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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Features
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