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Fairline’s Targa 34 was in pro­duc­tion for al­most a decade, span­ning 1997 to 2006. It was launched as a smaller al­ter­na­tive to the Targa 37 but ended up killing off its larger sib­ling. By the time pro­duc­tion ceased, over 300 ex­am­ples had been built.


The Targa 34 fea­tures a clas­sic two cabin lay­out split by the dinette and gal­ley. It was launched with vee berths in the for­ward cabin to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the larger Targa 37 but Fairline soon changed it to an off­set dou­ble, which the boat ran with for the rest of its pro­duc­tion life. The stand-out fea­ture is the fin­ish – a riot of rich cherry wood (a proper ve­neer, not a fake wood lam­i­nate), thick up­hol­stery and ex­pen­sive car­pets. Check out the brushed stain­less steel on the bulk­head ahead of the dinette – sim­ply won­der­ful.


White top­sides might be eas­ier to main­tain but most peo­ple want the dark blue, it looks fan­tas­tic (there was also a rarer and less de­sir­able turquoise op­tion). There’s masses of seat­ing in the cock­pit, from the L-shaped set­tee next to the helm at the raised for­ward end of the cock­pit to the large dinette aft. Side decks are gen­er­ous once you’ve ducked un­der the steeply raked radar arch, with rails that run to the cock­pit.


All twin in­stal­la­tions, Fairline of­fered the old Volvo Penta AQAD 41 200hp as the base diesels but I’ve never seen one, most get­ting the newer KAD se­ries in 43 (230hp), 44 (260hp) or 300 (285hp) vari­ants. There were even two twin V8 petrol op­tions.

The larger petrol and diesel op­tions knock on the door of 40 knots, with the KAD 44 EDC mo­tors fit­ted to this boat you’ll still be in the high 30s – am­ple.


De­spite the em­pha­sis on ac­com­mo­da­tion, the Targa 34 is a great drive.

Fast, solid and con­fi­den­cein­spir­ing, the Bernard Olesin­ski hull scythes a So­lent chop and carves con­fi­dent turns, or point it cross Chan­nel and revel in its ca­pa­ble off­shore per­for­mance.

The so­cia­ble cock­pit lay­out still works well to­day. Only the blue tinted glass dates it

The prac­ti­cal two cabin lay­out fea­tures high-gloss cherry cab­i­nets and thick car­pets

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