Targa boats are built with precision and care at our boatyards in Western Finland, where modern production technologies complement traditional boat building methods. More than 200 highly qualified professionals design and manufacture boats that perform at the highest possible standard. Their expertise pays tribute to Finland’s unique maritime tradition and place the entire Targa fleet in a class of its own.
Seaworthy by design. Luxurious in detail. Targa is the pinnacle of offshore boating –
renowned for its unparalleled quality and handling.
Forty years after its launch, Targa continues to inspire boat lovers everywhere to dream of open waters and memorable voyages.
Targa crafts perform at a consistently high level as a result of our extensive boating experience and the dedication shown by our team of highly-qualified professionals. The close relationship to dealers and end-customers is essential for continuous quality improvements. Though the climates and conditions in which Targa boats are driven may vary, the quality of their craftsmanship is always the same.
One Targa can handle Seven Seas
Built to withstand howling winds and stormy seas, Targa boats have earned the admiration of motor boat lovers worldwide. Whether you are taking a day trip to a sheltered cove in the Mediterranean or embarking on a perilous journey along the coast of Greenland, Targa takes you to your destination in unmatched safety and comfort. Today the entire Targa fleet is manufactured at Botnia Marin’s own boat yards in Western Finland. Every work stage – from lamination, carpentry and technical planning to equipment installation and testing – is done in-house with exacting attention to quality and detail.
Founded in 1976 by Johan Carpelan and his wife Brit-Marie, Botnia Marin has more than 200 expert boat builders in its crew. The company is family-owned and the second generation of Carpelans is on board the family business. Extensive boating experience and dedicated professionals ensure that the entire Targa range measures up to the most demanding performance requirements. We also value the input provided by our customers and dealers. Their insight helps us build even better boats. Though sea and weather are always restless, the craftsmanship behind Targa boats never wavers.
The finest materials
The best components
Oy Botnia Marin Ab was founded by Johan and Britt-Marie Carpelan
Factory of Malax, south of Vasa, Finland
Production commences, driven by a staff of ten people
The H-boat serves as the primary product, and is entered in all northern European boat fairs in its first year.
Production of Botnia 23 launches. These boats are manufactured until 1991 by wich time 650 boats have beenbuilt.
Production of NF sailing boats starts, continuing up to 1987
Production rights for Targa 25 purchased from Targa Yachts. Comprehensive product development starts.
The Targa 29 was launched in 1989.
The celebrated Targa 27 was launched in Hamburg in 1991.
The first Targa 23 boats were delivered to customers.
In 1994 the Targa 25 MK II was revealed to the public.
Targa 33 "Absolut Targa" launched in the north of Norway
Several police boats delivered to both Norway and Finland during the following years
In 1997 the Targa 30/31 were launched.
Sunwind Yachts boatyard (4000m2) in Nykarleby purchased.
Metropolian Police buy their first Targa police patrol boat - since then nine boats have been bought.
First out of several taxi sightseeing boats delivered to Greenland.
The flagship Targa 37 was revealed.
The awaited Targa 35 was launched.
Targa 30 - Motorboat of the show / Helsinki boat show
Over 100 employees
Targa 31 MK II was the updated version of the popular Targa 31.
1000 H-boats produced. Production stops after 1005 constructed boats in 2004.
The Targa 27.1 was launched.
1000 Targa boats produced
Targa 35 Highfly & Targa 37 Highfly special editions were revealed.
Targa 27.1 - Motorboat of the show / Scandinavian Boat Show, Stockholm
Vacuum infusion process used for the hull of Targa 42, marking the first time this is done in full-scale in Finland.
Targa 25.1 was the new and updated version of our popular Targa 25.
Targa 42, launched in Stockholm / Scandinavian Boat Show
"Motorboat of the show" is awarded to Targa 42
Robert Carpelan joins the family company
Inuagration of new production facilities, measuring up to 3000m2
The growth continues. Targa reaches 200 employees.
Targa 44 IPS, the highest performance Targa is released.
Targa 31 Motorboat of the year award by Motorboat & Yachting and Motorboat Monthly
Targa 44 wins Motor Boat of the Year!
Botnia Marin is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Botnia Marin is awarded a second environmental certificate, the ISO 14001:2004 certificate.
The CFC - Comfort Fore Cabin - offers a totally new level of comfort on board.
The all new Targa 32 is launched.
Targa 32 wins Motor Boat of the Year!
Comfort Fore Cabin for Targa 32
The Targa 44 aft door option is launched.
Targas are made by hand in the coastal towns of Malax and Nykarleby, Western Finland. The craftsmanship displayed by our professionals is clearly reflected in each completed Targa boat. The builders work closely together during the building phase to ensure the highest possible quality. At Targa, we bring a vast wealth of experience and knowledge to guarantee the best possible results.
To be able to ensure the high quality that Targas are renowned for, Botnia Marin is having two "full-service" production sites. Botnia Marin is a traditional boat-yard in the sense that almost everything in being done in-house – in contrary to many yards of today who mostly are working as assembly factories. Botnia Marin is very proud about the fact that we have competence in all the boat-building phases – right from the lamination start until the finishing touches are laid on the boat before delivery.
Botnia Marin is also unique in that almost everything is done in-house. Not only do we cover every stage in the boat building process, we always take into account the customers’ wishes in the design and manufacture of their Targa. You get exactly what you want – a boat that meets and exceeds your expectations in every way.
“Targa is very far away from an off-the shelf product. We provide our customers with a fully personalized boat. You choose color, upholstery, navigation system, pantry equipment, fittings, and so on. We then build it.” Robert Carpelan, Sales Director.