Fairline Targa 40: More details of new British sportscruiser confirmed

Fairline has released more details and renderings of its eagerly awaited Targa 40, which will now debut at the Düsseldorf boat show in January 2024.

The new images and final dimensions show just how much bigger the new Fairline Targa 40 is than the previous Targa 38. Measuring 39ft 4in end to end it is 3ft 6in longer than the old 38 but also a whopping 20% bigger in terms of volume thanks to topsides that are 20cm taller and a wider beam that extends further forward towards its upright bow.

This extra space has been put to good use with a versatile new cockpit layout and more luxurious lower deck accommodation boasting 6ft 6in (1.98m) headroom.

Fairline’s in-house designer, Christian Gott, has done a fine job of creating that extra space while maintaining and updating the sporty looks that were such an integral part of the T38’s appeal.

This sleek hard top sportscruiser shares a number of design features with both the smaller F//Line 33 and the all-new Fairline Phantom 65 as well as a few tricks of its own, including a drop-down terrace that extends the deck space and improves the views out.

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Meanwhile the clever aft seats that form part of the sociable dining area also convert to sunbeds with the aid of hinged backrests.

The cockpit is flatter than the old 38’s, too, with no steps to interrupt the flow from the aft sunbeds all the way to the companionway. Up front a raised L-shaped chaise longue to port provides a place to sit or lounge opposite the two starboard helm seats, with a wet bar just behind them.

More sunpads on the foredeck and a low-level sofa with recessed footwell right at the bow add yet more lounging options. The lower deck features an amidships saloon with galley to port and booth-sofa to starboard, plus two-cabins.

The forward owner’s cabin enjoys long hull windows and ensuite access to the shared bathroom, while the amidships twin converts to a double when required.

While the new Fairline Targa 40 will initially only be available with a hard top, it features a huge canvas sunroof that retracts most of the way back to the radar arch to give the feeling of an open boat.

A large single-pane windshield and extended side glazing further enhances the sensation of being connected to the water. That becomes even more pronounced at the stern where the fold-down quarter deck on the starboard side helps create a mini beach club.

The T40’s asymmetric cockpit is another shared trait with the Phantom 65 and features aft seat backrests set at a slight angle that create a marginally longer sunbed to port than to starboard. These backrests also slide forward to extend both sunbeds at the expense of the aft seats.

Propelled by twin sterndrives, the Cat B Targa 40 is available with either Volvo Penta D6-340s or D6-380s, which should deliver top end speeds of 32 knots and 36 knots respectively, depending on load.

Fairline hopes this all-new model will do as well as commercially the old Targa 38, over 300 of which delivered between 2006-2016, one of the brand’s biggest-ever production runs.

There’s a generous three-sided dinette to port, which flares out on both sides in line with a fold-away table. A modular seat to starboard can be pulled up to join the table or repositioned to face out over the terrace. The wet bar is tucked behind the two helm seats.

An L-shaped chaise longue to port allows one other person to sit up front facing forward or stretch out facing aft under the open sunroof. Another big sunpad on the foredeck provides more space to soak up rays but there’s also a bench and sunken footwell for a couple to enjoy a sundowner.


The two aft seats have movable backrests that extend the length of the sunbeds. The starboard seat also has a movable section that provides extra seating round the table or a view out over the terrace

The interior has some clever touches, too, that enhance perceived space. For instance, the bulkhead between the surprisingly large amidships lower saloon and the owner’s cabin in the bow is set at an angle of 9°, which makes for more space in the shared shower room to port and in the forward cabin’s hanging locker.

The galley work surface also extends behind the shower stall, making a nook for things like kettles and coffee makers.

The second cabin runs athwartships under the cockpit so is likely to have limited headroom over the beds but appears to have standing headroom and plenty of floor space along the port side. Both beds slide together to create a double when needed.