BoatTEST Newsletter October 6, 2019
Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
Fairline Targa 65 GT:
Italian Design w/Solid Dutch Engineering
The Fairline Targa 65 GT, designed by the Italian firm of Alberto Mancini, has the lines of a high-end European sports car plus a solid build engineered by the Dutch naval architecture firm Vripack. The combination delivers a package where both form and function are pleasing to experienced yachtsmen. Inventive features are abundant, including a “rumble seat” that flips out of the transom and a flip-up freshwater shower that is also in the transom. The bow also gets special attention with a large wrap-around settee and two sun pads that are convertible to chaise seating. Note the large hullside windows which give occupants below an exciting waterside experience.
Creative Options Including a Hideaway Cabana Bar
A creative option in the Maritimo X50 is the cabana bar facing the swim platform, providing a shaded, open-air hideaway for enjoying an intimate drink as the sun sinks into the sea. The bar converts into a cozy bed for two, and there’s a head just a step away, useful as a day head for swimmers. The area can be optioned as an en suite cabin with two bunks, or as a tender garage large enough to hold a 10’6” (3.20 m) RIB. The swim platform is hydraulic, allowing easy launch of the dink or a PWC. Note the lights in the stairs and in the overhead for the cabana. An outdoor sink, grill, and refrigerator are just up the stairs on the starboard side of the aft deck.
Palm Beach 55:
Grand Style in a Bespoke Build
The bespoke hardware found throughout the Palm Beach 55, blending seamlessly into her solid Burmese teak toe rail, is a mark of the care and craftsmanship found throughout this beautifully-engineered express. Her running surface is equally well thought out. Deadrise at the transom is only 8-degrees, as opposed to 16 to 19-degrees for most boats in class. This not only makes her fast and fuel efficient, but it also adds beam stability at rest and displacement speeds. Her hull is designed to stay in the water at full speed. Combined with a sharp forefoot, this keeps the ride smooth.
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Sirena Yachts 58:
Smooth Ride, Distinctive Styling
The Sirena Yachts 58 has an almost post-modern exterior style by Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering that is highly distinctive but also practical. The sharp plumb bow is designed to slice the waves cleanly at the semi-displacement speeds for which she's designed, while the standard Seakeeper 9 gyroscopic stabilizer steadies the ride in beam seas. High bulwarks run almost the length of the yacht, adding security while underway. With twin 650-hp CAT 8.7 diesels, her reach is long -- over 960 NM at 1000 rpm and 9 knots. If the need for speed ever arises, she tops out at 24.4 knots.
A Family-Friendly Fishboat
It’s fairly common these days among center console fishboat builders to throw a few extra cushions aboard bow and stern and designate some of their models as “family” boats. But the Robalo R242EX is a center console that offers amenities that will actually make the family want to spend a day on the water. Check out the wrap-around transom couch in three-tone, multi-density foam upholstery. She also offers removable backrests for the bow cushion area, creating chaise-type seating. The full-width swim platform with a four-step folding stainless ladder welcomes watersports.
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