May 13th 2013. By Jeanne Craig.

Fairline Targa 62: Unconditional Love

Whatever the weather, you can relax in the enclosed salon of a Fairline Targa 62.

Steady rain in Miami during the boat show in February is unusual, but there it was on opening day of the 2013 event: a downpour that sent tourists on Collins Avenue scurrying into the lobbies of the swanky hotels that line the street.

Boaters are a different breed, though. Those who were in town for the Yacht & Brokerage Show simply zipped themselves into foul weather gear, plucked caps on their heads, and kept walking. But the rain didn’t stop, and when the docks got really wet, many took shelter aboard the boats that were built for this kind of day.

Fairline’s new 62 Targa Gran Turismo was one of them. Now, most of us know the Targa line as this English builder’s rendition of a swanky sport cruiser series with enormous outdoor lounges designed to be kissed by the sun, not covered in rain. But some of the Targa models, including this 62, are offered with enclosed salons, too. And as the 62 proved on this day, that protected area is a comfortable and strikingly stylish place to be in any weather.

Fairline Targa 62 running

The 62 made its U.S. debut in Miami, just a few months after its world debut in Southampton. We hear it’s an evolution of the builder’s 58, now with more LOA, which enabled the builder to add a number of nice new features inside and out. The signature features of a Targo remain, including striking good looks, sporty performance and the huge retractable hard top that makes the salon such a flexible space, one that can be enjoyed in any season.

 

Fairline targa 62 helm

On a perfect day, you’ll want to throw open the double-wide door that leads to the cockpit and let guests amble from one good entertaining space to the next. But when the weather puts the kibosh on your outdoor plans, the 62 buttons up nicely. On the gloomiest of days, this salon is still brightened by natural light, thanks to the big windows and substantial glazing in the sunroof.

 

helm

Rainy days can be a bummer for the driver, too, but there’s very little for the captain to gripe about at this helm. The windshield offers a good view forward, and we like the big, curved electric windows on either side of the helm that drop down and make it easier for the captain to communicate with crew when casting off lines or coming in for the night. Fairline says these electric windows are among the largest in this size of boat. Also note that there’s plenty of room on the dash for electronics; think two big screens.

 

Galley

The galley is forward and that’s a good location for cooks who want to stay involved in the social shenanigans—it’s close enough to the salon for the chef to be near the action. The galley is designed to be compact, but it still has all the appliances you’d expect to find in a 60 footer, plus clever stowage solutions. Most important, the galley receives plenty of light and ventilation from the sunroof overhead.

 

master stateroom

Accommodations are forward of the galley, including a full-beam master suite that’s more boutique hotel room than boat cabin. We like the huge en suite head that is among the roomiest, brightest and nicest in its class.

 

guest stateroom

The Targa 62 can sleep six very comfortably in three staterooms. In addition to the master, there are two guest cabins. Berths in both guest cabins can be converted to double berths if that’s your preference, or you need lots of places for kids to bed down.

 

Fairline targa 62 sunpads

Now, let’s assume it’s a picture-perfect day. Then picture yourself in this big, open cockpit. Fairline calls this space the real draw of the Targa 62, and for good reason: it has features like a J-shaped lounge that surrounds a dining table, a barbecue and wet bar, and of course, a sunpad worthy of the most discerning sun-worshippers in the Med.

 

swim platform

One of the coolest new features is the swim platform, as it’s equipped with a hydraulic high/low system. This is a first for the Targa range, and it makes sense that the technology debuts on this, the flagship of the Targa series. The platform makes it easier to launch a tender or RIB, which gets stowed in a garage concealed under the sunpad. Owners who prefer to have a crew cabin can order it instead of the tender garage.

 

Targa 62 running

The Targa 62 is powered by twin diesel engines with straight shafts. Volvo D13s with 800 or 900 hp are offered. With those engines, the boat will produce a top speed near 33 knots. Other engine options are available for those who want more power, including two MAN diesels rated at 1,200 hp each. The Fairline rides on a solid fiberglass deep-V hull with 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

 

SPECIFICATIONS • LOA: 63’7” • Beam: 16’6” • Draft: 4’3” • Displacement: 54,255 lbs. • Transom deadrise: 18 degrees • Fuel capacity: 563 gal. • Water capacity: 158 gal.

Too bad we couldn’t take the Targa for a spin, since it was blocked in by dozens of other boats being displayed at the show. But this proven hull will no doubt offer a ride that’s as smooth and comfortable as the boat is sociable and accommodating—and those are benefits we can appreciate on any kind of weather day.

For more information, visit Fairline.

 



Jeanne Craig
Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.