Fairey’s two very elegant 53 foot long Amiras were built in 1974-1975. With a beam of 15’-8”, and a displacement of around 24 tons, the first hull, Fataam, is powered by twin 800hp MTU diesels on V-drive gear boxes, and achieved 32 knots. The second boat, now lost, had Isotta-Fraschini 700hp diesels achieved 26 knots. Other engine options were proposed of up to 1,300hp to give a theoretical 37 knots.
Apart from a glassy wheelhouse saloon, with flying bridge and twin masts above, the other airconditioned accommodation comprisied three en-suite sleeping cabins, all within the depth of the flush decked hull, the after half of which was given over to the engine room and fuel tanks. Like the Swordsman 42s, the two Amiras were cold moulded at Hamble Point, but the second boat was taken to East Cowes for fitting out.
Sheik Ali Sabah of Kuwait ordered Fataam, but the second boat was speculative, and was still being offered for sale by Fairey Yacht Harbours in August 1979. Fataam is again in commission in Spain, but sadly the second boat was broken up as being beyond economic restoration.