Why bother with a 40-footer when you could get a used Fairline Targa 52 for the same price?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Overall score:70%


  • Sleek design and high-quality finish


  • Can feel cramped downstairs


Fairline Targa 52


Price as reviewed:


There comes a time in many a growing family’s boating life when a two-cabin sportscruiser just won’t cut it anymore. If you’re prepared to breach the 50ft mark it can be possible to keep the sportscruiser style while still accessing that extra cabin – enter the tri-cab sportscruiser.

On the water, the Fairline shows fast reactions from the helm and pushes effortlessly to 37 knots. A high top speed means the Targa has a better cruising range and efficiency. At 25 knots it is hardly breaking a sweat at 1800rpm, delivering close to 1mpg.


The Fairline is a fast, sharp performer and, as it has been round for nearly a decade, a second-hand model has a lower price tag than some of its rivals.


Displacement:16.4 tonnes
Top Speed:36 knots
Cabins:Six berths
Fuel Capacity:400gal (1820lt)
Beam:14ft 0in (4.26m)
Cruising Speed:20 - 30 knots
Length Overall:52ft 5in (15.98m)
Engines:Twin Volvo Penta D12-800 EVC turbo diesel 775hp