Touted as the “4×4 of the Sea” and hailing from Finland, the Targa 25.1 is essentially an offshore workboat in a compact package.
The exterior is readily identifiable thanks to its deep working/foredeck and shippy wood railing aft. A swim step sits off the stern. Some layouts feature a short ladder that runs parallel to a stout mast. This ladder leads the visitor to the compact, but fully functional, flybridge. The walkabout space is quite massive for a boat this size and should give one the feeling of security while underway.
The interior is quite original and essentially is divided into two compartments. The forward section is all about the nav station, and the slightly forward “attack” angled design of the cabin is reminiscent of some local Pacific Northwest designs. Cleverly, the two helm chairs swivel to be at the deployable family table behind them. Seats along the aft side of the cabin are hinged to either add seating around the table or grant access to the two berths below that run aft. The small galley fully stows when not in use and located right next to the helm station. The 25.1 should be well suited to weekend getaways.
Engine options range from inboard (Volvo D4 225, Volvo D4 260, or Volvo D4 300) to outboard (Yamaha 300 or twin Yamaha 150s). With a reported cruising speed of 30 knots (with 260 horsepower), top speeds ranging between 33 to 40 knots, and fuel consumption of .3 gallons per nautical mile, the Targa 25.1 is fast and efficient.
Whether you find this boat quirky or a trailblazing must-buy is up to you. If this hardy and versatile beauty has caught your eye, you should contact the local dealer, Cardinal Yacht Sales (cardinalyachtsales.com) for more information. Price starts at $168,016.