For the 14th consecutive year, Horizon Yachts has once again been lauded for its innovation and achievements in yacht building. This year, it was the highly customized RP125 yacht that took home the Taiwan Excellence Award, which was presented during an annual gala ceremony at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center on December 6, 2023. Horizon is the only yacht builder to receive a Taiwan Excellence Award this year, which further underscores the continuous innovation displayed by the Kaohsiung-based shipyard.Established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1993, the Taiwan Excellence Awards recognize innovation and excellence across a variety of industries. Held annually, the awards are presented to nominees who surpass a rigorous selection process that analyzes four major areas including R&D, Design, Quality and Marketing. The Taiwan Excellence symbol has become a standard for Taiwanese products with innovative values that are renown on the international market.
Designed and built for a repeat owner, the Horizon RP125 combines preferred elements from the popular RP (Raised Pilothouse) and FD (Fast Displacement) Series of yachts. Innovation was the genesis of this particular yacht, which is based on the Horizon RP platform but built with an FD Series High Performance Piercing Bow for enhanced performance. At 125 feet in length, the RP125 is the largest Horizon yacht sold in Australia.The first notable layout variation of the RP125 is the absence of a raised pilothouse, which was eliminated from the design to allow for a spacious salon and an exceptional galley area with high ceilings and large windows on the main deck. The wheelhouse is instead situated on the bridge deck along with Captain’s quarters and a dayhead with a shower just forward of an enclosed skylounge and bridge deck dining area aft.Christened Vin Xan, the RP125 is the second Horizon build for the owner, who previously owned an RP100. The five-stateroom yacht boasts generous interior space, which is outfitted in a sophisticated interior style highlighted by rich South American walnut and ebony accents. Similar to the FD Series layout, the RP125 sees the master stateroom positioned forward on the main deck with a sunken ensuite.Other innovative features are found throughout the RP125. The interior staircase features a leather-wrapped handrail that can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button. Spacious crew quarters and a large crew mess with ample soundproofing are situated aft of the engine room, while a large beach garage with laundry has been designed with custom storage for the owner’s favorite waterborne activities such as fishing and diving.
The main tenet of the Taiwan Excellence program is the recognition of innovative products that are rooted in the quest for solutions to improve life and lifestyle. With the RP125, Horizon demonstrates innovation that improves onboard comfort not only with layout design but through overall performance.
For more details on the new Horizon RP125, please contact Horizon Yacht USA [email protected]