For boat owners and daydreamers alike, Fairline's Targa 48 is a classic, and not many boats achieve such status. Visually, the proportions are right from all angles, this being the very best incarnation of the Fairline Targa range, most sporting the Pershing-like flat oval side windows.
The boat was first displayed at the London Boat show in 1996, and the display model was sold immediately. Orders rolled in, such that Fairline made over twenty in the first year, and eventually almost two hundred in total.
The Targa 48 was a significant leap in size for Fairline's Targa range - remember that up until this time the largest model in the range was the T39, itself an ageing stretched 38 with lengthened swim platform, a lot smaller in every respect.
A key attraction of the T48 is that it's the smallest boat open boat you can buy with three proper double cabins. No other boat manages this trick quite so neatly. The owner’s cabin has privacy at the forward end of the saloon, with two mirror-image twins aft of the saloon.
The specialist motorboat magazines almost audibly mourned passing of the T48 when it was eventually replaced with the T52, still a good boat but which crosses the psychologically important 50-foot barrier beyond which many owner-drivers feel that a boat becomes too big. A T48 isn't quite as quick as the later T52 replacement, but for most owners it will do everything they want for a fraction of the price. Most agree that it's better looking too.
Perhaps one reason for the success of the T48 is that it hits the spot for everyone on board. First and foremost, it looks the absolute business. It's big enough to feel safe and roomy enough to live aboard for a couple of weeks or more and invite friends to stay too.
Step aboard and the near 12 tons displacement feels a lot more solid than the smaller sub-forty foot sisters in the Targa range. There's a huge party area in the cockpit and a smart dashboard. The saloon down below is a modern, with clean flowing lines: space to move around the galley to the port side or seat at least six around a table opposite. Those rear cabins are cosy yet they're proper cabins, not the usual squeeze into a hole with a mattress. These are good enough to invite guests to stay, and the very best dens for even full-sized children.