In Finland, they call Targa boats the "4X4s of the sea," and one look at the company's 10.75m (35' 3") LOA Tarfish TF1040 will tell you why: Not only is she ruggedly built to typical Scandinavian standards, but her weathertight pilothouse, deep forward cockpit, uncluttered afterdeck and basic-but-adequate cruising accommodations mean she can wear many hats. Targa says the Tarfish TF1040 is for fishing, but we see her as a miniature expedition yacht, one that would be ideal for adventures in less-than-tropical climates anywhere.
Fore and aft self draining decks
Swimming platform including ladder
Wide passageways around pilothouse
6 seats on deck
Pilothouse with three sliding doors
U-shaped front seat with storage lockers
2 fish tanks on aft deck
Seven seats in pilothouse
Table for five in pilothouse
Galley (2-burner cooker + fresh water)
1 double + 1 pipe berth in aft cabin
Toilet including shower in fore cabin
Targa Tarfish TF1040 (2011-) Specifications
35' 3'' 10.75 m
13,889 lbs 6,300 kg
10' 3'' 3.15 m
3' 6'' 1.10 m
206 gal. 780 L
44 gal. 170 L
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Targa Tarfish TF1040 (2011-)Engine options
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1 x 330-hp Volvo Penta D6 1 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 2 x 225-hp Volvo Penta D4 2 x 330-hp Volvo Penta D6 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6
The Tarfish TF1040's high stern rail suggests she's better suited for fishing for species easily hauled aboard. But the rail provides necessary extra protection for non-piscatorial pursuits, especially when the weather is boisterous. The stern platform will be good for diving, and protects the outdrives, too.
A Boat of Many Colors
One of three models in Targa's Tarfish line (the others are the TF 770 and TF820), the TF1040 is fitted with what North American anglers would consider only rudimentary fishing gear: A pair of fishboxes aft, a 7-rig rocket launcher on the pilothouse. But folks who fish from boats like this, in climates like Finland's, aren't hoping to haul trophy marlin or sailfish on board – they're chasing cod or Atlantic salmon or even mundane species like flounder. (Fish folks like to eat.) In the western Atlantic, we'd also troll or cast for bluefish and stripers; the TF1040 would be fine for all of the aforementioned.
The TF1040's cockpit is uncluttered (the teak seats P&S fold down), with a centerline transom door leading to a full-beam platform with ladder. It looks deep enough to protect swimmers from whacking into the stern drives. Engine access is via the two large hatches.
She's set up well for many other activities. Her open afterdeck, centerline transom door and wide stern platform welcome sport divers and swimmers. Seating is limited here, though, with just a pair of flip-up teak seats on either side. The teak caprail doesn't look very comfortable to lean against, either. But no matter: The forward cockpit has molded seats with backrests and a fold-up table mounted on the forward face of the cabin – this is where we'd socialize and dine al fresco.
The outside steering station, with room for a nav unit, VHF, depthsounder and more, will come in handy more frequently than you expect. Forward visibility is limited, so it doesn't replace a flying bridge, but for backing into a slip or reversing in pursuit of a stubborn fish it can't be beat. (Targa builds other boats, less fish-focused, with flying bridges.)
The pilothouse provides not only a mount for the rocket launcher, but also a base for the radar scanner, raised a bit on a miniature arch, and a liferaft. Anytime you venture farther from shore than you can swim, you should carry a raft. You never know....
We'd carry a small inflatable rolled up in a bag for shore expeditions in out-of-the-way places that this boat just begs you to explore. We can see taking her up the fjords to small fishing villages or coves rarely visited by anyone not in a kayak. In North America, we'd explore the northern coast of Maine, Nova Scotia and maybe even venture into Newfoundland. The TF1040, with her Scandinavian breeding, would let us do all of this: When the weather turned sour, we'd have a cozy pilothouse for shelter.
The forward cockpit has seats for six, according to the Targa folks. There's a fold-up table on the pilothouse face and a shelf with rail/handhold to rest your drinks on. There's stowage under the seats, and two large bow cleats, but we don't see an anchor well: We'd want to carry two anchors with long rodes, one of them set up for instant deployment.
What's in the Pilothouse?
The Scandinavians manage to fit lots of accommodations into small cabins, thanks to creative use of space both horizontally and vertically. The Tarfish TF1040's pilothouse sits on top of a lower deck with both a single and double berth. Yes, headroom is scanty, but once you're in your sleeping bag, who cares? It's cozy and way, way better than catching forty winks on a converted dinette.
Here's how Targa fits berths for three in the TF1040. There's a lower deck under the pilothouse with both double and single berths. They are crawl-in, and don't have much in the way of amenities, but to us they look comfortable for no-frills cruising.
