Fairline Targa 62 Page 2

Fairline Targa 62 By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — December 2004

The Lap of Luxury

Part 2: Below decks is quite unexpress-like in terms of lighting, thanks to the saloon’s overhead hatch.

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But it wasn’t just performance that brought the Bethells to the 62. “We thought it’s great for entertaining,” Ben says. And she is certainly up to the task. For instance, how about some grilled mahi-mahi and a cold one? Just aft of the helm (to starboard) are a DeDietrich barbecue and Isotherm ice maker and ‘fridge. This gear is conveniently located across from the U-shape dining area, which becomes an alfresco spot when the 62’s retractable roof is open. Of course, if you prefer more sun, you can take your food and/or cocktails to the aft-deck sunpad. It lies over the tender garage, which houses a Polaris PWC for three and is awaiting the Bethells’ first outing. Ben says that the maiden voyage for each of his boats consists of cruising to Ocean Reef, Little Palm Island, and Key West. I’m sure he’ll get some use of that PWC along the way.

And while the couple could do their inaugural cruise in speedy fashion, Valentina is also set up with amenities for that slow trip to nowhere. Below decks is quite unexpress-like in terms of lighting, thanks to the saloon’s overhead hatch, which measures three feet across (headroom is 6'8"). The portholes to port and starboard add more ambient light. A U-shape leather lounge to port is bathed in this light and is quite comfy, too, and the cherrywood throughout the interior (maple is another option) defines fit and finish. Fairline only offers a high-gloss look, which is outstandingly crafted and is comprised of eight layers of lacquer. The wood on my test boat handsomely accented the standard Avonite countertops. In addition, the curves of the cabinetry in the galley to starboard and rounded bulkheads throughout are exquisite. Fairline bends all its laminates for the bulkheads in-house, and the grain-matching is top-notch. A nice and often-overlooked touch: All cabinets and countertops have safety rails, to prevent anything from flying away.

The accommodations on Valentina feature the same superb woodwork as the saloon. The full-beam (15'7") aft master has an athwartships berth that is queen-like in size (Fairline calls it a double), with almost no taper toward the forward section, to keep toes from hanging over. An en suite head, vanity, and sofa rounds out the area. There’s also a double berth in the forepeak VIP and twin bunks in the guest quarters just aft and to starboard of the galley. Guests share a day head just aft and to port of the VIP. In addition, a standard fourth stateroom lies adjacent to the engine room, which can be used for crew quarters or stowage.

Fairline says its goal with this latest Targa was to build a boat with the fit and finish of its premium Squadron line. The builder also wanted to offer as many standard amenities as possible. I’d say it’s hit the mark on both scores, and the proof is in the excitement exuded by the Bethells. As Valentina noted, while they were looking to get out of boating, the 62 kept them in the game. She also refers to this vessel as their “perfect boat.” And, if you spend some time onboard, you may find the Targa 62 to be perfect for you, too.

Fairline Boats of North America ( (954) 525-7430. www.fairline.com.

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This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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