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Brief Summary

The Fairline Targa 65 GT is the newest addition to the Targa family. Along with her striking Italian design by Alberto Mancini, the Targa 65 GT’s hull and engineering was handled by Dutch naval architecture firm Vripack. And with its extended salon, 17’2” (5.23 m) beam, and visibly spacious interior, this beauty is not only easy on the eyes, but also powerful with her twin Caterpillar C18 Direct Diesel Inboards.

Key Features

  • Large sun pad on bow
  • Large wrap-around aft seating
  • Onan 22.5 kW generator
  • 120,000 BTU high-capacity chilled water system
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 65' 4''
    19.91 m
    Beam 17’ 2''
    5.23 m
    Dry Weight 74,957 lbs.
    34,000 kg
    Tested Weight 82,125 lbs.
    37,251 kg
    Draft 4' 8''
    1.42 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 17'
    5.20 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 16
    Fuel Capacity 1,092 gal.
    4,134 L
    Water Capacity 237 gal.
    897 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 1150-hp CAT C18 Direct Diesel Inboards
    Tested Power 2 x 1150-hp Cat C18 shaft drive
    Opt. Power 2 x 1,200-hp CAT C18 Direct Diesel Inboards

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 8.4 7.3 4.6 1.8 1.6 1795 1560.6 63
    1000 12.0 10.4 14.3 0.8 0.7 825 717.2 63
    1250 14.4 12.5 30.0 0.5 0.4 472 410.2 65
    1500 18.5 16.1 46.2 0.4 0.3 394 342.2 71
    1750 23.4 20.3 64.6 0.4 0.3 356 309.1 71
    2000 29.1 25.3 89.2 0.3 0.3 321 279.0 77
    2200 32.7 28.4 107.9 0.3 0.3 298 259.0 74
    2300 34.8 30.2 118.5 0.3 0.3 288 250.7 76
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 1560.6 2889 13.50 17.41 0.77 63
    1000 717.2 1328 19.30 54.13 0.34 63
    1250 410.2 760 23.20 113.56 0.21 65
    1500 342.2 634 29.80 174.89 0.17 71
    1750 309.1 573 37.70 244.54 0.17 71
    2000 279.0 517 46.80 337.66 0.13 77
    2200 259.0 480 52.60 408.44 0.13 74
    2300 250.7 463 56.00 448.57 0.13 76

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.8 sec.
    0 to 30 9.2 sec. (0to20)
    Ratio N/A
    Props 38x49x5
    Load 6 persons, 2/3 fuel, 3/4 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 82 deg., 65 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: <1
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Fairline Targa 65 GT running
    The Fairline Targa 65 GT has a LOA of 65’4” (19.91 m), a beam of 17’2” (5.23 m), and a draught of 4’8” (1.42 m). The height above the waterline is 17’ (5.20 m) and she has a dry weight of 74,957 lbs. (34,000 kg). Fuel capacity is 1,092 gallons (4,134 L).
    Fairline Targa 65 GT running overhead
    The Targa 65 GT offers a three or four cabin layout and carries a CE Classification B rating, making her seaworthy.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Mission

    The Fairline 65 GT was designed with both young and old at heart. Whether embarking upon a couples retreat for a night with your best friends, or entertaining the kids and the in-laws, she’ll accommodate. Thanks to her 1,092 gallon (4,134 L) fuel capacity, she’s a serious cruiser.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Major Features

      • Power glazed run roof

      • F-drive (Fairline multi-function glass bridge)

      • Four cabin layout plus crew

      • Full beam

      • Galley up and aft arrangements

      • Seakeeper gyro stabilizer

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Design

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    From floor to ceiling, Italian superyacht designer Alberto Mancini had made his mark on the Targa GT 65.

    Alberto Mancini was born and raised in Trieste, Italy where at a young age, was exposed to the diverse Latin and Germanic culture that defines the city. Being called the “Vienna by the sea”, his nautical passion began here. He studied at the European Design Institute of Torino, Italy, and it was then when Mancini began his collaboration with some of the top naval architects and designers.

