Horizon Yachts EP69 ExpeditionIn A Class All Its Own by Judy Waldman "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. The Horizon Group was founded by John Lu whose beginnings were as a naval architect and whose title continues as CEO. The Horizon Group owns 4 shipyards, all in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, at which the various models are built. Over 800 Horizon Group employees are responsible for the 8 different lines of Horizon Yachts. John Lu’s business strategy has been to keep improving the products, including his recent investment of over $9 million in tooling alone. Lu’s vision of providing an appropriate yacht choice for every market segment is what led to the concept of the EP69 as a fuel efficient, medium range explorer for the family that is looking for the traditional motoryacht feel and comforts.