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2020 Fairline 43 Targa

Speaking of engineering that you can’t see, a lot of attention was paid to designing the hull specifically for its twin Volvo Penta IPS600 propulsion package. As the only power option for the builder’s entry-level model it had to perform, and perform well.

“Even though there’s a lot of volume, it’s still incredibly light and incredibly smooth and incredibly fast—we were getting 35 knots out of it yesterday,” said Pope. “She’s smooth and perfect in a turn.”

She didn’t carve turns quite as sharply as the 63, but she did surpass her top speed by a few knots; the 43 clocked a two-way average of 30.1 knots. The ride was smooth. She cut through what little chop we encountered and landed gently any time she found a steep wake from a passing yacht. The most impressive aspect of this boat’s performance was that she came onto plane at just 11 knots. This allows owners to run at a comfortable clip for long distances while not sweating the fuel burn.

There are two options for staterooms. “You can have the master amidships or the master forward,” explained Pope. “The master amidships gives you a little more storage and bigger hull windows in the sides, but you’re in the back of the boat so perhaps you won’t get as much light as you would with the master forward [which has ports overhead].”

Our test boat had the amidships master and VIP forward. And I have to say, I like the setup with the berth facing transversely. On land you usually go to bed and wake up facing a wall or TV; when you’re out on the hook somewhere, you can’t beat the feeling of looking straight out onto the water. It’s guaranteed to get your day started on the right foot. —Daniel Harding Jr.

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