Third time’s a charm, right?

Power & Motor Yacht - - INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR - Dwight and Laura Healey (above) know a thing or two about get­ting a new Fair­line (op­po­site).

It all de­pends on the cir­cum­stances, of course, but as we get older, many of us be­gin to re­al­ize that apho­rism comes from a grain of truth.

Con­sider the ex­pe­ri­ence of Dwight and Laura Healey, who bought their lat­est boat, a Fair­line Squadron 65, af­ter six sea­sons in a Fair­line Targa 58. Be­fore that, they had a Fair­line Targa 52 for nine sea­sons. Aboard these boats the Healeys have seen their three sons grow into teenagers and then young men.

If you’ve cruised the wa­ters of south­ern New Eng­land and Long Is­land Sound, per­haps you’ve come across Wild Child, the name the Healeys have given to each of their boats. “When you go from a 52 to a 65, it’s a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence,” Dwight says. “It’s a lit­tle more thirsty, let’s say. We still go to our same spots, though. Our fa­vorite is Cham­plin’s in Block Is­land. We of­ten cruise to Mon­tauk and New­port as well, and we got out to Nan­tucket again this year with my par­ents. Those are our stomp­ing grounds.”

Sound fa­mil­iar? Loyal Power & Mo­to­ry­acht read­ers may re­mem­ber this fam­ily from their ap­pear­ance in the Au­gust 2003 is­sue. For that fea­ture, they in­vited writer Ge­orge L. Petrie to come aboard and test their brand-new Fair­line Targa 52 in Nor­walk, Con­necti­cut. The Healeys were first drawn to the 52 be­cause they were ready to get out of the go-fast boats they had been cruis­ing up un­til that time.

“We started with fast Cig­a­rette boats but moved away from them be­cause I knew with kids that would be the wrong route,” Laura says. “Then we char­tered a lit­tle bit, but ul­ti­mately, we wanted to get back into our own boat. On a trip to Florida, we saw a Fair­line and we loved the way it looked. So, the day we re­turned home we went to see Tom Caruso at To­tal Marine in Nor­walk, who showed us the Targa 52. We loved that it was a sport cruiser and we loved the room that it had, mostly be­cause we were go­ing from a day­boat to a cruiser with two bath­rooms. Back then, the kids were young and they were go­ing to be with us con­stantly, so that space was im­por­tant. We used the boat all sum­mer, and we brought friends with us so we got to see a lot of New Eng­land, which was re­ally an amaz­ing ad­ven­ture.”

Dwight agrees. “I used to leave that boat in Block Is­land and just take the ferry over to it, but I en­joyed run­ning it. And I liked go­ing across to Mon­tauk.”

Fam­i­lies grow, and the Healey fam­ily even­tu­ally out­grew the Targa 52. So, they went back to Caruso at To­tal Marine to up­grade to the next level of sport cruiser, the Targa 58.

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