Photography by Fairline
13 September 2017
British yacht builder Fairline announced plans to expand its manufacturing activity in new waterside facilities in the UK during the launch of its new Targa 63 GTO model on the first day of the Cannes Yachting Festival.
Although Fairline’s Marketing Manager Miles Moorhouse would not be drawn on the exact location of the new facilities, he commented that more details will be revealed in November. Fairline’s commissioning currently takes place in Norfolk, the closest coast to its historical construction facilities in Oundle, Northamptonshire, so whether the new facilities will be placed near this location or will be on the south coast closer to the luxury yachting hubs remains to be seen.
Russell Currie, Fairline’s Managing Director, announced the news from the stern of the brand-new Targa 63 GTO, adding that the facilities in Oundle would remain operational and that the expansion will futureproof the business as well as provide greater career opportunities for the existing workforce.
“This is the best news that I’ve experienced in my 20 years at Fairline,” Currie said, adding it was a great way to mark the brand’s golden anniversary in 2017.
Fairline has called the launch of the Targa 63 GTO the “dawn of a new age” for the company, which struggled in the wake of the global financial crisis. A reboot at the start of 2016 after fresh investment brought a focus on introducing new models, which has turned business around to positive effect. The Targa 63 GTO is the first of the “new generation” of models for the company.
Our aim since Fairline was relaunched at the start of last year has been to create boats that customers want to own and dealers want to sell, and we are proud to have done just that with the Targa 63 GTO,” said Currie, adding that the yacht epitomises Fairline as a brand.
The 19.9-metre Targa 63 GTO is the first Fairline yacht to be designed by Alberto Mancini from Italy, with naval architecture from Dutch firm Vripack. After being announced in summer 2016, the model was transformed from a drawing to a completed yacht within a year.
The yacht has a raft of premium features, including walnut panelling, leather details, stainless steel touch-points. The cockpit has a large space for relaxation and dining as well as a wide sun pad and, down the aft staircase, a fold-down bench on the swimming platform creates a practical and social space at the waterline. The yacht’s main interior space has a roomy feel thanks to high head room and large windows, while the foredeck has been fully used with a U-shaped lounge and table and sun pads.
A glass roof augments the sense of proportion in the main deck interior which, combined with opening of the large sliding doors to the cockpit, gives the feeling of a large, single space from the aft of the yacht through to the helm. Alberto Mancini and the Fairline interior design team developed a range of four interior finishes from which a buyer can choose, named Amalfi, Capri, Hamptons and St Tropez.
The lower deck can be arranged either as a four-cabin option or with three cabins and a galley or day head below. The full-beam master cabin amidships is remarkably roomy for a yacht of this size, helped by large windows, while there is a double cabin in the bow, a further twin cabin to starboard and either a two-bunk cabin, day head or galley in the port side just forward of the master cabin.
Crew accommodation is located to the stern of the lower deck behind the engine room, as a single cabin on the extended cockpit model and a double cabin on the extended saloon model.
With twin Caterpillar C18 diesel engines the Targa 63 GTO has a top speed of 31 knots, while twin MAN V8 1200 diesel engines deliver a top speed of 32 knots.
“Fairline builds boat for boaters which are safe and comfortable,” commented Marnix Hoekstra from Vripack. “Our task for the Targa 63 GTO was to improve on the already strong pedigree which the company has built.”
Vripack has achieved a reduction in slamming of approximately 25 percent and an improvement in fuel efficiency by 25 percent, added Hoekstra.
Aside from the Targa 63 GTO, Fairline has a wide range of yachts on display in Cannes, including the Targa 48 Open, the Targa 53 Open, the Squadron 53 and the newly launched Squadron 64, also making its debut at the show.