming her FLYING SWORD after his infamous career in the Air Force and other activities. He used his Swordfish extensively and became a legend for cross-channel lunch excursions, and cruising throughout Northern Europe.

CUSTOM BUILT SPECIFICATION

 

From the very outset of production of the Swordfish,  the concept of creating a custom build for each customer was firmly in place. Sir Mark famously chose the interior of his Swordfish in cream Connelly Leather with lacquered walnut inlays to match his Bentley.

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SWORDFISH 36

 

Following expansio in 2008, a re-engineered and updated version of the Supermarine Swordfish 36 was designed and built at Northshore Shipyard using advanced engineering and modern technology. The new version with a radar arch and a new interior offered a modern alternative to the original model.

Photo left: HRH opened the new factory at Northshore Shipyard where Supermarine Motor Yachts are built today.  

Supermarine Swordfish 36 launch at Northshore Shipyard; John Hiltunen, designers Ken Freivokh and Alan Burnard, World Powerboat Champion, Steve Curtis MBE.

Supermarine Swordfish 36 exhibiting at Dusseldorf Boot Show.

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Historic Class of the 2008

ROUND BRITAIN RACE

Captain Markus Hendricks entered his Supermarine Swordfish 36  in the Historic Class of the 2008 Round Britain Race.

 

Photos courtesy of powerboatarchive.com.

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