The team at 26 North Yachts is always eager to hear news coming from Kaohsiung, Taiwan-based Horizon Yachts, a mainstay on our Top 10 Yachting Manufacturers List. We’ve been to the factory, we know the quality and the great people behind the product. One major news item is the launch of the first hull of the Horizon V80, THE ONE. Earlier this year, we wrote about Horizon’s additions of the V72 and bigger sister V80 cockpit motoryachts to their luxury yacht collection. We noted that new “classically modern” industry trends are reflected in both models, like larger ports to allow more light inside and a foredeck lounge area with U-shaped settee and dual sunpads. While the V series is built to accommodate crew in separate quarters, the vessels are easily operable by an owner / operator, and the crew cabins can then accommodate more guests. Turnkey and convenience are definite benefits to choosing Horizon.
THE ONE’s Taiwanese owner collaborated heavily with Horizon on the build—complete with mahjong game area—which is an expanded version of the V74 model. It is this owner’s first yacht, and no doubt he was impressed with Horizon’s track record, repeat buyers, quality, reliability, customization and after-sales service. The V80 boasts large interior volume and three ensuite staterooms below, including an oversized master. THE ONE’s galley is actually belowdecks aft of the engine room where normal crew quarters would be to allow more living space and openness on the main deck. Hence, there are no crew quarters in this configuration.
The engine room on THE ONE features twin MAN V12 1,360hp engines for cruising speeds of 20.6 knots and maximum speeds of 24.2 knots. The beam of 20’6” allows for quite a bit of comfortable movement on board. Options for future V80s include open or enclosed fly bridge, Bimini top over the foredeck and your choice to install solar panels on the roof. The owner, envisioning family, friends and business-related guests on board, plans on cruising the waters around Taiwan before setting off for Japan’s Ishigaki Island, Hong Kong and Hainan Island in China.
Horizon also recently announced that they would debut E88 MISSING CARD III at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She was one of four Horizon E88s sold in the U.S. over the summer. Intended to be an inventory vessel for Horizon Yacht USA, she was snatched up at the end of the build. She’s the first Horizon E88 motoryacht in the U.S. market to feature a beach club aft. Her three staterooms include a luxurious master. A seating area and bar on the aft flybridge come as options as well as a desk in the pilothouse.
Finally, Horizon announced completion of the third (and latest) RP110 raised pilothouse motoryacht. She’s in dry dock for testing and will be released to reach Australia in December. Designs by JC Espinosa and naval architecture by Donald L. Blount combine into a quality vessel through and through. A year ago, we posted a blog on the E88 and the RP110 which gives a little more in depth coverage of both of these vessels.
Taiwan-based Horizon is 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.