Our Boat Test of the Fairline Targa 53GT. Fairline is staying the course after facing down a financial headsea or two. The future looks bright indeed if the Targa 53GT is any indication, and this luxurious saloon layout is just the start.
Our first look at the Fairline Targa 53GT.
It’s hard not to like what Fairline’s doing these days. Its launches all seem to be fun to drive with lots of attention to onboard detail. And the 53GT looks to be no different.
Power & Motoryacht Tested: Fairline Targa 48 Open
The Fairline Targa 48 Open is a stylish express cruiser that incorporates plenty of design and engineering highlights. Our European editor Alan Harper took her for a spin recently out on the ocean blue. Here’s what he thought of her.
Power & Motoryacht's First Look at the Fairline Targa 48 Open
The new-model machine that is Fairline has been functioning in overdrive lately. Case in point is the Fairline Targa 48 Open, with its electrically actuated canvas roof that brings the outside in when you want it. Learn more about her here.
Power & Motoryacht Boat Test: Fairline Targa 62 GT
If you think top-flight fit and finish is sexy, then you should join Senior Editor Kevin Koenig on his sea trial of the Fairline Targa 62 GT. You'll see what we mean when you read his test report here.
Power & Motoryacht's first look at the Fairline Squadron 60. Squadron is what UK-based boatbuilder Fairline calls its series of elegant flying-bridge yachts, and the 60 falls right in the heart of the line. Learn about the amenities and fit and finish of this newest addition to Fairline’s stable here.
Fairline looks to conquer the world with its Squadron 50 flying-bridge cruiser.
The Fairline Squadron 50 flying-bridge cruiser is built with a British attention to detail without any of the stiff upper lip. Power & Motoryacht's boat test of the Fairline Squadron 50, including test data, review, photos, specifications, and layout diagrams
Historically speaking, the Brits have always enjoyed some measure of dominance at sea, from the Battle of Vigo Bay to the sinking of the Bismarck. Perhaps it was with this tradition in mind that England’s own Fairline Boats created the Targa 50 GT, a build that looks to please discerning owners and impress visiting guests with a vigor worthy of her pedigree.
With its new Squadron 50, British builder Fairline aimed to design a boat that offered an extremely comfortable onboard experience.
An important part of building a great boat is being a good listener. Fairline understand this, which is why the company took plenty of advice from its owners when crafting this 50-foot express cruiser. She is highlighted by her saloon’s panoramic windows which lend her interior an airy ambiance. Down below, a full-beam master with en suite head completes the
A Little Flash for the Family
Looking for performance and posh but need room for kids and grandkids? Fairline’s got it.
A few months ago I tested the Fairline Targa 58 (see April PMY, “Pure Indulgence”), a boat I found to be as exciting and glamorous as she was impractical—at least for most of us. I loved her, and I figured the reason I did was my uniquely American
Ever wish you could forget about practicality? This boat will make you believe you not only can but should.
I studiously avoid comparing boats and cars, feeling that in the size range that PMY covers, there’s really little commonality; a better comparison might be boats and apartments, or better yet, boats and vacation homes. But I admit that minor
Fit for a Queen
A renowned British boatbuilder blends some new technology with old-world luxury.
Fairline has always been known for designing exceptionally seakindly boats that also have elegant, understated lines. This British builder is also known for crafting lush interiors that are stunning enough for the Queen Mum herself. The new
British Sea Power
The builder's reputation for seaworthy boats continues with its latest cruiser.
Although you may not glean it from the company's glamorous advertisements, the British builder Fairline claims the foundation of its brand is much more than just luxury. It's about building a vessel that can also travel safely through
Once our test-boat's captain deftly maneuvered the Fairline Targa 64 Gran Turismo around the crewless and sinking sportfisherman, I knew things had to get better. One of the reasons our 64's crew, which also consisted of Fairline rep Steve Leeson and me, easily spotted the low-in-the-water vessel while cruising by at 36 mph was the 64's running angle. Many express-style cruisers tend to run bow
My introduction to serious wheel time at PMY was onboard a Fairline Phantom 43 back in 2000. She was our company boat that year, and I was running numbers with senior editor Capt. Ken Kreisler. Up to this point my boating background had been primarily focused on sportfishermen, and I remember being awed by the 43's high-gloss wood, the volume of her interior, and just how different to me
When a PMY editor tests a boat, he or she is supposed to approach it with an open, unbiased mind. Of course, this is impossible. Being human, we can't avoid preconceptions. Every time we step aboard, we take along our notebooks, measuring tapes, inclinometers, dB meters—and yes, our baggage, which we try our best to ignore.
My wring-out of the Fairline 66 Squadron was like
Now and again, you've got to push the ol' envelope. You've got to take a vessel you're testing offshore in edgy weather and really slam her around. Of course, under such conditions, you hope for a good boat—or at least a safe boat—and prior to heading out, you like to know that everyone onboard is down with the upcoming vicissitudes.
"You okay? You're not gonna get sick, are
Once in a while, I forget what boating’s really about. I get all tangled up in a particular vessel’s construction, say, or her engineering. I crawl around on all fours for hours, exploring engine rooms, examining the wonders of electrical systems or hull-to-deck joints. Or I spend hours checking out the latest laminating techniques on plant tours. And although most of this stuff is interesting
Ben and Valentina Bethell only caught the boating bug seven years ago, but since discovering the lifestyle this cruising couple has learned, embraced, and lived it full throttle. After relocating from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Naples, Florida, the duo thought owning a boat went hand in hand with living in the Sunshine State, so they started out with a 15-foot jet boat. That quickly escalated to a 42
What are the odds? As I walked into the Fairline dealer's office at Total Marine in Norwalk, Connecticut, customers had just placed a deposit on the Targa 52 that I was there to test. In the midst of the couple's obvious joy over their new purchase, it hardly seemed an appropriate time to embark on a boat test. For one thing, the dealer wanted to walk through the Targa with her new owners to
I like the way the English do things. Their speech, mannerisms, and courteous ways, especially with their nautical customs steeped in history as they are, are all done with just the right amount of—well, as their neighbors across the channel would put it, sang-froid, cool, self-assurance. “M’Lord, it’s the Spanish Armada. Shall we dispatch them?” “Straight away, Commander, at your leisure.
The editors put themselves to the test as they aim to run through the Chris-Craft fleet in a single day. Discover scenes from a boat tester’s dream here. ▶
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