Emphasizing the open-air nature of this yacht are the large cockpit and sun pad aft. Her cockpit offers extensive seating around a table, and a barbecue counter and bar are here too. Behind this is the secure sun pad and then abaft that is the swim platform, which is divided into two sections. The after section is a high-low tender-launching area where a PWC could be stowed, while a true tender can be secured in the garage above the engines and launched via a slipway.
This garage slightly impinges on the engine compartment, but all of the motors’ service points are readily accessible and there is safe and easy access through the cockpit deck hatch. This Targa 62’s two Volvo Penta 900-horsepower diesels are coupled to gear boxes and then to a conventional shaft and propeller system. The shaft angle is reduced by having the props operate in semitunnels — a proven system that should ensure reliability. Larger engines (up to 1,200 horsepower each) are optional.
Fairline turned to its longtime designer Bernard Olesinski for hull design and he has come up with a form that really works. There is no compromise with the ride comfort here — her sharp entry transitions to 18 degrees deadrise aft, which is approaching a true sports-boat angle. The chines have been kept relatively narrow so that this is a soft-riding hull that effortlessly carves through the waves. In big seas the speed would obviously need to be eased, but by using the trim tabs this hull should keep going when many have been left behind.
Despite her high deadrise, she doesn’t heel too much into turns. At all times, the ride is well controlled and comfortable. Perhaps this is why Fairline has not fitted any handholds around this yacht, but they would be welcome for moving around safely at sea.
With an average top speed of 33.4 knots on test day, the Targa 62 offers inspired performance that should be plenty for those wanting excitement. Come down to a cruising speed of about 25-knots range and this yacht could cruise all day in considerable comfort. She maneuvers safely and predictably in close quarters, and the bow thruster helps in negotiating those final moves alongside.
There is a large number of options for this sports cruiser, including a crew cabin aft, so to a large degree you can tailor her to your own requirements. Semi-customization has become a feature offered by many motoryacht builders these days since vessels are sold into a global marketplace with regional tastes. On a personal level, these options also allow you to get the sort of touches you desire, depending on whether you make this a family yacht or have invited guests on board.
Fairline has done a great job in developing a design to suit cruising enthusiasts and performance fans. Despite some quibbles I had with a few interior details, driving the Targa 62 was tremendously pleasurable. Our sea trial featured the usual British weather of heavy rain and strong winds, but the Targa 62 performed admirably. She’ll be even more inviting in sunshine and smooth seas. And if things get to be too much and you want to escape from your guests for a bit, there is that stunning master suite belowdecks waiting to welcome you.