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1985 Fairline 36 Turbo

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom


The Fairline Turbo 36 was a landmark boat not only for Fairline but the boating industry as a whole. Renowned for its great handling and performance whilst using shaft drives to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs. Merganser is a good example, well presented and ready to enjoy, featuring recent upgrades such as a bow thruster with dual controls and more. Unfortunately, although believed to be in good sound condition her engine cooling systems now require overhauling before use, hence her very competitive asking price.

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Basic Boat Info

Price: £38,500
Boat Name: Merganser
Make: Fairline
Model: 36 Turbo
Year: 1985
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Builder: Fairline
Designer: Bernard Olesinski
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 36 ft
Length Overall: 36 ft
Beam: 13'5 ft
Max Draft: 3'5 ft
Dry Weight: 8,500 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: TAMD60C
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 255hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1985
  • Engine Hours: 3569
  • Engine Location: Port
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: TAMD60C
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 255hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1985
  • Engine Hours: 3569
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Total Engine Power: 510hp
Cruising Speed: 20 kn
Maximum Speed: 25 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,050 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 450 L

The Fairline 36 accommodation offers up to six berths in two sleeping cabins and the saloon with good headroom throughout.

FORECABIN: V berth with stowage beneath, large mirror, hanging locker and other useful storage. Ventilation and natural light provided by an opening hatch to foredeck.

SALOON: Consisting of an L-shaped settee to port and a bench settee to starboard which offers comfortable seating for 6 around a fold out table with ample lighting provided by large main saloon windows. Helm position to starboard with twin bench seat, instrumentation and navigation equipment. Steps up to sliding patio door to cockpit and down to aft cabin and galley.

GALLEY: L-shaped galley to port and open plan to the saloon, equipped with a stainless steel 2-burner gas hob, microwave oven with grill, 12/240v refrigerator, twin sinks and ample storage in various lockers and drawers. 

HEADS: Separate heads compartment forward fitted with an electric flush marine toilet, shower area with curtain, wash basin and extractor fan.

AFT CABIN: Offering an island double berth with stowage beneath, hanging lockers, cupboards and access to en suite.

EN SUITE: Separate compartment fitted with an electric flush marine toilet, shower, wash basin and extractor fan.

GENERAL EQUIPMENT: Pressurised hot and cold freshwater system via a calorifier with shore power immersion coil. Eberspacher D4L warm air heating system with thermostat. Blue cotton upholstery with cream curtains and carpets throughout. 

EXTERIOR SPACE: Spacious aft deck with room for alfresco dining and steps up to flybridge with seating and upper helm position. All-round safety rails with side and aft gates and steps down to the bathing platform.

Mechanical Systems

Located under saloon, 2 x Volvo Penta TAMD60C 255hp 6-cylinder turbo diesel engines. Sea water cooled. Morse dual single lever controls with electric start. Full engine instrumentation. Twin shaft drives to bronze 3-bladed propellers. Twin steel 535 litre fuel tanks. Sidepower bowthruster (new 2015) with controls at upper and lower helm.

A recent professional inspection by the local Volvo Penta main agent has revealed that, as with many other vessels of this age, the cooling system should be overhauled with new circulation pumps fitted, sea water pumps reconditioned, hoses replaced where required and all coolers cleaned and refurbished. It has also been suggested by an independent engineer that it is unwise to run the engines before this work has been carried out.

Electrical Systems

4 x 12v Batteries charged via engine alternators. Shorepower system with battery charger, immersion coil and ring mains. Electrical distribution panel. Full cabin lighting. 

Deck Equipment
  • CQR 35lb anchor with chain (new 2016)
  • Lofrans electric anchor windlass
  • Stainles steel pulpit, pushpits and stanchions
  • Stainless steel grabrails
  • Bathing platform with bathing ladder
  • Flybridge tonneau cover
  • 3 x Windscreen wipers
  • Fenders and warps
Navigation Equipment
  • Plastimo Horizon 135 compass
  • Standard Horizon VHF radio (new 2015)
  • NASA Clipper depth sounder
  • Raymarine ST60 multifunction display
  • Raymarine ST5000 autopilot
  • JRC 1500 radar
  • Racel Lokata Navtex
  • Stereo CD/radio with speakers 
  • Weather station
  • Clock and barometer
  • Navigation lights
Safety Eqipment
  • Fire blanket
  • Gas alarm
  • Lifebuoy
  • Foghorn
  • Echomax radar reflector
  • Electric bilge pump and bilge alarm
History & Construction

Fairline Turbo 36 built by Fairline Boats and designed by Bernard Olesinski. White GRP planing hull, superstructure and decks. Stainless steel radar arch. Flybridge with separate swivel helm and navigator seats and L-shaped seating area. 

The Fairline Turbo 36 was ahead of its time when first built and they are renowned for their great handling and performance. A recent 2015 survey is available on request, she is only for sale as her owners moved from sail to power and have decided she is larger than they now need.


The company normally acts as broker for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

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