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Broker’s Comments

Perhaps the most legendary of them all – the Fairey Super Swordsman 33 truly needs no introduction.

Fairey Marine formed during a diversification of Fairey Aviation Limited in the 1940s, initially building and delivering dinghies such as the Flying Fifteen, 505 and Jollyboat, and apocryphally being the largest global producer of boats outside of the United States at that time.

Fairey exploited the innovative build technique of hot-moulding over a male plug – as used to devastating effect in aviation sub-contracts as diverse as the De Havilland Mosquito, Venom and Vampire – components of which required light, durable and stiff mouldings. In many ways, this is the direct ancestor to today’s vacuum resin infusion build processes, ensuring saturation of the dry materials during the application of glue/resin to provide a very stable frame to build upon.

During the 1950s, the dinghy production gave way to the rise of the motor-yacht, resulting in the 1957 decision to develop the Ray Hunt-designed deep-vee hull. Using a sharp 24 degree transom deadrise, this hull won international acclaim, and success on the offshore racing circuit. With excellent directional stability, plenty of lift from a series of sprayrails, and a planted, soft-landing gait – the hull was a clear winner. When a young naval architect – a Mr Alan V. Burnard joined Fairey Marine in 1957, his keen eye for design and obsessive attention to engineering detail led to the series of designs we all know and drool on still: the Huntress, Huntsmen, Swordsman, Spearfish, Fantome and Amira.

Fairey Marine was based at Hamble Point, and many of the original buildings are recognisable to visitors today:

It is believed that 61 Swordsmans were built between 1961 and 1974 (many of which survive in use) in either open cockpit, of the more prevalent aft cabin versions. There is no more graceful and heart-warming sight than seeing a Fairey in full cry with a bit of spray begin fired sideways off her chines.

The Super Swordsman was the top of the tree, with improved accommodation to include a second en-suite and raised aft cabin profile for enhanced volume and headroom. Bearing Hull Number 54, LA GRAND SWORD left the Hamble Point sheds in 1974, and offers exceptional sea keeping, with handling that many more modern designs can only dream of. Following a considerable amount of restoration, both internally and externally, cosmetic and systems-wise in her current ownership (since purchase in 2012), she is a very usable classic. We note new commercially-rated Ford Sabre 212s were fitted in 1996, she has received a full strip to both varnish and paint, resulting in a re-paint with Awlgrip and complete re-working of her brightwork to gleaming standard. In 2016, her original windows and frames were replaced with SeaGlaze units (with concealed fittings), new screen and powder-coat to frame, new lighting and plumbing (new electric wc forward & new manual aft), new galley kit, and a huge amount of re-trimming to all soft furnishings. In addition, she has been equipped with twin thrusters, windlass (with remote operation), Garmin navigational package, etc. All fully mentioned in her main details below.

Owner’s Comments

Owning a Fairey is something special. When out at sea or steaming down the Hamble River almost everybody turns their head to admire you as you pass by.

My wife and I bought LA GRANDE SWORD in 2012 and spent the next 4 years carrying a total refurbishment to bring her up to date while still retaining the Fairey Marine originality.

We have cruised LA GRANDE SWORD to the West Country and Channel Islands in both flat and more challenging seas; and she performs so well you have a sense of complete comfort and safety.

Our future plans mean we need a larger all-weather boat for extended cruising.


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Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Fairey Marine, Hamble, UK.
  2. Model: Fairey Super Swordsman 33
  3. Yacht Name: LA GRANDE SWORD
  4. Hull Designer: Alan V. Burnard
  5. Year Built: 1974
  6. LOA: 33’ / 10.06m
  7. LWL: 29’ / 8.84m
  8. Beam: 11’5” / 3.47m
  9. Min Draft / Max Draft: 3’ / 0.91m
  10. Displacement: 7,000kg / 15,432lb
  11. Berths: 4 berths in 2 cabin(s) / 2 head/WC(s)
  12. Engine Count: 2 Ford Sabre Lehman 212C Diesel
  13. Country: Swanwick, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  14. Asking Price: £90,000, VAT exempt
Contact Details
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Hugh Rayner
Berthon UK
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
E-Mail: hugh.rayner@berthon.co.uk
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Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404


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