The expanded FD87 Skyline has been customized to suit the American owners’ – and their dogs’ – cruising lifestyle
It was a busy week at the Horizon Yacht USA office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with back-to-back deliveries of the new tri-deck Horizon FD92 and the custom Horizon FD90 to their respective owners. This latest delivery was commissioned by experienced owners who previously built and owned a Horizon E88 with an enclosed bridge.
The FD90’s owner has a strong technical and space planning background and often brainstorms with Horizon’s R&D department, so he approached Horizon to design and build a yacht based on the FD Series’ voluminous profile and hull form that would suit his family’s onboard lifestyle. The result is a three-stateroom yacht with an enclosed bridge, an open-plan main salon spanning the yacht’s 23’ 3” beam, and a large galley/country kitchen forward.
The FD90 is based on an expanded FD87 hull, with the country kitchen configuration being the most dramatic departure from the standard FD Series layout. Situated in the space normally occupied by the main-deck master stateroom, the fully equipped galley is positioned to starboard, opposite a laminated glass wall that partitions a floating staircase leading up to the skylounge and down to the lower deck. The country kitchen area features a built-in dinette and working desk overlooked by a skylight with motorized blinds. A custom walk-in pantry occupies the forwardmost space, punctuating a truly expansive gastronomic environment. Throughout the yacht, accommodations have also been made for the owners’ dogs, such as a special window sill ledge in the dinette area to allow the little pups to enjoy their favorite pastimes of watching the world go by.
Three large staterooms – including a VIP to starboard, another VIP forward, and a full-beam master suite amidships – occupy the lower deck. The crew area is situated aft of the engine room and accommodates up to four crew members. In place of the typical beach club, the owners opted instead for additional storage for the aft deck and swim platform.
The pilothouse and enclosed skylounge occupy the upper deck, while an al fresco space for entertaining with an L-shaped settee, dinette and bar with stools is shaded by the radar arch which the owners had fitted with a skylight.
“Horizon’s willingness to modify their design is limited only by your imagination and your pocketbook,” says the owner. “We tried to keep all the things we liked about our Horizon E88 while incorporating the greater volume of the FD87. Although the on-deck stateroom is a staple of the FD87, we were used to having two walk-in closets in the master so we choose to keep the master midship. As we only need three staterooms, that left the forward area of the main deck available for a different purpose. In keeping with the more informal use of our vessel, the country kitchen was a logical step with room left over for a desk with computer station. With much of the deckhouse in glass on the FD87, storage is reduced from our E88 so the walk-in pantry across the full beam of the forward bulkhead was a natural evolution. Our dogs also played into the design and Horizon made numerous modifications to keep them safe aboard while cruising. We all look forward to many adventures aboard our new FD.”
The owners’ dogs were on hand during the delivery ceremony, and looked quite at home aboard their new vessel.
For more information about the FD Series or to define your own Horizon, please contact Horizon Yacht USA at 561-721-4850 or email [email protected].