Fairline Boats, a leading U.K. luxury motoryacht manufacturer, has been given the “Motor Boat of the Year” Award 2011 in the 'Sportscruiser Above 45 ft' category for the Targa 58 Gran Turismo. The yacht was launched January 2010. This is the third consecutive year that Fairline has won a “Motor Boat of the Year” Award. These awards are made by a panel of boating journalists who work for Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat & Yachting magaizines, which are both owned by the same publishing company. BoatTEST.com also thought the Fairline Targa 58 was noteworthy and reviewed it summa cum laude last March.
BoatTEST.com identified the Fairline Targa 58 as an innovative and noteworthy boat soon after her launch last spring. We are gratified that some U.K. boating writers recently agreed.
Every once in a while a new boat comes along that catches our eye and the Fairline Targa 58 Grand Turismo was one of them early last year. Our captain wrote in a March 24, 2010 review—
“Someone must have told the Fairline design team and naval architect Bernard Olesinski to think 'outside the boat' and bring something new to the table. The plan seems to have worked, because this interior is unique on many levels. Let’s start with the floor plan…”
The lines of the Fairline Targa 58 Gran Turismo break with Euro-styling tradition here and there, which BoatTEST.com’s reviewing captain found to be a breath of fresh air.
Early this month -- concurrent with the London Boat Show -- the “Motor Boat of the Year” award was accepted by Adam Greenwood, Technical Director at Fairline Boats, at a dinner celebration in the newly renovated Savoy Hotel on the banks of the Thames River. Greenwood said, "We are absolutely delighted that the design of this model has been recognized. The Targa 58 Gran Turismo was the launch pad for new concepts such as the Tender Launch System, which we designed in-house to assist owners in launching and retrieving their tender.
“We also introduced an entirely new Fairline interior layout,” Greenwood said, “with the master cabin and en-suite forward to maximize space onboard whilst still creating a luxurious living space."
To read our review of the Fairline Targa 58 Gran Turismo...