BRI­TISH STARS STEAL THE SHOW

Motorboat & Yachting - - THE 10 -

Princess and Fairline stole the lime­light at the au­tumn boat shows thanks to two gen­uine show­stop­pers. Princess wowed the crowds with its rev­o­lu­tion­ary foil­ing R35, while Fairline won plau­dits for its classy new Targa 43 sportscruiser.

Both com­pa­nies built two of each new model, en­abling them to hold si­mul­ta­ne­ous launches at the Cannes and Southamp­ton boat shows.

Fairline took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to show a dif­fer­ent lay­out op­tion at Cannes and Southamp­ton, while Princess painted each of its R35s in wildly con­trast­ing colour schemes. The one in Cannes was fin­ished in sil­very blue for its lav­ish un­veil­ing at a nearby chateau on the eve of the Cannes show, while the Southamp­ton boat was painted a deep metal­lic red for max­i­mum im­pact.

De­spite some ini­tial scep­ti­cism about the nor­mally con­ser­va­tive Ply­mouth yard launch­ing a 50-knot car­bon fi­bre sports­boat cost­ing over £640,000, ev­ery­one ap­peared to be won over by its volup­tuous styling.

Ital­ian de­sign house Pin­in­fa­rina pulled out all the stops to give the R35 the drama to back up its per­for­mance. Deep scoops down both sides fun­nel air to the en­gines be­fore ex­it­ing through the tran­som to cre­ate a canopy of high-pres­sure air that pre­vents spray en­ter­ing the cock­pit. Other neat fea­tures in­clude pop-up air de­flec­tors to block the gap be­tween the sidescreens and the wind­screen.

The con­trol panel for the ac­tive foils fea­tures se­lectable com­fort and sport set­tings as well as a

man­ual over­ride. The foils are not de­signed to lift the boat out of the wa­ter but to con­trol its at­ti­tude like a pair of pow­er­ful, au­to­matic trim tabs that gen­er­ate both lift and down­force.

The two T-shaped foils are lo­cated be­tween the en­gines and the stern­drives but re­tract flush with the hull when not in use. They swing back and for­ward in­de­pen­dently to con­trol pitch, roll and

yaw to im­prove its ride and cor­ner­ing at­ti­tude, a bit like the ac­tive sus­pen­sion on a su­per­car.

A com­pact cabin with a con­vert­ible dinette and ba­sic gal­ley make overnight­ing pos­si­ble, al­though it’s the day heads that is likely to be ap­pre­ci­ated most. The stand­out fea­ture of the in­te­rior is a cam­era that projects an im­age of the view for­ward onto a slen­der screen to match the real win­dows on ei­ther side of it. You can read our ex­clu­sive full test of the new Fairline Targa 43 on p72

The Fairline Targa 43 was launched at both Cannes and Southamp­ton

TOP The R35 mo­tors round to the Cannes show us­ing its ac­tive foils to flat­ten the chop L E F T Its Pin­in­fa­rina-styling was un­veiled the night be­fore R IGHT The lav­ish cock­pit pro­tected from spray

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