Punch the throttle, and you feel the acceleration push you back into the molded bucket seat.
In a few seconds you're up to speed. The steering wheel instantly responds to your commands, taking turns effortlessly. Next stop, the horizon.
No, this isn't a joyride in a racy two-seater sports car. This is a 23-ton, 62-foot- long boat you're driving.
There's a word for this experience: awesome.
Fairline's Targa 62, the flagship of the British boat builder's express cruiser fleet, sets a new standard for luxury performance power boats. The boat's aggressive yet sensuous lines bespeak forward motion, even while at rest.
After testing the Targa 62, we were most impressed by its quickness and agility. However, along with all its raw power, there's a wide array of creature comforts aboard to make the ride not only exhilarating, but enjoyable, as well.
We tested the Targa 62 on a spring day, off the Florida coast.
The Targa 62 has a deep-V hull with 20 degrees of deadrise aft and prop pockets that direct thrust toward large elliptically shaped rudders.
Despite its size, the boat has runabout-responsive performance. It can take turns with a bank that would normally cavitate the outboard propeller.
During our sea trial, we did a tight circle of about 150 feet, at 25 knots. Marc Curreri of Fairline Boats of North America in Ft. Lauderdale ran the Targa 62 through a series of slalom maneuvers, the likes of which would test the mettle of a sports car on land.
You can put the boat into a hard-over turn in one direction, then spin the wheel in the opposite direction. It responds immediately to the change — with no loss of speed or control.
Our test boat was powered by a pair of 1,015 hp Caterpillar C18 diesels. They easily reached the rated top speed of 37 knots. At a 26-knot cruising speed, the engines turned 1,750 rpm and the fuel burn rate was 52 gallons per hour — respectable numbers for a boat this size.
To further the sports car-like feel, the Targa 62's helm has a pair of electrically operated Recaro bucket seats at the helm. Visibility to all quarters is good, although the boat rides with a slight bow-high attitude.
There's another double-wide seat on the port side that faces forward. The aft portion of the cockpit has a large U-shaped settee to port and an L-shaped settee along the starboard side.
A refreshment center is located just behind the helm seats. It holds a sink, an electric barbecue, an ice-maker and a refrigerator. All are standard features.
Our test boat was fitted with a fully enclosed air-conditioned cockpit that included optional stainless steel-framed sliding doors aft. A standard feature of the Targa 62's hardtop is a retractable roof panel that opens above the helm and port side seating.
There's even a platform that flips down from under the helm seat to raise the deck about a foot. You can drive the boat with your head above the top of the windscreen and get the wind in your hair treatment.
The Targa's foredeck has a large sunpad in the center. Both sides have adjustable headboards for sitting up. The space underneath them is a storage compartment.
You'll also find a pair of car trunk-size storage compartments immediately behind the sunpad. Each has dedicated space for a pair of fenders and dock lines.
The aft deck has two more sunpads — a single to starboard and a double to port.
There's a "garage" that opens to the stern that is large enough to store a personal watercraft or a 12-foot inflatable tender.
As an option, you can have a crew cabin under the starboard side of the aft deck. The layout includes a head and a single bunk.
Otherwise, the space can be used for storage — and this is also where an optional washer/dryer combination and a freezer can be located.
Fairline has always been known for its fine woodwork, all of which is crafted in-house. The joinery and finish on the Targa 62 was superb, as expected.
A splendid array of high-gloss cherry wood greets you as you enter the cabin. The galley is centered along the starboard side of the saloon, flanked by storage cabinets to its left and an audio/video entertainment center to its right.
Appliances on our test boat included an upright refrigerator/freezer, a microwave oven, a four-burner electric cooktop and a dishwasher. There are storage compartments above the galley, as well as in the American black walnut decking in front of it.
At the center of the U-shaped settee on the port side is a tabletop that's magnificently crafted with an eight-layer lacquering process. It looks almost liquid. Two stools conveniently stow around the table base when they're not needed.
Every seat on the settee is front row for the onboard entertainment center, which holds a 20-inch LCD flat-screen television, a DVD player and a Bose audio system. The saloon is flooded with natural light from a large portlight above.
The Targa 62 can be configured with either two or three staterooms. In either case, there is a VIP stateroom forward that has a queen-size berth, a large hanging locker to starboard, storage lockers to port and drawers in the berth base. A large overhead port here also fills the space with daylight.
The head serving the VIP suite also has access from the saloon. It contains a stall shower, a VacuFlush toilet and a vanity countertop with a molded sink.
The third stateroom is located just abaft the galley space on the starboard side. It has bunk-style berths and a hanging locker, along with full stand-up room fore to aft. Fairline thoughtfully provided a set of steps for easy access to the top bunk.
If you choose the two-stateroom floor plan, this space is made somewhat smaller and becomes a utility cabin. A washer/dryer and a freezer can be placed here, and the utility cabin comes with a countertop and storage cupboards.
The full-beam master suite is amidships and also features a queen-size berth. The berth is placed at a 45-degree angle coming out of the aft starboard corner, for easier side access. There's a hanging locker in the forward starboard corner.
In the two-stateroom floor plan, the master suite is larger because it takes on some of the space that would have been used by a third stateroom.
The master head entrance is in the forward port corner. It has a stall shower, as well, along with a large vanity and a standard VacuFlush marine head. There's a settee just abaft the head, along the port bulkhead.
The overall dimensions of the Targa 62 allowed Fairline to provide a generous amount of both living room and storage space. The interior is quite comfortable to move around in, and it has as much as 7 feet of headroom in most places.
This remarkable sport yacht is truly as satisfying to relax aboard as it is to drive.
Fairline Targa 62 Specification
|Dry Weight||46,400 pounds|
|Fuel capacity||780 gallons|
|Water capacity||145 gallons|
|Propellers on test boat||32"- x 45" pitch four-blade|
|Base price with twin 1||015-hp Caterpillar C18 diesels||$1,675,747|
|Price as tested||$1,763,815|
Bow thruster; electronics package; powered opening panel in hardtop; teak decking in cockpit; 17.5 kw auxiliary generator; china service and cutlery.
Cockpit air conditioning; stainless steel cockpit doors; passarelle; crew cabin; washer/dryer; freezer; dishwasher; underwater lights at stern.
Solid fiberglass construction throughout hull, deck and superstructure. Foam coring only used on deck walkways.
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