    The Challenge and Solution. Clients often want to experience bigger spaces, and on fiberglass production yachts he found that was often a challenge. So, through maximizing glass usage and increasing the wood gloss to a higher than normal finish, he blends it all with strategically placed lighting to create an open transparency throughout the boat. Mancini also found that more loose furniture adds to this experience and thus creates a flexible atmosphere. We also see the beautiful use of dark and light to create that warm and cozy, yet open and airy feel to his design.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT fabrics
    In addition, there are four interior fabric options when designing the Targa 65 GT.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Features Inspection

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Swim Platform

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The flip-down bench seating speaks of the platform areas’ entertainment.

    Beginning in the aft section, our test boat was outfitted with the optional hydraulic teak-laid swim platform which we find excellent for extending the entertainment space of the aft deck, along with the addition of a flip-down bench seat. As the platform is fully submersible, it provides an easy way to access the water in addition to the retractable swim ladder.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The platform has raised sides 2 ½” (6.35 cm), and a 13” (33.02 cm) cleat which is located on either side of the aft platform. In addition, there are 3” (10.16 cm) pull-up cleats to secure a dinghy or floats. Be mindful of the uneven lip and cleats could be a trip hazard.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT swim
    With an overall weight capacity of 880 lbs. (399 kg), thus easily making it an additional entertainment space, the entire platform comes out 5’9” (1.76 m) from the transom, of which 4’1” (1.24 m) is hydraulic. There are sockets for a cradle and tie downs which will accommodate a PWC or a ship’s tender.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT steps
    When submerged, we have a reboarding step. And notice the bleacher seating which appears to extend the fun zone. Off the transom is a flip-out rumble seat that is 49” (124.46 cm) wide, outfitted with drink holders to each side.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT swim platform
    Off the portside of the swim platform, we find a reboarding ladder, 24” (60.96 cm) below water line which easily deploys to reveal grab handles which is certainly unique and also makes it easy to board and stow.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT shower
    Heading over to starboard is a flip out panel that’s a hand-free freshwater shower with an adjustable head.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We found this to be an impressive feature in that the head is not only adjustable but can be rotated to control water flow.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Crew Quarters

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Crew space is accessed from under the starboard stairs to the aft deck. The optional crew bunk which is situated in front of the washer/dryer units, may be substituted for additional lazarette space.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT crew bunk
    The crew bunk accommodates one.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT washer dryer
    Ahead is the washer and dryer which can be swapped out for another berth. To the right of the washer unit we have a wet head. And of course, all this can be left out for lazarrette storage. It’s worth noting that in the GTO version, all this space is a tender garage.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Aft Deck

    Fairline Targa 65 GT deck layout
    The main deck layout shows the three social zones, two external, and one internal that spans the galley and salon.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT aft
    The aft deck as well as the table are all teak laid.

    Moving forward, the aft deck is accessible to port and starboard via a staircase. The main attraction is the C-shaped sofa complete with a table. Two stools to port provide an additional seating area. And off to starboard there’s an outdoor galley.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT gate
    An aluminum, tempered glass gate is at the top of both staircases and illuminates at night. To the outside, there’s a cleat and chock which is blended in the molded bulwarks.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The teak decking comes standard throughout the aft section as well as the table which is mounted on dual fixed pedestals.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    This area is great for storing items such as foldup chairs or a life raft as there’s storage underneath the sofa that makes its way 5’5” (1.65 m) to the aft end of the sofa. There’s additional access under the cushions as well.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Our test boat was outfitted with the optional 7’ (2.13 m) extendable awning which is eclectically actuated.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It’s worth noting that support poles can be added to the trailing edge for stability when the awning is extended at speed.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the starboard side, there’s an outdoor galley with an electric grill and sink. On/off switches for the grill are in a storage space to the right side. There’s also a kill switch off to the left and a stainless-steel protector above.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Below, we have an icemaker on our left and a cockpit refrigerator to the right. Both of which are options and we find to be recommended ones.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the port side of the aft deck we gain access to the emergency manual bilge pump, the emergency shut off for the (optional) passerelle, and the activator for the engine room fire suppression system. The fuel shut off for the main engines and generator are to the right.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just ahead are two bar stools in fixed positions that swivel and include footrests. Stepping into the galley, we find a switch in the lower cabinet, which brings the upper glass panel down to blend the galley with the aft deck.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT counter
    An Avonite counter flips down to create a serving area.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Side Decks and Bow

