British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline, premieres its new Targa 53GT express cruiser to the world, marking the launch of not just a new model but an entirely new concept, which eliminates the need to compromise when purchasing a boat.
Hand crafted to order by Fairline’s highly experienced and dedicated British craftsmen, the Targa 53GT sets a new standard in choice, personalisation and buyer satisfaction, which has never before been properly recognised or met by boat builders. There will be no such thing as an ‘off the shelf’ model with the Targa 53GT, allowing customers to design and purchase something that is truly their boat.
Recognised for nearly 50 years as guardians of British ingenuity and engineering of the ‘Boater’s Boat,’ Fairline has created the Targa 53GT to deliver a strategy to ask its customers to make fewer compromises in areas that really count. Fairline has attended to every detail – from the unrivalled performance, proven sea-keeping, and the exceptional quality of every aspect of on board space, facilities and features. The Targa 53GT redefines the 50 foot boating experience, providing outstanding quality in design and performance for the uncompromising end-user.
Design Director at Fairline, Andrew Pope, comments, “The Targa 53GT represents a dramatic step forward in motorboat design, using the Fairline design DNA to create a model that perfectly blends form and function. The use of smart design principles throughout the boat eliminates the owner’s need to compromise. We want our customers to regret nothing and when choosing the Targa 53GT, the owner will receive unrivalled flexibility in layout and complete confidence in its construction and features.”
Exterior lines reflect dynamic performance
The Targa 53GT is immediately distinctive thanks to its exterior styling and shows an evolution from the time proven Targa lineage, incorporating the distinctive deck window profile with signature Fairline spear. Continuing the Fairline tradition of timeless design, the Targa 53GT incorporates a beautifully tapered hull glazing that emphasises the new model’s dynamic character. The boat’s classic swept stern shape integrates the hull lines, creating a functional yet attractive transom that gives the boat a dynamic look, even when at rest.
Fairline takes a unique approach to constructing its boats with four separate mouldings coming together to create a monocoque construction. This procedure, along with Fairline’s resin infusion process, adds structural strength and rigidity while reducing weight, noise and vibration.
Sleek design features have been used to create an “in and out” experience, including large three piece patio doors that span the full width of the upper deck. The large ‘L shaped’ cockpit seating boasts a substantial three person sun pad utilising a moveable backrest, giving ‘open’ style exterior space whilst still being able to close the doors on any inclement weather. The Targa 53GT has a single level floor from the cockpit to saloon, with one step up to the companionway to maximise the feeling of space.
The new model also features a glazed retractable hardtop, a key advantage of which is the pneumatic seal, providing a waterproof seal and seamless one touch movement from closed to open. The boat’s glazed feature windows in the saloon allow light to flood in and provide a stunning 360 degree panoramic experience, with an uninterrupted view.
There is an option for a submersible bathing platform, with variable height hydraulic mechanism and a 500kg capacity. The platform holds an integrated ladder for those wanting to swim, which conveniently swings and locks away when not in use.
Interior elegance and flexibility
During the development of the Targa 53GT, emphasis was placed on creating the most flexible Fairline layout to date, providing customers with the chance to create their perfect boat, which is hand built to their specific requirements. This includes the choice of galley up or galley down, providing the customer with class-leading flexibility in layout and widening the boat’s appeal to meet the demands of a global market.
Designed to be a sociable boat inside and out, the Targa 53GT combines large cockpit seating and sunbathing areas, with interior saloon seating to provide a seamless flow of entertaining and relaxation space. A stone inlayed wooden high/low dining table with folding leaves can convert from dining to coffee table, allowing the main saloon seating to serve as a dining or relaxation area. A stunning feature drinks unit stands next to the starboard sofa and a 40 inch rise and fall flat screen television as standard.
Companion seating opposite the twin helm adds to the boat’s sociable and inclusive experience. The helm station is designed to ensure the best visibility for the driver due to a central helm position, and the boat is equipped with the latest Garmin navigational technology, renowned for its reliability, technical innovation and ease of use.
The full beam mid-ship master cabin boasts a king size bed, feature headboard, mood lighting and large panoramic windows. The highest quality interior materials are used throughout, including stone worktops and leather panelled drawers and bed surround. A flush mounted 32 inch television, along with a standalone vanity unit with illuminated mirror are just a couple of examples of the luxurious touches in the master cabin. The master ensuite features the option of marble worktops throughout – a first for Fairline – and large windows to light the spacious bathroom.
In addition to the stunning master cabin, there is a VIP forward double cabin, with the option to convert the double to a scissor berth and glazing overhead with integrated blinds. A versatile extra cabin is to port, with side by side twin beds. Often overlooked, the twin cabin features the same attention to detail as the other accommodation, with no need for guests to sleep in bunk beds and design touches including a full length mirror. For additional accommodation, the Targa 53GT offers an optional spacious crew cabin with a glazed aft window.
The galley is visually open to the upper deck, ensuring those enjoying the ambience below decks are always connected to other guests. Owners can choose from three beautiful stone worktop options and the galley’s contemporary yet practical features include a full height fridge freezer, induction hobs and soft close drawers. Storage options in the galley include large eyeline lockers above the worktop and an under floor larder. Customers opting for the ‘galley up’ option will gain an additional day head and flexible utility room in place of the galley.
Stunning design details run throughout the boat including feature piping and stitching on the sofas and leather bound and stitched handrails. Owners can select options for sofa coverings, fabric and leather from four sumptuous interior schemes based on popular boating destinations – Capri, St Tropez, Amalfi and the Hamptons.
Technical details and engine options
Offering excellent sea-keeping in all conditions, the Targa 53GT is a true “boater’s boat” and offers a choice of two shaft driven engine options from Volvo. Up to 725bhp is available through shaft drives, which better suits the handling and performance characteristics of a 50ft+ boat.
The boat can reach 33 knots in a fully loaded state, including fuel and water, and boasts high capacity fuel tanks for longer range, safer cruising.
Every feature has been carefully planned to enhance the on board experience of the Targa 53GT, including gyro stabilisation as a factory fitted option, a 45% increase in air conditioning output, 35% increase in exterior glazing, and 70% increase in cockpit seating and sunbed areas.
Prices start from £649,000 excluding VAT, with the 2x Volvo Penta D11-675 EVC engine option.
Douglas Culverwell, Sales and Marketing Director, adds, “The Targa 53GT gives an idea of the shape of things to come. We believe that a boat should be built around our customers’ requirements, enabling them to personalise their space and create more space where it really counts. For the uncompromising, nothing else will do.”
For more information about Fairline, please visit: www.fairline.com