As one of the 10th largest yacht builders in the world, Horizon has become an increasingly well-known semi-custom, high quality yacht builder up to 150 feet in the American Market. Throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., Horizon is recognized as having a popular line of yachts, and previous production has been sold almost exclusively in the demanding European and U.S. yachting markets, where Horizon competes successfully. Since 1987, Horizon has built over 700 yachts in an in-house, state-of-the-art facility located in Taiwan, where 1100 employees dedicate their entire careers solely to yacht building. Collaboration with yacht designers, such as Juan Carlos “JC” Espinosa, John Lindblohm and naval architects like Greg Marshall, has ensured that Horizon’s yachts are built to each customer’s needs and specifications. Horizon also takes extra steps in their manufacturing process to ensure seaworthiness in all the yachts they build by using the SCRIMP™ resin-infusion molding process. 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 and adds a level of strength, durability and consistency, while reducing overall weight. With new NDT testing processes, Horizon are keeping on the cutting edge of yacht construction and constantly implementing new technologies and standards to continue to lead the field in yacht manufacturing. With a new Marina located in Kaohsiung City and plans to expand, Horizon are one of very few manufacturers anywhere in the world with their own facilities to support their owners. Horizon is committed to continual growth in the yachting industry and offers customers seven series to satisfy various lifestyles: E series, EP series, P series, PC series, RP series, T series and V series.
The last time YF wrote concerning Horizon Yacht's new FD102 it was when they announced the first sale for the model. Since then one of the launched units has been shown off by the yard when it debuted at the Horizon Open House which concluded a few days ago -held from January 14th to 16th-. The FD102 is designed by Cor D. Rover while the Naval Architecture and interior was designed in-house by the yard.
"EP" is Horizon-speak for Expedition and this series of bravado looking boats combine expedition features with luxury yacht amenities to satisfy serious boaters from several yacht segments. For the yachtsman looking for luxury accommodations, a hint of speed, and the solid slugboat feel of a full displacement trawleresque hull, the EP69 has much to offer. Horizon Yachts, whose fleet of vessels includes motoryachts, megayachts, express cruisers, and powercats, now adds explorers to its fleet of luxury vessels plying the waters worldwide: the EP Series. Foremost, what it provides is pedigree from a proven builder. Horizon yachts has been building motoryachts for 25 years and have between 600 and 700 boats afloat to their credit. Corroborating their accredited lineage, Horizon Yachts was recently awarded their seventh consecutive “Best Asian Yacht Builder” award. Consistency and continuity confirmed.
A noteworthy leap ahead in yacht design, Horizon's PC-58 is a Cat whose time has come. While YF is not in the habit of outright praise given the many fine yachts reviewed here from top notch world acclaimed yards, on this rare occasion, a superb out of the ordinary build emerges, sporting that rare combination of performance, style, ergonomics and efficiency. Here we present a yacht that “Has It All”, Horizon’s outstanding PC58 Power Catamaran, designed by Lavranos Marine Design and styled by Winchester Design Group; a new boat checking nearly every box on a very discerning list. The owner of hull #1 is an avid fisherman who has owned approximately 20 yachts. This is a gentleman who knew exactly what he wanted. He and his wife enjoy entertaining and large outdoor spaces, putting them at one with their surroundings. Among stability and efficiency mandates, one of the reasons he chose the PC-58 was for its Bahamas friendly draft. Because the couple like to fish and prepare their own catch, emphasis was placed on a larger-than-average, commercial grade galley with expansive granite countertops. This added some weight to this build, with minimal penalty to draft. Because of this, hull #1 came in at 41 tons, but hull #2 will only be 36 tons.
She’s so ample in girth, she'll surprise you. When viewed from astern she appears to register in the 125' to 150' range. Yet here is the “fat lady” who sings; flaunting all her live-aboard advantages in a svelte and stylish 80 feet – barely more than half her initial impression. With stability and grace, she revels with a definite charm for those who appreciate living large at sea. Horizon asked Australian designer Mark Ellis to design the kind of yacht many cruiser’s dreams are made of, they planned for more room, broad comfort, delivered with relatively compact size and excellent stability. Those requirements would center on a highly specialized yacht; yes – a Catamaran – many of which he has berthed before. Those previous models were sight-seeing yachts, cargo haulers, military. This charming new innovation – built with a one-piece SCRIMP lamination and solid fiberglass bottom hull -- would present challenges as well in this unique approach to high level cruising.
Horizon steps out of its noted, successful presentation of luxury motoryachts to enter the strongly competitive world of Tournament Sportfishing with a secret weapon from the Far East. Talk to a professional Tournament Captain about a new model sportfish; his first response is, “Will it bring up fish?” The yachtsmen, and women, who populate this highly competitive world of tournament sportfishing, recognize particular hull designs which seem to communicate with ... and attract big fish, enticing them to the baits they troll in their wakes. This accounts for the popularity of certain brands, certain winning boats, which win/place/show time after time in this unusual but vibrant, competitive niche of the boating world.
