British boatbuilder Fairline Yachts has announced that the first series production boats have already been sold to customers prior to the first model being produced

Fairline Yachts has presented the first images of its new Targa 63 GTO at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016. This Mancini-designed boat is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2017.

The British boatbuilder has also announced that the first series production boats have already been sold to customers prior to the first model being produced.

The new Targa 63 GTO results from the collaboration between the Italian yacht designer, naval architecture from Dutch firm Vripack, and Fairline’s ‘Made in Great Britain’ hand-crafted quality.

New design, same DNA

Commenting on the influence of Mancini’s flair on the new model, Andrew Pope, head of design at Fairline Yachts, says: “Alberto has brought a fresh approach in his interpretation of Fairline’s design language. With the Targa 63 GTO, Fairline has an exciting new shape, which clearly retains its design DNA. It is a progression – an evolution not a revolution – and an exciting first step in Fairline’s future design journey.”

Pope also notes that naval architects at Vripack have designed a hull shape that allows for maximum volume, which significantly improves comfort levels on board, as well as making the boat stable, dry and very safe.

“The Targa 63 GTO is designed to suit Fairline’s varied global client base, offering complete flexibility of layout with a multitude of options to suit each individual customer,” he adds.

Regardless of specification, owners will find a large saloon and cockpit as well as a full-beam master cabin with adjoining en-suite.

The boat features a fully glazed ‘panoramic’ roof and a large sliding, glazed sunroof and powered patio doors that disappear through the cockpit floor transforming the main deck and adding to the overall sense of space and light.

In addition, Vripack’s focused on minimising noise and vibration levels throughout the boat is pair with Fairline’s monocoque construction to ensure on board comfort.

Commenting on the project, Mancini says: “It’s been such a privilege to work on the project from the very beginning – starting with a blank sheet of paper. The inspiration was to empathise with the heritage of Fairline whilst drawing on my experience designing megayachts to influence the sense of space.

“We have focused on perfecting the quality, design and details of the boat. We wanted the boat to be recognisable as a Fairline, but with a fresh new approach that encompasses Italian styling, Dutch engineering and British craftsmanship. I am very excited about unveiling the final result!”

Russell Currie, Fairline Yachts managing director, says: “Since taking the helm at Fairline Yachts in January, I have said that our number one goal is to build boats that our customers want to own and our dealers want to sell.

“The Targa 63 GTO is the first of a new generation of yachts from Fairline. With the reaction from customers and our dealers to this new direction for Fairline, I can say with confidence that Fairline Yachts is very much on course to achieve that goal.”

Detailed layout plans and interior finishes are available to view at the exhibitions in Cannes and Southampton this month and Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in November.