Blog | Luxury Yachts: Pacific Mariner 85 vs. Horizon E 88

February 22, 2012

Luxury Yachts: Pacific Mariner 85 vs. Horizon E 88

Luxury Yacht Insight

In the world of downsizing we are finding many of our large yacht customers looking for something in the 80 – 90 foot range. Twenty years ago a yacht of this length would be considered substantial, but with modern materials and builders pushing the boundaries of length and construction techniques a yacht of this size is much more manageable then it was in the past.

These two boats offer exceptional space and amenities, on par with their larger siblings, at a significant savings in operating costs. In today’s economy buyers are looking for value and both of these yachts provide it in spades.

The Pacific Mariner 85 was redesigned from the cap rail up starting with hull number 15 in 2009. Westport started with the original Pacific Mariner hull adding a smart looking topside resulting in a up to date look that aligns itself with the rest of the Westport lineup. The Classic American style (mahogany or cherry) interior features a slightly raised pilothouse and galley arrangement.

Entering from the aft deck one will find a settee to port and popup TV console to starboard. Further forward you will find the formal dining area as well as the dedicated stairs to the master stateroom. Continuing up three stairs one will locate the aforementioned galley and wheelhouse with the day head to starboard, in addition to the guest stateroom access. While light on available options, all Pacific Mariners are well equipped featuring dual generators, Naiad stabilizers, bow thruster, and a shore power converter. Upon completion in Washington State the yachts are outfitted with linens, tableware, electronics, fenders and lines and are delivered as truly turnkey yachts.

Our captains that have run these boats comment on how well they are built and their great rides.

The most recent Horizon E 88 impressed us with her semicustom touches and gorgeous American walnut interior. Upon boarding it was immediately clear that the new Horizon’s coming out Kaohsiung, Taiwan are head and shoulders above her predecessors. Entering the Horizon 88 from the aft deck you will find marble floors and a day head immediately to starboard, a feature that will come in handy for water sports days.

The main deck follows the same layout as the Pacific Mariner, but makes due without the small staircase leading into the galley. On the open bridge models a lower helm station is optional, but on this enclosed bridge model the space is utilized by a small dining area overlooking the galley. The upstairs enclosed sky lounge has the helm station forward and a comfy settee and coffee table. The sky lounge’s optional day head is one of many available custom features.

These two yachts share a surprising number of details. Both feature full walk around decks, 4 staterooms, with three guest rooms having queen size beds or larger. They both have the capability to carry 3 crew, but with the right set up could be run with one or two. The Horizon’s LOA is 89’4” vs. the Pacific Mariner’s 85’ with the Pacific Mariner being 2” wider at 21’3”. The Horizon draws 6’3” vs. the Pacific Mariners exceptionally skinny 5’.

The Horizon features an additional 375 gallons of fuel and 75 gallons of water, helping to cover more ground. The Pacific Mariner’s MTU 10v2000s push her to a 22 knot cruise easily exceeding the Horizon’s 20 knots. This advantage could be narrowed if you were to build the Horizon with the optional 1800 HP C32 Caterpillars. Even the asking prices are close, the Pacific Mariner 85 comes in a 6.5m USD with the Horizon E88 coming in a 6.2m USD.

Which one is right for you?

We feel the Horizon 88 with the optional enclosed bridge is perfect for the owner who wants to travel extensively, but still requires a good cruising speed.

The extensive list of options will allow the traveling yachtsman to tweak it to their hearts content. The Pacific Mariner makes a great boat for the owner who likes to take the hands on approach.

While her range is a little less than the Horizon, we feel that the increased speed and significantly less draft makes for a great boat to run the coast and for cruising the Bahamas. Owner operators and shorthanded crews will really enjoy having the galley so close to the bridge!

As we come out of these economic doldrums we are finding that yachtsman are getting excited about getting back on the water. Whether you are moving up in size or scaling back, either of these yachts will make a fine addition to your fleet.

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