According to Fairline, “a Targa is at its best when open wide to the world around it”. But even in the most perfect boating paradise, a little rain must fall. Whatever the weather, you can relax in the enclosed saloon of a Fairline Targa 62.
Now, most of us know the Targa line as Fairline's 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 saloons, too – a protected area that is a comfortable and strikingly stylish place to be in any weather.
Increased size allows for more features
The Fairline Targa 62 made its world debut in Southampton 2012. It’s an evolution of the builder’s 58, now with more overall length, 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 saloon such a flexible space, one that can be enjoyed in any season.
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 saloon is still brightened by natural light, thanks to the big windows and substantial glazing in the sunroof.
Rainy days can be unpleasant 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.
Catering and accommodation
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 saloon 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.
Accommodation is 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.
The Fairline 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.
Now, let’s assume it’s a picture-perfect day. Then imagine yourself in the Targa 62's big, open cockpit. Fairline calls this space the real draw of the Fairline Targa 62, and for good reason: it has features like a J-shaped lounge that surrounds a dining table, a barbeque and wet bar, and of course, a sundeck worthy of the most discerning sun-worshippers in the Med.
One of the coolest new features is the swimming 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.
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 fibreglass deep-V hull with 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom.
It was a shame we couldn’t take the Targa for a spin, 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.
Fairline Targa 62 specifications
Transom deadrise: 18 degrees
Fuel capacity: 2,131 litres
Water capacity: 598 litres
For more information, visit Fairline.
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