STYLE BACKED BY SUBSTANCE; INNOVATION BACKED BY SUCCESS
When it comes to yacht building, there is no shortage of style. But as any successful yacht builder knows, to turn heads is but a small requirement of what makes a high caliber yacht. Style must be backed by substance, design must be backed by quality; innovation must be backed by success.
What began as an entrepreneurial boatbuilding dream in a dusty, empty factory thirty years ago has grown to become one of the world’s leading yacht builders. Founded in 1987, Horizon Yachts has steadily evolved, weathering the ebb and flow of the world economy, never losing its focus on innovation and technological advancement. The factors contributing to this success were engrained in the company from the beginning – integrity, courage and a pursuit of excellence – characteristics that stemmed from the vision held by the company’s founders, including CEO John Lu.
Today, after 835 yacht builds from 52 to 150 feet in length, Horizon offers its customers eight distinct series of motor yachts – including completely custom builds – conceived, designed, tested, constructed and sea trialed at four state-of-the-art facilities encompassing 1 million square feet in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. With each milestone in innovation surpassed, or as research and development conducted to test an owner’s design request yields success, Horizon unveils a new yacht model or series – often working hand-in-hand with the world’s leading naval architects and designers. A key component to Horizon’s ethos is a great investment in its client input. Owners are included as part of the team, from the start of the build process through delivery and well into ownership, and their feedback is incorporated to improve and develop future models. The result is a series of tested designs with ingenious amenities built upon proven platforms utilizing the world’s most advanced composite construction technologies.
Introduced in 2016, the Cor D. Rover-designed Fast Displacement (FD) Series of motor yachts has taken the industry by storm, featuring striking profiles, voluminous interiors and a proprietary High Performance Piercing Bow (HPPB) design. Each of the five models offered, ranging from the newly-unveiled FD70 through the FD125 superyacht, affords the innovative space, style and amenities that characterizes this series.
FD75 OPEN BRIDGE
Taking its place at the entrance of a series known for its unparalleled volume, innovative functionality and intelligent layout, the FD75 is a remarkable achievement in terms of design and naval architecture. Intended for owner/operators, the FD75 features a raised pilothouse design that accommodates both an open bridge and a lower helm area. The FD75 is a four-stateroom yacht, which includes a full-beam, on-deck master stateroom fitted with an en suite and walk-in closets; accommodations for two crew members are found aft, and a beach club is optional.
Contemporary style lines, versatility of space, and well planned interior and exterior entertaining areas are at the heart of this latest design. The smaller sister to the successful FD85 motoryacht, the brand new Horizon FD80 Skyline maximizes interior volume with unique floor-to-ceiling glass sections that invite plenty of natural light and spectacular views into the salon, dining area, and on-deck master stateroom.
Offering a five-stateroom layout with an enclosed skylounge on the upper deck, the new FD87 Skyline incorporates superyacht amenities into its voluminous design. Within the 23’ 3” beam, guests are welcomed into the light and airy main deck salon, highlighted by oak woodwork and featuring an ingenious convertible dining table that easily folds up into a breakfast bar when formal dining is not needed.
As Horizon looks to the future, the entrepreneurial spirit that inspired founder John Lu’s boatbuilding dream remains the defining force behind the company – a yacht builder whose disruptive innovation is backed by success that yields yachts in their most beautiful form.