Horizon Yacht USA build manager joins the new Jemily II for her sea trials off Taiwan’s southern coast.
With the typhoon and monsoon seasons firmly in their wake, southern Taiwan’s winter months bring with them pleasant conditions that extend from shore to sea. Winter’s “cool season” sees more temperate climates, but boating conditions, while more favorable this time of year, retain the characteristic unpredictability of the 180-kilometer body of water separating the island of Taiwan from Asia’s mainland. Here, at the southern end of the Formosa Straight, the waters off the global port of Kaohsiung are bustling with the comings and goings of container ships and other industrial vessels, while peppered with occasional leisure yachts being put through their paces. The varied conditions of these waters make them an ideal location to test every Horizon yacht’s operating systems, navigation systems, stabilizers, engines and generators.
For nearly three years, the pandemic’s travel restrictions necessitated that sea trials be managed by representatives from the major component manufacturers as well as the Horizon yard’s team of engineers, designers and naval architects, with clients, captains and the Horizon Yacht USA team participating remotely. This month marked a significant post-pandemic milestone, as the ease in travel restrictions allowed Horizon Yacht USA build manager Karl Kemppainen and the owner’s captain to personally attend the sea trials of the brand new Tri-Deck FD100, Jemily II.
“It was terrific to return to Kaohsiung to spend time with my Horizon colleagues and put the latest FD Series yacht through her paces,” said Karl. “It was this client’s captain’s first visit to the yard and he was thoroughly impressed with the engineering and build caliber on display. I encourage every client and captain to visit the yard during the build process to see firsthand the level of build quality that distinguishes Horizon from other builders.”
Jemily II is a five-stateroom yacht built for experienced American clients who knew what they wanted in their new yacht. They customized the skylounge to suit a relaxed and fun lifestyle and incorporated custom lighting, navigation and A/V throughout. After her sea trials, she will return to the Horizon Premier Shipyard for final completion before being prepped for shipment to the U.S.
The FD100’s arrival will be followed closely by the delivery of the next FD90 to first time Horizon owners, who ordered their new Horizon after the 2021 Newport International Boat show. These owners also joined other Horizon owners and guests at the Horizon Yachts Owners’ Rendezvous in the Abacos in May, 2022, where they officially became members of the Horizon family.