26 North Yachts Among This Year’s “Inc. 5000” Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Learn More

Blog | First Horizon FD85 Yacht Nears Completion

March 17, 2016

First Horizon FD85 Yacht Nears Completion

Horizon Yachts ground breaking new hull design – – the FD85 is nearing completion. The FD85 represents something completely different from the leading Taiwanese yacht builder.

Horizon Yachts unveiled the FD85 design in 2015, and it has been eagerly awaited by brokers, yachting aficionados, and the press alike. Announced as the first model in a Fast Displacement (FD) series for the yacht maker, the FD85 was slated to debut in spring of this year, and by all current accounts it appears that Horizon will meet that timeframe.

According to the builder, construction is moving along well, and the 85Ft motor yacht is about 90% completed.

This first hull in the series is able to sleep up to ten guests, sporting a well-appointed master suite and four double cabins on the lower deck.

As we have noted in previous reports about Horizon Yachts, and as we saw firsthand during our recent visit to their shipyards, the yacht builder prides itself on customization.

So, we expect that other cabin configurations will be available for future hulls in the FD series.


Unique Features of the FD85

The master suite is a full beam design featuring expansive windows sculpted by Dutch designer Cor D. Rover.

Cor D. Rover was responsible for many of the unique design features of the FD85. In a company press release, John Lu, Horizon Yachts CEO, said, “Cor and his team were the perfect fit for collaborating with Horizon’s in-house teams, and together we have developed an advanced fast displacement yacht that blends cutting-edge design with truly usable living and entertaining spaces comparable to most 100-foot plus yachts.”

On most yachts in this size class, you will not find a lot of space devoted to the aft main deck. But, this area is expansive on the FD85, accommodating large furniture pieces that can be easily be arranged to create a very comfortable spot to overlook the transom, or even to dine “al-fresco” if desired.

The sundeck is also fairly spacious, once the tenders go into the water. The deck can then be transformed into a relaxing oasis with enough chaise lounges to accommodate just about everyone aboard.

Horizon FD85 Hull Tank Test


Just forward of this area is the true al-fresco dining area fully decked-out to host all ten guests. “For the new Horizon FD85, we specifically chose to focus on a hull form that affords flexible cruise speeds without compromising performance,” said Lu. “We also wanted this new model to incorporate modern exterior styling, tremendous interior volume, and innovative features.”

Other Offerings From Horizon Yachts

As motor yacht dealers who have come to know and respect Horizon yachts, we are very excited to follow the availability of the FD85, and other yachts in the series.

But unless you have your heart set on the Fast Displacement design (and there are many reasons that you may!) you do not have to wait for the FDs to become available to experience the unique craftsmanship and quality of Horizon Yachts.

We are currently accepting offers on Horizon E84, and the E88. We also have other “on spec” Horizon models available such as a 97 Ft, RP97, as well as several high-quality pre-owned Horizon Yachts available.

The Horizon RP97

The Horizon RP97


It’s not always easy to stay on top of what’s new in motor yachts. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.

Talk to usContactOur Team 

Sign up forYoga On the DocksTuesdays at 8 AM