14 Aug 2014

As soon as he set eyes on this fabulous Sports Cruiser which has taken Europe by storm, Boating World’s MD Derrick Levy knew she would suit our coastline and captivate local enthusiasts.  His unfailing sixth sense for picking winners soon had tongues wagging and this latest addition to the African stable is destined to be a favorite.

In typical Fairline style, there’s no skimping on attention-to-detail and like her siblings before her, the 48 is bursting with luxurious fittings and awesome power with every inch oozing Mediterranean style living.

Take a look with us at this endlessly spacious option with her panoramic windows and free-flowing sociable areas both inside and out. The wide-open cockpit with helm station has plenty of seating for shooting the breeze around the cantilevered folding cockpit table which is cleverly stowed away under the sofa cushion. If it gets too hot, a standard, electrically powered canvas roof overhead keeps the area shaded and airy.

When eyelids grow heavy, passengers can stretch out either on the large bow or cockpit sunpads for a snooze or to soak up some of the sun. Again, there’s the added luxury of controlling how much sunlight they’re exposed to by activating the powered retractable cockpit cover.

When it comes to overnighting, this Targa sleeps seven. She boasts two en-suite cabins with an impressive master suite midships with an optional sofa that converts into an additional bed. The scissors-style single beds in the forward VIP cabin can be drawn together to form a double bed.

A stroll into the adjoining galley with its full height fridge/freezer and you’ll find everything you need for sumptuous snacks or mealtimes. There is also the option of turning the spacious leather lounger in the dinette into a third cabin if you need more sleeping accommodation.

Not only does she look fantastic but her ride is solid and sure footed and she is highly responsive with exceptional turning ability. She cuts through the water very cleanly, keeping all spray and wake very low in the water. No doubt her dynamic new resin-infused hull has a lot to do with it - being 30% lighter – and even better you’ll save on fuel.

Open up her powerful twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 Diesel engines (capable of 870mhp) and you’ll get up to a combined top speed of around 32 knots, great for reaching far off destinations.  Of course the IPS pod drives mean easy, relaxed driving and when you get back to the marina joystick control makes parking so much easier especially if there are tight spots.

As expected there’s loads of storage space all over - under seating and in other areas. There’s even a garage to house her sporty 100hp Williams Jet RIB 285 tender. Other options include a submersible powered bathing platform. This is a great spot for casting a line or easy access in and out of the boat.  All in all, the Fairline Targa 48 Open is and entertainer’s delight and one which will attract loads of attention!