BRITISH STARS STEAL THE SHOW
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