Bot­nia Targa 25

Motorboat & Yachting - - Usedboat - Fly­ing pot­ting shed looks

Bot­nia be­gan 40 years ago in a small fac­tory in Malax near Vaasa, Fin­land, with just ten em­ploy­ees. The H-boat one-de­sign yacht, launched in 1975, put the com­pany on the map and over 1,000 were built in to­tal. In 1984, pro­duc­tion rights for the Targa 25 were pur­chased from Targa Yachts, even­tu­ally spawning the eight-strong range of to­day, span­ning 23 to 44ft. The 25 ran to 2005 when it was re­placed by the 25.1, which looks like an up­date but is ac­tu­ally a com­pletely new boat.

IN­TE­RIOR

As gen­uinely dif­fer­ent a con­cept from ‘nor­mal’ 25-foot­ers then as it is to­day, the lay­out of the Targa 25 is rather unique. The toi­let is en­tered from out­side and the cabin is ac­cessed via slid­ing doors ei­ther side. In­side, the cabin is at the back, with a cou­ple of steps from the wheel­house lead­ing down to two beds ei­ther side, the feet of which dis­ap­pear be­neath the aft deck, and the front of which form a small seat­ing area around a drop-down ta­ble. It’s typ­i­cally Scan­di­na­vian – func­tional, prac­ti­cal and well fin­ished.

EX­TE­RIOR

As al­ter­na­tive as the in­te­rior, the cock­pit is at the front and a small ‘fly­bridge’ clings to the aft end of the wheel­house roof, of­fer­ing an ex­ter­nal driv­ing po­si­tion. It’s dif­fer­ent, but it’s cer­tainly su­per prac­ti­cal. Easy to walk around, safe, and light on cov­ers and canopies to fight on and off at the be­gin­ning and end of the day.

PER­FOR­MANCE

A Volvo Penta AQAD 31 150hp diesel en­gine was an op­tion, but the AQAD 41 200hp diesel fit­ted to this boat was a worth­while up­grade, tak­ing the top speed close to 30 knots.

SEA­KEEP­ING

For all the quirky lay­out, pot­ting-shed styling and Scandi build qual­ity, the sea­keep­ing is the big news. It’s epic, punch­ing well above its weight and of­fer­ing real off­shore abil­ity with its all-weather wheel­house.

Bat­ten down the wheel­house hatches and go any­where The ex­te­rior driv­ing po­si­tion sits on top of the wheel­house The un­usual for­ward cock­pit and en­trance to the heads

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