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 Targa 58 Gran Turismo has all of these attributes in spades, but she also has one asset that her predecessors lacked: technological wizardry that calls to mind something out of science fiction.
With the flick of a few switches, not only does the Gran Turismo’s signature retractable hardtop extend aftward to shade a large portion of the cockpit, but the whole vessel transforms herself, almost as if she were two boats in one: both a chic and elegant cruiser and an open-air party boat. Both side windows in her saloon can be lowered to provide a refreshing cross breeze, and the doors at the aft end of the interior can be opened electrically to meld the cockpit and saloon into one expansive space. The effect is akin to the difference between a cozy living room and a sublimely situated gazebo—albeit one that has been decked out with an LCD TV, iPod dock with Bose speakers, and optional blue LED mood lighting.
And the technological treats aren’t limited to just the main deck. The teak swim platform is fitted with a tender launch that would make NASA jealous. The optional, concealed, mechanized launch can effortlessly raise and lower a tender, and then disappear back into the platform as if it hadn’t been there at all.
Below decks, the 58 sports yet another luxury: a roomy master cabin (with an en suite head and 6'4" headroom) positioned forward and athwartships to take advantage of the boat’s considerable beam. The 58’s port and starboard guest cabins are aft of the forepeak master, and amidships. She also has an optional fourth cabin, which is suitable for crew, all the way aft.
The 58 was seen as an especially sweet size for the company to produce, since 58 feet is not an exceedingly common size for hardtop sportscruisers currently in production. But size is patently not the 58’s only worthy attribute.
This boat should handle well thanks to a Bernard Olesinski-designed modified deep-V hull form. And her optional twin straight-shaft Volvo Penta D-13900s should push her along at a top end of 33 knots (38 mph) though Fairline also offers twin Caterpillar C15 ACERTs at 865 hp for those who don’t quite feel the need for that much speed. But whichever way her owner outfits her, she’ll have enough raw athleticism to match her luxurious accommodations and technological smorgasbord. Suffice to say, Fairline gave the Targa 58 Gran Turismo the royal treatment.CONTACT: Total Marine (954) 924-1688. www.powerandmotoryacht.com/fairline.
This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.