34 KNOTS OF FUN

FAIRLINE’S TARGA 43 OPEN IS A CRUISER FIT FOR THE GROW­ING FAM­ILY

Yachting - - FRONT PAGE - by pa­trick sci­acca

Knife-shaped hull­side glass stretches from just be­low the bow to just abaft amid­ships, blend­ing with a straight-edge sheer line and a raked hard­top that looks like the wind has blown it back. To­gether, these de­sign el­e­ments cre­ate the Fairline Targa 43 Open’s sporty pro­file. ¶ The ex­press cruiser’s look comes from de­signer Al­berto Mancini, who also penned the builder’s Targa 63 GTO. Fairline is hop­ing for re­peat suc­cess with this 43, since the orig­i­nal Targa 43, pro­duced from 1997 to 2005, saw about 300 hulls built. ¶ A deep-V hull form sup­ports the new model’s racy aes­thetic and should slice through a sea­way. The fiber­glass hull, deck liner, and lon­gi­tu­di­nal and trans­ver­sal stringers are resin-in­fused, adding strength with­out weight. ¶ Power for the 43 Open is twin 435 hp Volvo

Penta IPS600 diesels, and the builder re­ports a 34-knot top-end. ¶ For fun in the sun, the yacht has a fore­deck sun pad, as well as a sun pad over the tran­som garage. The garage holds a Williams 280 Mini­jet ten­der. The teak-cov­ered hy­draulic swim plat­form should make for easy launch­ing and re­trieval, and the builder says the plat­form’s 661-pound lift­ing ca­pac­ity al­lows for a Sea-Doo Spark with a 421-pound dry weight. Three-step teak pas­sages flank the ten­der garage, al­low­ing cock­pit ac­cess from port or star­board. ¶ The helm is for­ward and to star­board with two seats, and can be out­fit­ted with a joy­stick for sim­pli­fy­ing close-quar­ters ma­neu­ver­ing. Across is an L-shaped set­tee with a table for guests. Abaft is L-shaped cock­pit seat­ing, and an­other seat is across from it, keep­ing ev­ery­one in the con­ver­sa­tion. ¶ For cruis­ing fam­i­lies, there is a two-state­room, two-head lay­out be­lowdecks. The stan­dard setup has a fore­peak mas­ter with a dou­ble berth and an amid­ships guest state­room with twin berths. And the spa­ces can be switched, with the fore­peak get­ting a scis­sor berth for two, if de­sired. ¶ The gal­ley-down is be­tween the two state­rooms. It has a two-burner cook­top, a mi­crowave and a fridge/freezer to port, and a dinette across. ¶ Fairline’s 43 Open may be the small­est model in the builder’s four-model Targa lineup, which stretches to 63 feet length over­all, but she pos­sesses the same sleek de­sign, ameni­ties and per­for­mance as her big­ger sis­ters.

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