The Fairline Targa 62GT is a sleek and sexy cruiser with plenty of attention to design and detail.
By Kevin Koenig
The entire look and feel of the Targa 62 is sophisticated and cool, from her low-profile lines to the understated interior décor. And yet this boat isn’t simply sizzle. There is also steak here, in the form of well-conceived and executed design attributes, amenities, and an irrefutably fastidious attention to detail.
The boat’s sunpad was the very first thing I noticed about her. It’s like a normal sunpad ramped up by a K-factor of 1.25, as if it belongs on a 76-footer, and it’s the premiere outdoor space onboard the 62, in my opinion. Below, the foreward master has an athwartships queen-size berth and a modern-apartment feel augmented by a small settee to starboard. Forward of that, there’s an exceptionally large en suite head. The shower in particular is engulfed in light that shines through the overhead glass hatches, affecting an outdoorsy feel. Moving aft you pass a supplementary Isotherm freezer to port as well as the washer/dryer, en route to the two nearly identical guest staterooms amidships.
One thing to note about the 62’s interior, and lately, Fairline’s boats in general, is the fit and finish. In short, the company has really got it down. Case in point on this boat is the satin walnut veneers throughout, which are lacquered after they are fit together—at the edges of corners, for example—so there are limited issues with peeling later on. The grains in the veneers are also matched to one another at seams for a fluid, monolithic appeal.
The boat’s engine room is as well laid out as you might expect from a company that puts so much thought into the details. My test boat’s Volvo D13-900s fit easily into the space, and left enough room to effortlessly access both the twin fuel filters on the forward bulkhead, and the service points on the 22.5-kilowatt Onan generator aft. A large, bolted-on soft patch overhead means that if one day you need to change engines or fuel tanks, you can remove them from the boat without cutting into the deck. That’s a nice little design tidbit with an eye toward the future, and perhaps the resale market as well.
The Targa 62 is exceptionally rugged and rigid for a boat that looks like she was meant simply for breezy Mediterranean jaunts. A good deal of that rigidity is thanks to her sturdy, hand-laid hull, which is solid below the waterline.
The rest of the rigidity comes from her internal structures. There are four longitudinals as might be expected, but Fairline also tossed in a wrinkle. The aft end of the superstructure—essentially the saloon’s doorframe, which Fairline refers to as “the goalpost”—extends straight down through the boat to the hull, creating a massive, inverted-U-shaped structural member that drastically reinforces the boat’s backbone.
Out on the water those straight-shaft diesels acquitted themselves well, shooting the 62 along at a top hop of 33.8 knots. Steering was smooth and the boat proved herself proficiently agile, ripping through a corkscrew to starboard in about three boat lengths, and a similar maneuver to port in just slightly more. What’s more, she simply felt solid out on the water, and moved like a high-speed tank. I know that is an odd way to describe a boat, but when the builder puts so much forethought into building her so sturdily, and then plops those big diesels down in her hull, that’s exactly the sensation that is produced. Out on Biscayne Bay she brushed aside the mild chop without a care as we slalomed dreamily through the relics of Stiltsville. Not a bad way to burn away a day.
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