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Sargo vs Targa. What will you choose?

Sargo vs Targa

Updated on February 20th, 2024

Which boats are better, Sargo or Targa? It seems that one day this question will be asked by everyone who has finally learned that universal all-weather motorboats do exist and the most logical place to look for them is in Scandinavia.

There is, of course, no direct answer, otherwise the question would not exist. However, there are nuances in the boats of these manufacturers that may be approved or, on the contrary, seem impractical, depending on personal preferences. But what can be said for sure is that the owners fall in love with the boats of both shipyards equally strongly, and we have never met anyone who was disappointed in their purchase.

Prices

If we compare the Targa and Sargo models that are similar in size, then with the same configuration the prices will be approximately the same. For LOA 14-15 meters it will be around €1,000,000. Prices may seem quite high for GRP boats of such small size, but we can be confident in the seaworthiness and strength of their hulls, which have been tested over the years in harsh northern waters. In addition, there are not many analogues on the market.

Flybridge

It should be noted that Sargo currently has only one model with a flybridge – the 36 Fly. While Targa has all but the smallest boat models available with a flybridge. However, on the first models of the range the flybridge is more reminiscent of a Dutch-style helm station.

Whether a marine off-road vehicle needs a flybridge or not is up to you to decide. It’s hard to overstate the pleasure of piloting a boat from the flybridge on a warm, sunny summer day, but we also prefer the visual aesthetics and simplicity of a sleek hardtop. As well as minimizing any systems that require maintenance or may break down. In addition to this, the absence of a flybridge allows a large sliding sunroof to be integrated into the saloon hardtop, and the remaining space to be allocated for solar panels, as is implemented on the Sargo.

Interiors

Here, too, everything is not so clear. The layout and design of cabins on small boats is a complete compromise in which you need to be careful at all times not to hit a corner or low ceiling. At least until you get used to their features. However, on the Targa 46 and Sargo 45 you already feel completely different, moving easily between the cabins and enjoying the almost homely space.

According to our personal feelings, Sargo leads in the comfort of cabins on entry-level boats, and Targa on flagship models.

As for the salon and skipper’s place, here our opinions are completely divided and it is not possible to bring them to a common denominator. Although the Targa seems to be aiming to be more traditional and cozy, while the Sargo is more modern.

On deck

Obviously, Sargo designers expect that the owner and guests will spend quite a lot of time relaxing on the deck, so they thoughtfully added soft benches and tables at the stern and bow, where it is really very comfortable and pleasant to enjoy food and drinks.

This is not really necessary on Targa boats as they offer a superb flybridge. On the 46 it is initially very spacious but can be expanded to incredible proportions while also serving as a canopy over the rear deck.

Engine room

It appears that access to engines for maintenance and repair is easier on most Sargos. But we haven’t encountered any serious problems that require us to get our hands dirty to make our statement truly fair and backed by experience.

Exterior

In terms of hull and superstructure design, we prefer the Targa for its traditional lines, which have practical implications, and the available color combinations. Obviously Targa boats have a higher windage area, especially in the flybridge versions, but modern control systems and bow thruster, especially when combined with an IPS drive, solve such problems.

At sea

Both shipyards build identical strong planing hulls with a deep V at the bow, which, when properly balanced, are as versatile as possible, striking the sweet spot between speed and seaworthiness.

But the comparable Sargo models are slightly more efficient in fuel consumption and range. This is probably mainly due to better aerodynamics. However, Targa offers its customers a much wider choice of engines and drives, so you really have the option of sticking to high speed or maximum economy.

When it comes to seaworthiness, you will hardly notice the difference between Sargo and Targa. We didn’t have the opportunity to test drive them at the same time to notice the nuances between them, but the Targa boats definitely have better visibility from the helm, which can be extremely useful in some cases.

Editor’s choice

Well, the Sargo appeals to a lot of boaters. Perhaps this shipyard has more fans than Targa. But despite this, we would choose the Targa. We love everything about these boats, including the predictability, the feel at the helm, the abundance of wood in the interiors and the romance of high-latitude adventures that hovers around them.

Of course, it cannot be said that their competitors do not have all this, so this may be a completely biased opinion due to the fact that we were accustomed to Targo boats long before we had at our disposal analogues from the older Sargo shipyard and other, younger Scandinavian manufacturers seeking to enter this niche.

Another important point is that Targa offers outboard motors on most of its models.