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Side Decks

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The Targa 65 GT has a symmetrical layout so the teak covered side decks, up two 8” (20.32 cm) steps, have the same 13” (33.02 cm) width to both sides. The bulwarks come up 11” (27.94 cm) and support the rails that top out at 25” (63.50 cm) at the aft end.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT grab rail
    A convenient grab rail runs along the top of the cabin side.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    At midship, there’s a hatch over the fuel fill, and the rail height increases to 26” (66.04 cm) as we move forward.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    A recess in the bulwarks accommodates the two 13” (33.02 cm) midship cleats.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Bow

    Fairline Targa 65 GT bow
    At the bow, there’s an impressive gathering area, accessed from a centerline walkthrough over the master stateroom sunroof. Be careful walking in bare feet, the glass gets hot. The walkthrough is flanked by a pair of sun lounges with beverage holders to the outboard sides.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT chaise
    Each of the side seating areas have backs that lift to chaise lounge positions, but there’s only one setting.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT strips
    We’d like to see support strips added to allow for multiple positions.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT speaker
    A set of Fusion speaker concealed beneath the lip of the side seating areas.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just behind is a wraparound sofa that will make this a popular space while onboard, especially when underway.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    A solid wood table cleverly deploys from the center seat position and transforms this area into an additional dining and entertainment area.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It’s easy to imagine this area being one of the most scenic while onboard.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    All of this can be covered over with a removable sky canopy. There’s also a cover to protect this whole area, so no need to remove cushions when anticipating foul weather.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the sides, there’s plenty of covered storage for lines and fenders.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Fairline also added additional storage beneath the loungers.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Ground Tackle

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    As we make our way to the ground tackle, the deck remains at a single level with no trip hazards. That single level remains as we get fully forward where we find two, rear hinged hatches, with intricate woodwork.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We open them to reveal the working gear; the Lewmar windlass taking the stage. A 0.47” (12 mm) diameter, 262’ (80m) calibrated galvanized anchor chain (12 mm, 80 m), is fed atop a stainless-steel anchor roller through the stem, and supports an 88 lb. (40 kg) self-stowing, galvanized Delta anchor. Foot control switches are ahead and to the left. Cleats lead underneath the caprail to chocks on the other side.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT rode locker
    Rode locker access is to both sides with room enough inside for fender storage.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Galley

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The Fairline 65 GT’s open galley design nicely blends the aft and salon entertainment spaces.

    With the galley aft, it remains central to the main gathering areas of the main deck. Here was can see how Mancini uses a C-shaped design to open and maximize this space. With a standup refrigerator, four-burner Bosch induction cooktop, an optional microwave and dishwasher, and plenty of storage space beneath, it’s easy to imagine how this could function as a main bar and integral entertainment area.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just below the sink basin is a trash drawer and just to the right of it, our test boat had the dishwasher and microwave options.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Avonite counters are in an attractive contrast to the American black walnut cabinetry and American white oak decking. One point in particular worth pointing out is Mancini’s use of rounded countertop corners. A great touch especially if there are young kids on board.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Across to the starboard side is a buffet space over storage that includes glass doors. Inside is a rack for up to eight whiskey tumblers as standard. If stemware is desired, Fairline will provide an extra set of six champagne flutes, wine glasses and highball glasses, all etched with the Fairline logo.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT diagnostic
    The doors to the right conceal a diagnostic screen for the air handlers controlling the interior temperature. We can even use this screen to reduce the current to the system in the event we’re working on only one shore power line.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Salon

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Another one of Mancini’s touches is how he lowered the windowsills to really open the salon.

