Fairline Targa 48 Gran Turismo

With a new focus on engineering and design, Fairline is looking for Australian buyers – and this particular Targa 48 Gran Turismo is ready to go


Established in 1967 and having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Fairline Yachts has a reputation for innovation and excellence.

The UK-based company has been building family and sports cruisers for almost 40 years of its history, embarking on the build of even larger craft in the early 1990s. It’s these craft that effectively cemented the brand’s global reputation, a reputation that has just entered a new stage of its evolution with the arrival of celebrated Italian designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval architects and superyacht specialist, Vripack, into the Fairline fold.

Fairline’s first Targa was launch in 1985. That boat, the Targa 33 set a benchmark for the modern express cruiser and helped establish the brand in markets outside of Europe.

Much more recently, Fairline launched the 48 Series in 2014. The innovative design incorporated both resin-infusion technology and a new monocoque deck construction, as well as a unique hull, designed exclusively for Volvo’s IPS pod-drive technology.

The Targa 48 Open has been one of Fairline’s most popular models. And now the company has released an updated version of the Targa 48 Gran Turismo (GT).

Based on the same hull, mechanicals and layout as the Targa 48, the Fairline Targa 48 GT, adds a level of luxury to the equation.

The craft we’re profiling is lying at Sanctuary Cove (Qld) and is available for immediate delivery. It has been upgraded for local conditions by Leigh-Smith Yachts and features an Australian-friendly ‘galley up’ layout and retains its full deck-level salon, aft sliding doors and opening hardtop.

Being one of the most recent 48 GT builds, Hull 48/529 GT also incorporates the latest 2018 upgrades to Fairline’s 48-foot range. These include a reworked interior to “maximise quality, comfort and style” and, says Fairline, the addition of the same full-length hull windows that feature on the award-winning Targa 63 GTO.

“Ensuring life below deck is bathed in natural light as well as adding a modern, sleek and stylish exterior look,” Fairline stated.

Grand proportions

While the Targa 48 Open offers plenty of protection for a sports boat, the Fairline Targa 48 Gran Turismo takes the equation one step further. The one-touch operation powered, glazed sunroof teamed with luxurious saloon seating makes for an ideally versatile experience both day and night – and the feeling of a much larger yacht.

Starting from aft, there’s a good sized cockpit with a large u-shaped lounge for the whole crew. A removable table delivers an al fresco dining experience and there’s a small wet bar to starboard just outside the sliding saloon door.

Two steps down from the cockpit is a large swim platform. The platform provides access to generous aft storage and, as it is powered, can be configured to accommodate and easily launch and retrieve a tender or personal watercraft.

For full review please click : https://www.boatsales.com.au/editorial/details/fairline-targa-48-gran-turismo-113551/

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