Happy Birthday! Bells and Whistles! Foghorns! Champagne! A glorious day in the yachting community, as a company claims a full generation – 20 years – of building superb yachting craft. Many of its satisfied customers own their 2nd or 3rd Horizon luxe-liner. Once again, Horizon Yachts extends its reputation for fine products as Taiwan’s largest builder. Indeed, 6th largest yacht producer in the world, with 400 yachts launched – 62’ to 130’ ! And what a way to celebrate... with the debut of a fresh new design, offering the luxury of easy handling, comfort, and a utilitarian layout, which means a competent yachting couple can handle this yacht by themselves, if they so desire, with or without a professional crew. Designed by Seattle-based Naval Architect Greg Marshall, the new Vision 68 shares similar design elements with another recently launched Marshall design, the much acclaimed Calixas 105', also built at Horizon's yard. Not its biggest, at a “mere” 68 ft., Vision is just over half the size of Horizon’s newest megayacht underway; the S130. Yet, the Vision 68 sports many of the same possibilities.
Her lustrous lines seem to leap forward toward some unseen target, as the Horizon 70 MotorYacht – the builder’s latest product – revels in the advantage of superior volume for its size, yet caters to the owner’s individual comfort and preferences. Her streamlined hull – sloped and tweaked to an aggressive needle-nose, emphasizes a striking vision of focus; almost suggesting a racy sporting yacht.
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 Yachts recently announced the unveiling of a new model. It is the latest addition to the E-Series of vessels from the Taiwan-based yard. The E81 has been launched and made its debut on the U.S market according to the builder. The first of new E81 model to come to the U.S. is distinguished by an expansive open bridge that is protected by a hard top and a fixed glass windshield forward. Here, a full helm station with dual helm chairs is complemented by a large U-shaped starboard-side settee facing a bar with four bar stools to port.
Horizon Yachts has announced the delivery of the third FD102 called "Untethered". She is a four cabins vessel with an on-deck master suite for the owners. There are two VIP grade suites and a convertible twin cabin on the lower deck to round out the accommodation for guests. Crew accommodations are aft in the hull. The owners chose a striking metallic grey colour for the hull and standard white for the superstructure. The main feature that is expected to see alot of use by the owners is the enclosed sky lounge bridge which was manufactured in carbon fiber to keep the weight down and center of gravity as low a possible.
One of the newest units sailing in Horizon's FD87 model is a 27-meter yacht called "ICE". The vessel represents the 10th unit in the model sold and was handed over to German owners who have operated multiple Horizon yachts prior. They ran an E78 as well as an E64 and the FD87 will provide them with more volume than their previous boats enabling further enjoyment in their favourite Mediterranean destinations.
Horizon Yachts has now officially expanded the FD Line with the launching of the first unit in the FD92 model. The yacht is called "Crowned Eagle" and has already been engaged in sea trials in preparation for delivery to her new owner by October. The photos below show her going through the paces during sea trial operations. The yacht is expected to ship soon from Taiwan to the United States where it will be commissioned and delivered to the customer. The FD92 was birthed mainly because the owner wanted an FD87 but with an enclosed skylounge/bridge area but still having a flybridge with secondary helm station. This necessitated the extra length of the hull.
The FD Line from Taiwanese shipyard Horizon Yachts has grown in its popular appeal over the last few years and currently comprises of seven models from as small as 75-feet up to the FD125 we are featuring. At present FD Line models include the FD75, FD80, FD85, FD87, FD92, FD102 and FD125. Cor D. Rover is responsible for the design of this line in collaboration with Horizon Yachts. The FD125, the largest of the range, will come in two variants. They aren't very different at all only at the stern where there is either a garage/beachclub facility or that area can be optioned as a pool.
An Australian client is waiting to take delivery of a new custom yacht presently under construction at Horizon Yachts. The CC98 is designed for an owner who is a four-time repeat customer of the yard and will combine exterior details found in the E series as well as the spacious and light interior of the FD series. The appearance of the yacht will be interesting as they are reinforcing the roof of the uppermost deck to serve as a landing area for a Robinson class helicopter.The upper deck is also longer than usual.
Taiwanese shipyard Horizon Yachts have launched a new Fast Displacement 102 (FD102/02) yacht from their line. The yacht is another collaboration between Horizon Yachts and Cor d. Rover but the name of the yacht is significant, at least to those who pay attention. The name "To-Kalon" will ring a bell to many of YF's readers as this name graced a Burger Yachts 101 before which to our knowledge was listed for sale. In fact YF did a thorough review of the previous To-Kalon before. https://www.yachtforums.com/review/burger-101-to-kalon.10747/
The packed FD-line from Taiwanese yacht builder Horizon Yachts has become even more crowded with the addition of the FD92. Horizon is expected to introduce the first hull in 2020 when it is delivered to its American owner. It would be fair to expect that this yacht is already under construction. Looking at the lines it is easy to see that it is based from the slightly smaller FD87.
It’s a story of being separated at “berth” for twin Horizon RP110 Superyachts, which have just launched and are now scheduled to be delivered to their respective owners in the U.S. and Australia. Despite hailing from different continents, these two owners have shared an identical yacht ownership path, which began in 2012 when they each bought a Horizon E78. From there, both owners moved into Horizon E88 yachts before commissioning their own RP110 Superyachts.
The RP110 is now an established model in Horizon's line-up of yachts. With the launched hull count at presently at four, the latest is completed and ready to take the long journey from Taiwan to the United States. That's right, hull number 4 will be making her way across to the U.S but not on her own bottom naturally. She will be placed atop a cargo ship and piggy-back stateside where she will be available as an inventory piece available for purchase. The fourth hull has a contemporary interior that should appeal to any potential owner. Guest spaces are across three decks with accommodation on the lower deck as well as forward main deck.