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Fairline Targa 65 GT (2020-)

2 x 1,150-hp Cat C18 Shaft Drive

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 were handled by Dutch naval architecture firm Vripack. 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

Test Results

600 8.4 7.3 4.6 1.8 1.6 1795 1560.6 63
1000 12 10.4 14.3 0.8 0.7 825 717.2 63
1250 14.4 12.5 30 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 77
2200 32.7 28.4 107.9 0.3 0.3 298 259 74
2300 34.8 30.2 118.5 0.3 0.3 288 250.7 76


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
Bridge Clearance 17'
5.20 m
Person Capacity 16
Fuel Capacity 1,092 gal.
4,134 L
Water Capacity 237 gal.
897 L
Total Weight 82,125 lbs.
37,251 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 7.6 seconds
0 to 30 9.2 seconds
Props 38 x 49 x 5
Load 6 persons, 2/3 fuel, 3/4 water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 82 deg., 65 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: <1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 1150-hp Cat C18 shaft drive

By Capt. Greg Thornton


The Fairline Targa 65 GT has an LOA of 65’4” (19.91 m), a beam of 17’2” (5.23 m) and a draft 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).

running overhead

The Targa 65 GT offers a three or four-cabin layout and carries a CE Classification B rating, making her seaworthy.


The Fairline Targa 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.

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



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

Alberto Mancini was born and raised in Trieste, Italy where at a young age, he 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, where Mancini began his collaboration with some of the top naval architects and designers.

The Challenge and Solution. Clients often want to experience bigger spaces. Mancini found this to be a challenge on fiberglass production yachts. 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 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.


There are four interior fabric options when designing the Targa 65 GT.

Features Inspection

Swim Platform


The flip-down bench seating speaks of the platform area’s entertainment.

Beginning in the aft section, our test boat was outfitted with the optional hydraulic teak-laid swim platform. We find this 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 and the retractable swim ladder.


The platform has raised sides 2 ½” (6.35 cm) and a 13” (33.02 cm) cleat that is located on either side of the aft platform. 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.


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 that will accommodate a PWC or a ship’s tender.


When submerged, we have a reboarding step. Notice the bleacher seating that 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.


Off the portside of the swim platform, we find a reboarding ladder 24” (60.96 cm) below the waterline, which easily deploys to reveal grab handles that is certainly unique and also make it easy to board and stow.


Heading over to starboard is a flip-out panel that’s a hand-free freshwater shower with an adjustable head.


We found this to be an impressive feature – the head is not only adjustable but can be rotated to control water flow.

Crew Quarters


Crew space is accessed from under the starboard stairs to the aft deck. The optional crew bunk that is situated in front of the washer/dryer units may be substituted for additional lazarette space.


The crew bunk accommodates one.


Ahead is the washer and dryer, which can be swapped out for another berth. To the right of the washer unit is 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.

Aft Deck


The main deck layout shows the three social zones, two external and one internal that spans the galley and salon.


The aft deck and 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. Off to starboard, there’s an outdoor galley.


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 that's blended in the molded bulwarks.


The teak decking comes standard throughout the aft section as well as the table that is mounted on dual fixed pedestals.


There’s storage underneath the sofa that makes its way 5’5” (1.65 m) to the aft end of the sofa, which is great for storing items such as foldup chairs or a life raft. There’s additional access under the cushions as well.


Our test boat was outfitted with the optional 7’ (2.13 m) extendable, electrically actuated awning.


Support poles can be added to the trailing edge for stability when the awning is extended at speed.


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.


Below, we have an icemaker on our left and a cockpit refrigerator to the right. Both are options and we find them to be recommended ones.


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.


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.


An Avonite counter flips down to create a serving area.

Side Decks and Bow

Side Decks


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.


A convenient grab rail runs along the top of the cabin side.


At midship, there’s a hatch over the fuel fill and the rail height increases to 26” (66.04 cm) as we move forward.


A recess in the bulwarks accommodates the two 13” (33.02 cm) midship cleats.



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.


Each of the side seating areas have backs that lift to chaise lounge positions, but there’s only one setting.


We’d like to see support strips added to allow for multiple positions.


A set of Fusion speakers are concealed beneath the lip of the side seating areas.


Just behind is a wraparound sofa that will make this a popular space while onboard, especially when underway.


A solid wood table cleverly deploys from the center seat position and transforms this area into an additional dining and entertainment area.


It’s easy to imagine this area being one of the most scenic while onboard.


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.


To the sides, there’s plenty of covered storage for lines and fenders.


Fairline added additional storage beneath the loungers.

Ground Tackle


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.


We open them to reveal the working gear – the Lewmar windlass taking the stage. A 47” (12 mm) diameter, 262’ (80 m) calibrated galvanized anchor chain is fed atop a stainless-steel anchor roller through the stem and supports an 88-lb. (40 kg) self-stowing galvanized ULTRA anchor. Foot control switches are ahead and to the left. Cleats lead underneath the caprail to chocks on the other side.


Rode locker access is to both sides with room enough inside for fender storage.



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

With the galley aft, it remains central to the 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, optional microwave and dishwasher plus plenty of storage space beneath, it’s easy to imagine how this could function as a main bar and integral entertainment area.


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.


Avonite counters are in attractive contrast to the American black walnut cabinetry and American white oak decking. Note Mancini’s use of rounded countertop corners. This is a great touch, especially if there are young kids on board.


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.


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.



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

The salon is forward and combines dark wood, trim and white vinyl upholstered bulkheads. 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.


The table is constructed of a high-gloss finish and American black walnut, and it has a flip leaf in the center that creates a pass when opened.


Just ahead is a small storage compartment.


To the outside of the compartment is an outlet.


