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the IMAG e that rocked our boat this Month

Motorboat & Yachting - - BIG PICTURE -

Carv­ing a trench in a patch of Mediter­ranean south of the Lérins Is­lands off Cannes, the Fairline Targa 43 Open car­ries the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion on its cur­va­ceous shoul­ders. This Al­berto Mancini de­sign joins a Targa model line that has pro­duced some of the great­est sportscruis­ers ever built, from the game-chang­ing Targa 33 of the 1980s to the supremely tal­ented Targa 47 and the orig­i­nal Olesin­ski-de­signed Targa 43 it­self. Times have changed though, and for most cus­tomers liv­ing space is king so the brief is trick­ier than it used to be. Yes, the boat needs to per­form and look the busi­ness but a full-beam owner’s cabin, two spa­cious bath­rooms and a ten­der garage are now a must too. This is the boat that will de­fine the modern era of Fairline; does it hit the mark? Find out on p72.

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