Here's the plan view. Placing the head forward makes the full beam of the hull available, a better solution than jamming it into a small compartment on main-deck level, even considering the V of the hull. Both single and twin diesel sterndrives are available.
The head is forward, a couple of steps down from the pilothouse. It's bigger than we'd expect, thanks to its location, which allows use of the boat's full beam.
The pilothouse has weathertight sliding doors port and starboard onto the wide side decks, and a third door aft to the cockpit. Some Scandinavian boats do away with direct access aft, but Targa added this door to make it easier to tend lines and so forth. We all know that fishermen like to hang out in the cabin as much as possible, going on deck only when something needs reeling in. That's even more true in the kind of weather the TF1040 is designed for.
We'd rather sleep here than on a converted dinette in the pilothouse, even if the fixed berth is crawl-in only. A single and double are on the lower deck. The head is forward, reached by passing through the pilothouse, then down a couple of steps into the bow.
The pilothouse is cozy – some might say cramped – but we like not having far to fall in rough weather. Targa says the table will seat five. There's a double companion seat and a single behind the wheel.
Scandinavian boats always seem to have their pilothouse tables mounted on a through-pipe rather than a pedestal. It looks odd to us from the West, but provides an excellent handhold when clambering into the seat. The seat at right is also the companion helm bench; its back flips fore and aft.
Where's the Galley?
What's an expedition boat without a means to feed ravenous explorers? But although Targa says the TF1040 has a galley with a two-burner stovetop and sink, we don't see it on the plan, and all the usual places it would be are already filled. So where is it? It's hidden under what we thought was a chart table, to port of the helm. Sounds odd at first, but think about it: The galley isn't used much on a boat this size, and rarely when under way, so why dedicate valuable space to it? Make it do double duty by covering it with a flat surface for navigation. We think this is a great idea for a boat like this.
The Tarfish TF1040 helm is nothing out of the ordinary, but has room for trunnion-mounting two full-size nav units, or one with a dedicated radar display. The compass is offset from the helm, but you'll get used to using the 45-degree lubber line. Note the flat wooden surface close to the camera – a handy place to spread charts, and more...
Remove a section of the "chart table" to expose the galley, a sink and two-burner cooktop in a single stainless-steel unit. There's also a microwave below. Where does the wooden top stow? We don't know, but we hope it slides down vertically behind the stove; that's how they often do it on sailboats, and Botnia Marin, builder of Targas, started out in sail. We like this set-up, a way to have your galley and chart table, too.
Power and Performance
Buyers of the Tarfish TF1040 have a choice of single or twin Volvo Penta diesel sterndrives, from a single 230-kW (330-hp) D6 to twin 272-kW (370-hp) D6s, maximum total power. Lower-rated D4s and D6s are also offered in twin configurations. We haven't tested this boat ourselves, but the builder claims top speeds between 33 and 42 knots, depending on power.
Engine access is excellent through large hatches on the aft deck. This pair of Volvo-Penta D6-370s is the maximum power offered, and there looks to be plenty of room around the diesels for everyday maintenance and repair.
What about cruising range, more important to most people than top speed when considering a boat like the TF1040? Again, we haven't run our own numbers, but Targa says fitting the boat with twin D4-260s (382-kW, 520-hp total) will produce a cruising speed of approximately 31 knots, at a fuel burn of 2.3 l/n.m (.61 U.S. gal./n.m., or 1.64 n.m./gal.). Our calculations give us a cruising range at that speed of 300 n.m., with a 10% reserve, based on the boat's 780 l (206 gal.) fuel capacity. That's enough to carry you way off the beaten path, if you choose to go boating in such areas, or spend a long weekend harbor-hopping in built-up areas.
The Targa Tarfish TF1040 is a versatile, well-built boat in the Scandinavian tradition. We think she'd make a fine cruiser and explorer for folks not overly concerned with "yachtiness." We'd like to have one, and would enjoy both fishing and venturing to faraway places in her. Unfortunately, since we live in North America, that's probably not going to happen, unless we fly to Greenland. Why not?
Although Botnia Marin Oy Ab, builder of the TF1040 and all Targas, has dealers in 21 countries, they are mostly in Europe. At press time there's no distribution in mainland North America, Australia or New Zealand, all countries where we think the boat would be popular. (Although there's a dealer in Greenland, one in Russia and one in Japan.) If you live outside of Europe and want to see a Targa Tarfish TF1040, or another boat in the company's line, then you'll have to visit the factory. But call ahead: Botnia Marin Oy will be closed in July and the first half of August so its employees can go fishing. Consult the builder for prices, options and other information, too.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Targa Tarfish TF1040 (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Targa Tarfish TF1040 (2011-) Warranty
Targa Tarfish TF1040 (2011-) Warranty Information
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