The sofa to starboard is a love seat that creates a comfortable conversational atmosphere.


All furniture is off the deck and courtesy lighting is fitted underneath the toe step.


All seating has under-cushion storage.


Behind the sofa, there is a 48” (121.92 cm) TV on an electric lift, complete with a soundbar that's mounted just above.


Above us is an electrically actuated sunroof that includes concealed shades. It remains flush to the overhead, creating a watertight seal.


This, along with the opening windows and aft drop-down window, really serves to integrate the outdoors.

The Helm


Fairline created an easily visible instrument panel on the Targa 65 GT with the captain seat being to center and the copilot to the outside. This 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. Immediately off to the right side of the helm, we have our port and starboard electronic single-lever throttle and gear controls.


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.


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.


To the left of the helm is the Raymarine Type 1 autopilot control, the wiper switches, the bow and stern thruster progressive joysticks plus switching for the sunroof, navigation lights and overhead helm light.


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.


It’s worth noting that the whole helm tilts up for easy maintenance and installations.


There are dual helm seats that are fully and electrically adjustable, including height and recline. Both are well padded, contoured and diamond-stitched. Flip-down footrests are below.


Visibility is excellent thanks to the single-piece windshield, fully equipped with windscreen washers and wipers. When running at night, there is a red nightlight illumination to the helm.

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



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

Lower Decks


We transition below via a center-mounted companionway, with diamond-patterned stitching, to an open plan atrium filled with natural light from the windshield above.


We’ll start here and move aft to find the master stateroom.

Master Stateroom


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

The focus of this stateroom is the 79” x 58” (200.66 cm x 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.


The headboard is indicative of Mancini’s flair for the elegant, with an attractive combination of upholstered and mirrored tiles.


Off the end of the master berth, we have a mounted 40” (101.6 cm) TV. To the right, there’s a pull-out stool with drawers underneath the vanity in front of the bulkhead mirror.


Beneath the starboard window is a 56” (142.24 cm) wide two-across couch offering a welcoming vantage point of the surroundings.


Courtesy lights are under the berth and add to Mancini’s open and illuminated ambiance.


Just aft is a large closet.


The closet houses a combination of shelves, drawers and a safe.


Notice the integrated lighting throughout.

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.

The Master Head


Just across and behind the stateroom is the master head.


It includes a vanity unit locker and basin with hot and cold pressurized water as well as an Avonite counter.


Just above are mirrored storage cabinets. To the right is the electric silent-flush freshwater toilet. Also included is an extractor fan.


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 an opening port and a pull-down shade.


It has a rainfall feature, an additional shower wand, hot and cold-water controls and solid surface decking that drains to all sides.


There’s open and compartmentalized storage for products behind the seat.


The door hardware has a large contoured handle and a recessed, magnetic latch. This is a nice feature to prevent your clothes from getting hooked.


Outside the door is a set of refrigerated drawers for that late-night snack. This can be swapped out for laundry or a wine cooler.

Forward VIP En Suite


All the way forward is the Targa 65 GT’s VIP stateroom. The setup is in the usual island fashion. It is accessed from both sides via two 10” (25.40 cm) steps, the first being lighted. The decking is carpet.


The berth measures 78” (198 cm) in length by 55” (139.7 cm) in width and the overhead height is at 6’7” (2.03 m), leaving 3’4” (1.01 m) over the berth.


To the foot of the berth is a mounted TV.


Hull side windows with opening ports are to both sides.


Directly above the master, we have an overhead hatch.


A long skylight is just abaft the overhead hatch.


And a blackout shade is integrated into the design.


Storage consists of hanging lockers with stitched leather doors. 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. Above both windows is cabinet storage.


Additional storage drawers are located on either side of the berth.


Aft and to port is the entrance to the en suite, which is outfitted with Avonite flooring.


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 that leads to the companionway, allowing this to serve as a day head.


The next guest stateroom is just across the way.

Guest Stateroom One


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.


A hull side window complete with hatch is located just above. Note the Italian diamond stitching of the headboard.


Mounted above the foot of the outer berth is a TV.


Just behind the high-gloss entry door is the door to the private en suite.


This is complete with a head and round bowl sink along with a hull side window. To the left of the head, we have a standup shower with a removable wash head.

Guest Stateroom Two


Backing up to our main passage and across the hall to our port side is another guest stateroom.


The fourth stateroom is just across to port, this time with over/under berths. The lower berth measures 77” x 33” (195.58 cm x 83.82 cm) and the upper measures 67” x 33” (170.18 cm x 83.82 cm).


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.

The Engine Room


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.


The engine room provides 5’8” (1.73 m) of standing headroom.

A ladder leads down below into the Targa 65 GT’s engine room. Just aft are the two main 1150-hp CAT C18s that 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.


Checkpoints are all towards the center and color-coded for each engine. Remote engine controls are located at the head of each engine.


Two battery banks are contained below: one with 2 x heavy-duty batteries exclusively for the starboard engine and the second with 4 x heavy-duty batteries wired in parallel, supplying domestic services and the port engine starting. To the right is the Seakeeper unit.


Center and aft is the Onan 22.5 kW generator that, 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 that 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.


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.


We can also use a remote control for the shore cable.



Our test boat was also outfitted with the optional passerelle.


The passerelle fully extends from the riser of the top step on the port side and allows for Mediterranean mooring.



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.


Wake crossing showed a clean and comfortable transition with no pounding or hull slapping.

In acceleration tests, we reached planing speed in an average of 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.



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.


And again, those thrusters showed good authority while slipping between two boats for a gentle approach and tie-up.

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 (1,150-hp each) or twin MAN v8 1200 shaft drive, diesel (1,200-hp each)



The price is in the ballpark of $3.6 million.




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

The 65 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.