Although she launched in 2013, the new Horizon RP105 AGORA was recently christened by her pleased Japanese owners who were very involved in the design process. This was their second Horizon—their first was a 2010 Horizon E78. Based on the Horizon RP97 model, AGORA was extended to 105’ due to the owners’ desire to be able to leave the intensity of Japan behind for time with friends, family and business partners on board in a luxurious environment. In addition to Horizon’s in-house design team, the owners engaged the well-known interior design services of Luca Dini to showcase Italian design. The result is the use of highly-textured materials and a variety of colors which create a clean, bright, modern feel. The owner was also very particular about sound insulation in the interior areas. This is the first Horizon luxury motoryacht built to Rina certification.
Moving from the main aft deck, one enters a spacious main salon with fine furnishings, formal dining area with seating for eight and a wine cupboard and amply-outfitted galley to port. In addition to various tables and chairs, a functional Minotti sofa can maneuver to create different seating arrangements. Ample storage is provided throughout. A convenient day head is placed forward via a companionway that also provides access to the on-deck master and stairwells to the pilothouse and guest staterooms.
The raised pilothouse features a custom helm station forward with leather chart table to starboard and dinette to port and reflects the yacht’s modern décor. In this model, the flybridge is enclosed into an inviting skylounge, incorporating warm, butter-colored furnishings and blue accents. Many other features make the aft bridge deck a great spot to entertain, like wet bar, day head and outdoor dinette.
Four well-appointed cabins provide comfortable accommodations for those on board. They include a full-beam, split-level master stateroom on the main deck with an upper level ensuite head bedecked in marble. Views are dramatic and bright from the king-sized bed outfitted with a custom leather headboard. Duck down to the lower deck, and there are three en-suite cabins for guests—a queen-sized VIP with custom sofa, hanging lockers and vanity and two, mirrored twin guest cabins aft. Crew areas include three cabins and sizable crew mess, aft of the easily-accessed engines.
AGORA was constructed in composite and is powered by twin CAT C32 1900 HP diesels. She’ll top out at 22.5 knots and cruise best at 17 knots. Her beam is almost 22 feet.
The christening in Hiroshima followed the tradition of the Japanese Shinto ceremony called “shinsuishiki”. The owners’ family and friends were present as well as Horizon Group CEO John Lu and interior designer Luca Dini.
Taiwan-based Horizon is on 26 North Yachts’ Top 10 List, quickly becoming recognized for its high-tech manufacturing process. Horizon was founded in 1987 by John Lu who desired to create the ultimate dream yachts for discerning clients. In 1993, he entered the luxury megayacht market. Horizon boasts high quality, semi-custom yachts from its state-of-the-art facility.