FAIRLINE TARGA 48
FAIRLINE TARGA 48 has a reputation for building boats that are great to drive, thanks to its long-standing partnership with the English naval architectural firm Bernard Olesinski Ltd. in Cowes, England. For the new Targa 48, however, the company went to J&J, part of the famous Seaway group in Slovenia, which not only drew the new hull but also engineered its high-tech construction. The first thing you notice is how beamy this hull is—over a foot wider than Fairline’s own Targa 47, for example, which adds significant extra internal volume. The engine placement is interesting too—the IPS drives are obviously aft, but the engines are a good three feet farther forward than you might expect, connected to the gearboxes on jackshafts.
Getting weight in the right places is a major aspect of boat design. A naval architect chum who changed careers and found himself designing battle tanks instead of yachts once told me that the two jobs weren’t much different: “You’ve just got to keep the weight out of the ends.” I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but his point was well illustrated when we took the 48 to sea off Cannes during the recent boat show.