A New Yacht On The Horizon...
Horizon yachts are well known throughout Europe and Asia where they are recognized as a popular line of yachts. Previous production has been sold almost exclusively in the demanding European market, where Horizon competes successfully. They build over 30 yachts a year, which is performed in-house by up to 340 full time employees whose careers are dedicated solely to the company.
Horizon utilizes a manufacturing process known as SCRIMP, a resin-infusion molding technology that adds a level of strength, durability and consistency, while reducing overall weight. SCRIMP, or Seaman Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process, is a process originally developed by the U.S. Navy and tested by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Navy was seeking new ways of adding strength and durability to a vessel’s hull without adding weight. Essentially, SCRIMP is the evolution of the vacuum bag lamination process that more precisely controls resin levels and eliminates air pockets, which tend to form during traditional hand lay-up. Horizon takes this technology several steps further by applying two layers of biaxial fiberglass to the gel coat before vacuum bagging takes place. That means no print-through from the fiberglass mats.
Construction techniques such as this are the result of compliance codes etablished for high-speed, light craft over the past decade. The world’s most reputable class societies have worked with manufacturers and naval architects to create exacting standards for designing and building private yachts. Horizon has been proactively working to standardize their entire construction process. Because of this, Horizon can offer buyers the ability to have their vessel be built in compliance with standards such as: Det Norske Veritas (DNV), High Speed & Light Craft (HSLC) Class, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA).
There are good reason to invest in an accredited vessel. Not only is the quality of construction improved, but the resale value can be greater. In addition, there can be tax and charter benefits too.
Horizon’s 620 is the latest in a new line of revised deckhouse motor yachts ranging from 62’ to 94’ in length that benefit from these construction processes. Long known for exceptional interiors, Horizon has taken interior space to a whole new level, with an unheard of, full stand-up engine room that is accessed via a transom door (see the picture at end of this review).
The 620 is the smallest of the new revised deck Horizons, but benefits from the hand-me-downs of it's larger siblings. Sporty in nature and capable of higher cruising speeds than the rest of the family, Horizon designed the 620 with higher than normal bulwarks to add a level of safety for passengers that can't sit still while underway. They provide safe, easy access to the forward deck area, where a sunpad waits for them to settle down and enjoy the ride.