2018 Horizon Yachts Open House
From January 16th-18th, Horizon Group held the 2018 Horizon Yachts Open House event, at the Horizon City Marina in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In this amazing biennial ceremony, Horizon displayed a number of luxury motoryachts in additon to numerous factory/yacht tours, shows and entertaining events to clients, dealers and partners.
This year six Horizon luxury yachts where on display, among them the FD85, E56 and E56XO sport yachts, and a PC52 power catamaran. The newly launched FD87 Skyline and the V68 motoryachts were the highlights of this event.
Horizon FD87 – SKYLINE
Featuring a design inspired by her owner’s lifestyle request, the FD87 Skyline motoryacht is a brand new addition to the Cor D. Rover-designed Fast Displacement series. Springing from the eye-catching FD85, which debuted at the 2017 Cannes and Monaco International Boat Shows, the FD87 Skyline boasts a cool blue hull and contrasting white superstructure. In place of the raised pilothouse found on the FD85, the owner of the FD87 requested a fully enclosed bridge with a helm station to provide additional indoor entertaining and lounging options and allow for an extended boating season in colder climates.
The FD87 Skyline retains many of her predecessor’s unique features, including an expansive 23’ 3” beam, large on-deck Master with four further guest staterooms and two crew cabins on the lower deck, and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon and dining areas inviting an abundance of natural light within the interior. On the FD87, a lounge area on the bow is accessed via Portuguese walkway while a spacious beach club and hydraulic swim platform invite interaction with the sea.
The FD87 Skyline features Horizon’s new High Performance Piercing Bow (HPPB) hull design and has been equipped with stabilizers for maximum performance and comfort. Powered by CAT C18s of 1,136hp each, the FD87 Skyline boasts a 3,480 gallon fuel capacity yielding a 1,780nm range at 10 knots and reaches a max speed of 16.6 knots.
Another new model making a splash on the global cruising scene is the brand new Horizon V68 model from the builder’s V series. Designed as an entry-level motoryacht with superyacht attitude, the V68 was created specifically for owner operation. A concept nearly nine years in the making, the V68 was designed in collaboration with world renowned designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett (JQB) and based on feedback from clients and international yacht brokers. Tailored to the objectives of safety, solid architecture and option for customization, the V68 motoryacht allows owners to embark on long-term cruising in a custom yacht under 70 feet.
Immediately striking in appearance thanks to a plumb bow design – and only the second Horizon model apart from the FD series to feature such – the V68 has been planned throughout with large open spaces, wide side decks and a voluminous interior that takes advantage of a 19’ 6” beam as well as large windows in the main deck and cabins. The adoption of the plumb bow was the critical element that formed the basis of the V68’s design as it allowed for a longer waterline and thus the generous beam and reduced drag at lower speeds. The larger hull beam not only makes for greater stability and increased interior spaces, but also allowed the team, which included Stimson Yachts of New Zealand overseeing the hull design and naval architecture, to increase headroom without affecting the yacht’s low profile.
Unique to an entry-level motor yacht is the V68’s option for customization. Owners are given the choice of at least two layout options for each deck. The V68 offers a three- or four-cabin arrangement with the Master suite midship. If needed, quarters for two crew can be arranged aft. On the main deck, an open salon flows into a large joined galley and country kitchen; the main deck layout can also be configured with a country kitchen or lower helm forward. The open flybridge, which is the standard configuration for this model, features a bar with dinette seating under the hard top while a spacious sunbathing and dining area is found further forward on the bow. The flybridge can be enclosed and equipped with a dayhead, and removable seating can be added to the boat deck.
Advanced systems, safety, luxurious finishes and options for customization – all qualities of a custom superyacht – are the cornerstones of the new Horizon V68 model. Ideal for first- or second-time buyers, families and owner/operators, the V68 offers extended cruising capabilities via twin Caterpillar C18 ACERTs of 1,136HP each.