FAIRLINE TARGA 34
BU ILT 2001 PR ICE £89 ,950
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