RP102 Model to Mould
The latest raised pilothouse model from Horizon, the RP102 has just transitioned from her design phase into the mould stage. Horizon’s CNC tooling facility used Taiwan’s only 5-axis router to create a 1:20 scaled mock-up (shown here) after which the mould construction began.
In the preliminary design stages, Horizon evaluated 36 different hull shapes using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and narrowed down the options to the best hull form; which was then transformed into a 3D file. The structure then underwent a simulation analysis to create the final design.
The RP102’s hull exhibits 25% greater efficiency than a conventional planning hull whilst in the 16 – 24 knot range, and has received much attention since her 3D renderings were released in early 2013.
Horizon Group CEO John Lu states, “Horizon’s advanced design team worked together with renowned Dutch yacht designer Cor D. Rover in bringing the Horizon RP102 to life. Her transition now to the mould stage is a big step forward in making the model a reality for our clients.”