    The salon is forward and the combination of dark wood and white vinyl upholstered bulkheads and dark trim. American white oak decking continues, while the trim is a combination of American black walnut and stylized high gloss ebony Maccasa panels between the windows. Again, Mancini makes use of a floating sofa to starboard, and opposing seating which consists of a sofa to starboard and a U-shaped settee to port.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT table
    The table is constructed of high-gloss finish and American black walnut and has a flip leaf in the center that creates a pass when opened.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just ahead is a small storage compartment.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the outside of the compartment is an outlet.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The sofa to starboard is a love seat, that creates a comfortable conversational atmosphere which is immediately warm and homey.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    All furniture is off the deck and courtesy lighting is fitted underneath the toe step.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    All seating has under-cushion storage.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Behind the sofa, there is a 48” (121.92 cm) TV on an electric lift, complete with sound bar which is mounted just above.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Above us is an electrically actuated sunroof that includes concealed shades. It remains flush to the overhead, creating a watertight seal.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    This, along with the opening windows and aft drop-down window, really serves to integrate the outdoors.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: The Helm

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Fairline created an easily visible instrument panel on the Targa 65 GT with the captain seat being to center, and copilot to the outside. This really opens the field of vision with little to no obstruction off to the port and starboard peripheral.

    The helm is starboard mounted and includes a soft touch dash with no glare effect. The main attraction is the f-Drive, Fairline’s multi-function glass bridge comprised of triple 15” (38.10 cm) displays flanked by welcomed climate control vents. These units are tied into the boat’s full engine instrumentation; tachometers, fuel gauges, temperature gauges, audible alarms, and rudder position indicator.

    A lower panel houses two stainless beverage holders just below each of the vents. And immediately off to the right side of the helm, we have our port and starboard electronic single-lever throttle and gear controls.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The high-speed magnetic compass is mounted just ahead of the wheel, which is mounted to a tilt base. Here we have access to our alarm, lights, and horn push-button switches. The remote control for the screens is just below the switches and off to the right we have the Lenco trim tab controls with LED indicators. Moving right is a Raymarine GS165 multi-function display for monitoring all of the vessel systems.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Further to the right is an enclosed compartment with lesser used items, such as the remote spotlight control, the windlass control, the control screen for the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, the ignitions, and engine start stops.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the left of the helm is the Raymarine Type 1 autopilot control, the wiper switches, the bow and stern thruster progressive joysticks, and switching for the sunroof, navigation lights, and overhead helm light.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT panel
    Below the main console are two more panels of switches, which include our master, air conditioning, and battery switches, generator controls, and tank gauges. We find these items deserving of a more remote location.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It’s worth noting that the whole helm tilts up for easy maintenance and installations.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    There are dual helm seats which are fully and electrically adjustable, including height and recline. Both are well padded, contoured, and diamond-stitched. Flip down footrests are below.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Visibility is excellent thanks to the single-piece windshield, fully equipped with windscreen washers and wipers. And when running at night, there is a red night-light illumination to the helm.

    It’s also worth noting that the decking is laid on cork, so it’s not only easy on the feet, it’s quiet. We measured just over 76 decibels at the helm going full throttle.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Accommodations

    Fairline Targa 65 GT cabin layout
    Choose from the standard three-cabin layout or the four-cabin layout that sacrifices the lower deck day head.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Lower Decks

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We transition below via a center mounted companionway, again we are met with diamond patterned stitching, to an open plan atrium filled with natural light from the windshield above.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT master
    We’ll start here and move aft to find the master stateroom.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Master Stateroom

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The overhead 6’9” (2.06 m) ceiling height is a combination of upholstery and more of the American black walnut from the salon and recessed lighting adds a subdued effect.

    The focus of this stateroom is the 79” (200.66 cm) x 58” (147.32 cm) berth mounted on the centerline, thus minimizing motion. It has a sprung mattress. There are climate and lighting controls off to the side of the berth, along with soft-close pullout drawers. To port there’s counter space with storage drawers below, and two lamps atop. Hull side windows are to port and starboard. Right below is a soundbar.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT headboard
    The headboard is very much indicative of Mancini’s flair for the elegant, with an attractive combination of upholstered and mirrored tiles.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Off the end of the master berth we have a mounted 40” (101.6 cm) TV. Off to the right, there’s a pull-out stool with drawers underneath the vanity in front of the bulkhead mirror.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Beneath the starboard window is a 56” (142.24 cm) wide two-across couch, offering a welcoming vantage point of the surroundings.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Courtesy lights are under the berth and add to Mancini’s open and illuminated ambience.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just aft is a large closet.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT closet
    The closet houses a combination of shelves, drawers, and a safe.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Notice the integrated lighting throughout.

