Horizon FD85 Hull Three Prepares for Final Testing Before August Launch

NEWS | August 02, 2017

Following the recent delivery of Hull Two of the Horizon FD85 to Europe, Hull Three is preparing for its launch and subsequent delivery to the U.S. as an inventory yacht for sale. Featuring a layout and amenities tailored to the American market, Hull Three of the Cor D. Rover-designed FD85 motor yacht features a five-stateroom layout with a full-beam master forward on the main deck and four en suite staterooms situated on the lower deck. Large-scale floor-to-ceiling windows and a dayhead located aft on the main deck add to the open feel of the interior while extensive areas for entertaining are found from the flybridge to the bow and main deck aft.

This new FD85 features Horizon’s advanced hull form design. Dubbed the High Performance Piercing Bow (HPPB), this hull design allows for excellent seakeeping at both slow and high speeds and, when augmented by the FD85’s stabilization system, affords a sublimely comfortable cruising experience.

To ensure the performance and safety expected of all Horizon yachts, every build is subjected to a rigorous series of tests in the dry dock and test tank prior to sea trials. While in the dry dock, Horizon’s well-trained technicians will assess every detail of this latest build. These tests include checking all boat systems under light and full loads and running the yacht’s service, engines, generators and other mechanical equipment for several days at a time. Professional technicians from various departments will check the yacht’s mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems, and the gear loading of the dinghy is tested while in dry dock to ensure stable and smooth operation.

Hull Three will also undergo an extensive series of leak tests to ensure the yacht is completely watertight. These tests simulate conditions during a monsoon, using thousands of gallons of water to shower the yacht from various angles for 2-4 hours.

All of these tests are performed in advance of the sea trials that include speed tests, turning circle, emergency stern propulsion and full-power endurance tests as well as data analysis of onboard frequency and harmonics and the testing of all major equipment and fire-fighting systems.

At Horizon, we believe that a comprehensive testing process for each yacht we build is critical to ensure consistency and quality and we are committed to delivering not only a beautiful luxury yacht, but the best cruising experience to every Horizon yacht owner. Contact us to learn more: 561-721-4850 | sales@horizonyachtusa.com.