Electric-powered windows on cars and boats are nothing new, but the sleek-looking Targa 58 Gran Turismo, by Fairline, premiered at the London International Boat Show this weekend, has a whole lot more glass in motion than the average powerboat. Not only does the roof open the cockpit area to the sky and put the driver and passengers in direct contact with the elements, but the single, long windows on either side of the deck saloon area go up and down at the touch of a button. In addition, the aft end of the saloon can be sealed off as a series of sequentially operated doors close, protecting passengers from weather that's too wet, too cold, or too hot.
At 58 feet, the main saloon has plenty of space for comfortable lounging, a galley to the starboard side, plus a helm station equipped for pilot and co-pilot. Belowdecks, the master is forward with a pair of staterooms aft, each with en suite head.
This new model is said to run at 30 to 38 knots on Volvo shaft-driven diesels, with top speed depending on engine selection. In my mind, this express cruiser would excel in variable temperature climates for any crew who didn't mind the wind in their hair; but if they did, the captain could easily close the windows and control the climate.