    It’s worth noting that Fairline put a lot of thought into sound reduction here. The bulkhead between the engine room and the master head has been infused with a sandwich of several sound deadening materials, which is 5.4” (128 mm) in total thickness.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: The Master Head

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just across and behind the stateroom is the master head.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It includes a vanity unit locker and basin with hot and cold pressurized water as well as an Avonite counter.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just above are mirrored storage cabinets. To the right is the electric silent-flush freshwater toilet. Also included is an extractor fan.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The full-sized shower is outfitted with bench seating and a standup shower. A seat is to the outboard side. Note the recessed lighting behind the seatback. This shower is also equipped with an automatic pump-out system. Above is our hull-side window with opening port and a pull-down shade.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It has a rainfall feature and additional shower wand as well as hot and cold- water controls, and solid surface decking which drains to all sides.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    There’s also open and compartmentalized storage for products behind the seat.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    It’s worth noting that the door hardware has a large, contoured handle and also a recessed, magnetic latch. This is always a nice feature so that your clothes won’t get hooked.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Outside the door is a set of refrigerated drawers for that late-night snack. This can be swapped out for a laundry or a wine cooler.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Forward VIP En Suite

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    All the way forward is the Targa 65 GT’s VIP stateroom. The setup is in the usual island fashion. And it is accessed from both sides, via two 10” (25.40 cm) steps, the first being lighted. The decking is carpet.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The berth measures 78” (198 cm) in length by 55” (139.7 cm) in width and the overhead height is at 6’7” (2.03m) leaving 3’4” (1.01 m) over the berth.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    To the foot of the berth is a mounted TV.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Hull side windows with opening ports are to both sides.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Directly above the master we have an overhead hatch.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    A long skylight is just abaft the overhead hatch.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    And a blackout shade is integrated into the design.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Storage consists of hanging lockers with stitched leather doors, and like the master stateroom, the hanging bars are lighted. These are located on either side of the VIP quarters. The port closet contains a fire extinguisher. And above both windows, there’s cabinet storage.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Additional storage drawers are located on either side of the berth.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Aft and to port is the entrance to the en suite which is outfitted with Avonite flooring.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We have great natural lighting in the VIP head, along with a sizable bowl-shaped sink, standup shower with removable shower head, and illuminated bench seating with storage on top. Just to the left we have another door which leads to the companionway, allowing this to serve as a day head.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The next guest stateroom is just across the way.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Guest Stateroom One

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Here we have side-by-side berths with a height of 6’7” (2.01 m) from deck to overhead. The inside berth measures 78” (198.1 cm) in length and has a berth width of 26” (66 cm). The hull side berth has an overall length of 78” (198.1 cm). It’s a bit narrower and is also irregular with a width of 24” (60.9cm) towards the head and tapering to 19” (48.2cm) towards the foot. Between berths are a Dometic temperature control panel and lighting control switches.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    A hull side window complete with hatch is located just above. Note the Italian diamond stitching of the headboard.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Mounted above the foot of the outer berth is a TV.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Just behind the high-gloss entry door is the door to the private en suite.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    This is complete with head and round bowl sink along with a hull side window. To the left of the head we have a standup shower with removable wash head.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Guest Stateroom Two

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Backing up to our main passage and across the hall to our port side is another guest stateroom.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT stateroom
    The fourth stateroom is just across to port. This time with over/under berths, the lower measuring 77” (195.58 cm) x 33” (83.82 cm), and the upper at 67” (170.18 cm) x 33” (83.82 cm).
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    There is a storage locker to the inside of the lower bunk. A Dometic temperature control panel and light switches are located towards the foot end, between both berths.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: The Engine Room

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    As we make our way aft through the salon, out onto the aft deck, we access the engine room through a hatch in the deck. Note that all of the deck latches are identical, and operate with a simple quarter turn.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The engine room provides 5’8” (1.73 m) of standing headroom.

