Horizon FD103 ASKARI Garners Awards
NEWS | July 31, 2023
Delivered in 2022, the Horizon FD103 motor yacht ASKARI quickly gained global recognition for her thoughtful design and custom, owner-specified interior by PLK Design. Not only was the yacht shortlisted as one of five Finalists in the 2023 World Superyacht Awards’ Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts 30m-34.99m category, it also won the Main Salon category of the 2023 International Yacht and Aviation Awards.
Every Horizon owner is welcomed to collaborate on the interior design of their build, and ASKARI’s Australian owners seized the opportunity to create an interior that not only reflects their style and tastes, but also celebrates the creativity of Australian designers and product manufacturers.
“We were looking for a boat better suited to our family’s needs; our goal was to achieve the ambience of a high-end floating beach house that reflects our active lifestyle.” said the owner, who was introduced to Horizon’s high-volume FD Series at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.What began as the design of a tri-deck FD92 evolved into the FD103 to accommodate the owners' request for plentiful deck areas. The result is the interior and exterior space of a superyacht atop a proven hull form for the ultimate home on the sea: a five-stateroom layout with an on-deck master suite within three spacious decks comprising an open flybridge and a split-use skylounge.
ASKARI is designed as a long-range luxury explorer hybrid with a top speed of 22 knots. With an 18,170L fuel capacity and a range of 2,100nm at 9 knots, the yacht is capable of cruising long distances off Australia’s coast without the need to refuel.
While ASKARI features a traditional layout on the main deck, with an expansive aft deck, a salon highlighted by full-height windows, and a formal dining area and galley forward, it is anything but traditional in its styling. The brief was for an interior that showcased a gradation of grey, for which Horizon selected Alpi Breeze Oak to echo the interior furniture and complemented the interior style with materials in shades of grey.
Gold Coast-based interior design firm PLK Design is responsible for the contemporary and award-winning interior, with company owner Pete personally selecting the finishes and outfitting accessories. Australian furniture maker Jardan supplied much of the interior furniture, from the dining table and chairs to the tub chairs in the salon, and the owner selected beautiful Cambria stonework as an upgrade throughout. The use of Australian brands continues in the lighting, with Soktas Hand Blown Glass Lighting providing the main ceiling feature light in the salon as well as the wall lamps in the full-beam master stateroom on the main deck.
Guest accommodations extend from the on-deck master to four spacious staterooms on the lower deck comprising mirrored VIPs amidships and a double cabin forward to port. To starboard, the owners specified a unique bunk ensuite that accommodates guests in two twins and a Pullman berth. Crew quarters for four and a garage are situated aft of the engine room.
The deck areas on this tri-deck FD103 do not disappoint, with the split-use skylounge hosting a bar, dayhead and seating area and extending aft to a full dining area with a large jacuzzi tub. A 15ft Castoldi Jet tender is stowed on the foredeck, while the open flybridge offers plentiful seating and sunbathing opportunitiesTo receive prestigious and global recognition from both the World Superyacht Awards and the International Yacht & Aviation Awards is testament to the yacht’s overall quality of design and build as well as the careful consideration given to its custom interior. The International Yacht & Aviation Awards says of ASKARI’s interior: “The overall aesthetic of the interiors reflects the owners’ first inspiration so well, making it a project that has separate design identities, but the result is one cohesive design.”