Fairline reveals its first new model by Italian designer Alberto Mancini
Fairline Yachts has given MBY a tantalising glimpse of the future with this image of its first all-new model under its new Russian owners. The Targa 62 isn’t due to be launched until early 2018 but this exclusive computer rendering gives a telling insight into the growing confidence of the born-again British brand. The bold new look is the work of Italian designer Alberto Mancini, who has been commissioned by Fairline Yachts to help shape the yard’s future model line-up.
The new Targa 62 certainly looks the part with dramatic new hull windows and a cleaner, sleeker profile than some of its recent sportscruiser offerings, but there is no mistaking the Fairline DNA in the arched side windows split by the familiar spear of white GRP. It’s not short on innovation either, with patio doors that disappear down into a slot beneath the cockpit deck, an extensive foredeck lounge and a fullbeam owner’s bathroom that isolates the master cabin from the engineroom. In keeping with the new Fairlines, it also boasts a very flexible interior that will allow owners to choose from a wide range of cabin, galley and saloon options to suit their style of boating.
Even the position of the cockpit doors is up for grabs with the standard boat dividing the main deck space equally between the cockpit and the saloon, while the ‘extended saloon’version pushes the doors to the back of the hardtop for more inside space.
The galley can be up in the saloon or down below decks and if you opt for the former, you can also choose between a galley aft or a galley forward layout. The standard boat will have three big double cabins and three heads, plus a small crew cabin in the stern, but there is an option to add a fourth bunk bed cabin if required. Power comes from a range of shaftdrive engine options giving speeds up to an estimated 40 knots. Integrated thrusters with joystick control should give IPS levels of manoeuvrability while the hull is designed to accommodate either fin or gyro stabilisers.
By choosing to appoint Alberto Mancini rather than rely on its own in-house design team, Fairline hopes to inject fresh excitement and innovation into its range of 38-78ft motoryachts.
Andy Pope, head of design at Fairline Yachts says: “Following an exhaustive process, we are delighted to announce this design partnership. Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future models.”
The Italian designer is best known for his work styling high-performance craft for Otam, Mangusta and Magnum Marine, but his portfolio also includes Dominator Yachts and its groundbreaking new Ilumen 28M project.
Dutch naval architect Vripack has been appointed to oversee the underwater hull shape and engineering now that former Fairline designer Bernard Olesinski has signed an exclusivity contract with Princess Yachts. Vripack has an equally illustrious list of clients from superyacht builders to Steeler.
Speaking about the brand new collaboration, Mancini says: “I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both the interior and exterior. In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950s and 60s when famous British carmakers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.”
Russell Currie, managing director of Fairline Yachts adds: “Introducing the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini with the engineering excellence of Vripack to the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already have at Fairline makes an exciting combination.