Horizon 80' Catamaran "Billabong"Surf Riding on a City at Sea by Chuck Gnaegy 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.