    A ladder leads down below, providing means into the Targa 65 GT’s engine room. Just aft are the two main 1150-hp CAT C18s which are housed atop vibration absorbing engine mounts. The engines use straight shafts and dripless shaft seals. Engine sea strainers are located to either side and are very accessible. To the outside of each engine are two 618-gallon (1,236 gallons/4,679 L combined) fuel tanks, thus restricting access.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Checkpoints are all towards the center, and color coded for each engine. Remote engine controls are located at the head of each engine.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Also contained below are two battery banks: one with 2x heavy-duty batteries, exclusively for the starboard engine, and the second with 4x heavy-duty batteries wired in parallel and supplying domestic services and the port engine starting. To the right is the Seakeeper unit.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Center and aft is the Onan 22.5 kW generator which, along with a Victron inverter, powers the refrigeration and entertainment systems. Above that is the AC distribution panel. Next we have our 12-volt distribution panel, which is also mounted against the bulkhead along with the 75 amp, domestic battery charging unit.

    The engine room has a fixed firefighting system, which automatically, in case of fire, shuts down the engines and closes. Between the blowers are the combination fuel filters and water separators - two for each engine. The water heater with coolant bottles are to the sides - The port fuel tank feeds the port engine, starboard feeds the starboard main, and the generator.

    Aft and to port are the dual 48,000 BTU air conditioner chillers.

    Note that on the other side of this bulkhead is the master bathroom. Fairline has put in a sandwich of several sound deadening and absorption materials that are over 5.4” (13.72 cm). At full throttle, we recorded only 78.3 decibels in the stateroom, which is a remarkable reduction in noise.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Dual 110V (220V) 60Hz shore power cords extend from the risers in the stairs. The cord reel controls are in a panel off the port side transom. There are In and Out and Up and Down rocker switches.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We can also use a remote control for the shore cable.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Passerelle

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Our test boat was also outfitted with the optional passerelle.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The passerelle fully extends from the riser of the top step on the port side and allows for Mediterranean mooring.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Performance

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    On our relatively calm test day we could see how the bow slices sharply through the water, keeping spray well away from the deck and windshield.

    With an empty weight of 74,957 lbs. (34,000 kg), 70-percent fuel and six people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 82,125 lbs. (37,251 kg). With a pair of twin CAT C18s (1150-hp each) turning twin (38x49 each) 5-bladed props on straight shafts, we reached a top speed of 30.2 knots at 2300 rpm and a best cruising speed of 16.1 knots at 1500 rpm.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    Wake crossing showed a clean and comfortable transition with no pounding or hull slapping.

    In acceleration tests, we reached planing speed in an average 7.8 seconds and hit 20 mph in 9.2 seconds. We found the Targa 65 GT to be quite responsive, heeling roughly 15-degrees into turns.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Docking

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    We backed down our marina fairway because it was too narrow for us to turn around. She’s exceedingly controllable with the rudder still showing effectiveness, even in reverse.
    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    And again, those thrusters showed good authority while slipping between two boats for a gentle approach and tie-up.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Options to Consider

      • 3 or 4-cabin layout

      • Large hydraulic, remote control swim platform

      • Passerelle

      • Galley refrigeration units

      • Aft hydraulic canopy

      • Twin caterpillar C18 shaft drive, diesel (1150-hp each) or twin MAN v8 1200 shaft drive, diesel (1200-hp each)

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Price

    The price is in the ballpark of $3.6 million.

    Fairline Targa 65 GT: Observations

    Fairline Targa 65 GT
    The Fairline Targa 65 GT is an impressive expression of a design legacy with vision.

    The Targa 65 GT is a very important boat for Fairline. With it they are putting both consumers, and their competitors on notice that there is a potent new player in the rarified atmosphere of 60-something plus motoryachts. More models are on the way.

    The Targa 65 GT is an impressive result of blending together the triumvirate of Vripack for the naval architecture and engineering, Alberto Mancini for the Italian styling and panache both inside and out, and the in-house design team at Fairline. Unsung, but equally important are the shop personnel who have crafted a vessel with a fine fit-and-finish from bow to stern. We suspect that there is new esprit de corps among the small army of people that build this boat.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Fairline Targa 65 GT (2020-) is 34.8 mph (56 kph), burning 118.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 448.52 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Fairline Targa 65 GT (2020-) is 18.5 mph (29.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 394 miles (634.08 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 1150-hp Cat C18 shaft drive.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard

    Galley

    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Cockpit Cover Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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