Horizon Yachts has entered the new decade in dramatic fashion, kicking off the new year with no fewer than six yacht launches. All six yachts were on display for owners, esteemed guests and international press during the biennial Horizon Open House, a three-day event held January 14-16th at the company’s facilities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Within this impressive showcase, the new FD75 and FD102 models made their global debuts.
Horizon’s Fast Displacement (FD) Series has been extremely successful since it was first unveiled at the 2016 Taiwan International Boat Show. The striking exterior profile features large sections of glass and expansive deck areas while a wide beam and innovative High Performance Piercing Bow design and hull form accommodate unparalleled volume within the interior. The FD Series has seen record sales in the last 4 years, with 20 FD Series yachts sold and delivered to clients hailing from the U.S., Australia, Europe and Asia. Additionally, accommodations to clients’ requests for customization have resulted in the creation of new FD models, and the series now comprises seven models spanning to the FD102 and upcoming FD125.
Taking its place at the entrance of the Cor D. Rover-designed FD Series, the debuting FD75 is itself a remarkable achievement in terms of design and naval architecture. Designed to appeal to serious owner/operators, the FD75 features a raised pilothouse design that accommodates both an open bridge and a lower helm area within its 20’ 4” (6.2m) beam. Uniquely, the FD75 is offered in a three or four-stateroom layout, which includes a full-beam, on-deck master stateroom fitted with an en suite and walk-in closets, and two or three spacious staterooms on the lower deck. Accommodations for two crew members are found aft, and a fully equipped beach club is optional.
As with each Horizon model, a variety of well-planned layout options are offered with the FD75, as is the ability to customize the yacht to suit one’s onboard lifestyle. To satisfy Horizon’s international reach, owners are given a variety of choices, including the option to situate the galley and formal dining area aft on the main deck, or eschew the fixed formal dining option in favor of a convertible dining table that further maximizes the space.
Bookending the FD Series on the opposite end of the size range, the brand new FD102 is the first “superyacht” model in the series. Completed within an impressive 12-month build period and classed to Bureau Veritas, Hull 1 boasts an overall length of 108 feet (33.07m) and accommodates a voluminous interior within a 25’ 2” (7.68m) beam. Fitted with innovative amenities throughout, the FD102 is configured with double salons, an on-deck master stateroom, and a spacious four-stateroom layout on the lower deck. The FD102 accommodates up to three crewmembers, and a walkaround design on the bridge deck level maintains the privacy of the interior space while providing a seamless transition between outdoor entertaining areas. Since the model was first announced, three FD102 yachts have been sold, with Hull 2 scheduled to deliver to her American owners this summer followed by Hull 3 in the early fall.
Accompanying the debuting FD Series yachts are the newest FD80 and FD87 launches. The latest FD80, Hull 4, features an enclosed bridge (Skyline) configuration and four-stateroom layout with an on-deck master. The most popular model in the FD Series, Hull 12 of the FD87 Skyline takes full advantage of the FD Series’ High Performance Piercing Bow and hull design and has been equipped with stabilizers for maximum performance and comfort. Powered by twin MTU engines of 1,600hp each, this latest FD87 achieves a maximum speed of 20.1 knots.
Continuing the showcase are representatives from two of Horizon’s eight yacht series. The brand new RP100 is an extension of the RP97 model, so configured to accommodate a spacious four-stateroom layout appealing to the Australian market. Rounding out the new launches is Hull 3 of the popular PC65 from the Horizon Power Catamaran Series. This spacious multi-hulled yacht features four staterooms including a full-beam, on-deck master suite with three additional staterooms comprising the lower decks.
Held January 14-16th, the 2020 Horizon Open House drew Horizon friends, partners, clients and journalists from around the world to the Horizon City Marina and shipyard facilities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for three entertainment-packed days of VIP factory tours, cultural exploration, yacht hops, harbor cruises and gala dinners. This year saw six new Horizon luxury yachts on display, ranging from the PC65 power catamaran to the debuting FD102 and including the FD75, FD80, FD87 and RP100 motor yachts.