February 25, 2010

New Model: Fairline 44 Targa Open

Fairline's 44 Targa Open model is the rethinking of the 44 Targa GT launched in 2007. The 44 Targa GT was much acclaimed during its launch by the British builder for its two year testing in order to make the best of Volvo IPS pods. Strangely two years after its presentation Fairline gives the 44 Targa GT a propulsion change, now with stern drives, a new cockpit design which favours a longer settee, and gets added with a new Open no hardtop model version. While many questions may arise mostly regarding the propulsion change what it certainly did was to make the 44 Targa Open, a more competitively priced Fairline model in this size range. Apart the now more competitive edge the other benefits are a more sportier also cheaper no hardtop version, and an exterior aft deck which gives more settee place for entertaining. The interior with twin double cabins, two heads, saloon and galley is the same. Worth to note here is the clever second guest shower head which unlike most of the competition stands outside of the guest cabin. The split level exterior is also unchanged in its other areas like the well sized wet bar, and L-shaped settee to port of the helm station. The stern drive propulsion change apart discounting the price give also better economy and speeds with less power, achieving a 35 knots with the largest twin 370hp optional choice.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13,68 m (44.9ft)
Hull Length - 13.12 m
Beam - 4.04 m
Draft - 1.01 m
Displacement - 11.12 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 996 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo stern drive
Speed - 32 knots max with D4 300hp, 35 knots with D6 370hp
Hull - deep forward section with nineteen degrees deadrise aft
Construction - hand laid gel coat fiberglass, polyurethane foam core for deck
Project - Fairline Design Team, Bernard Olenski hull