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August 20, 2013

New Luxury Yachts: Horizon Yachts 120 vs Ocean Alexander Yachts 120

How does Horizon fare against Ocean Alexander?

The Horizon 120 RPH and 120 Ocean Alexander are fresh designs currently being built with big boat features in tidy 120 foot packages. Featuring on-deck masters, tender garages, and economical fuel burns these two yachts are their respective builders answer to the their customers’ demands of increased space and efficient operating costs. While the yachts share many similar features, they are still very different yachts.

Don’t forget to read our latest Horizon Yachts Spotlight which provides an in depth review of over 24 Horizon Yachts for sale, including the Horizon 120, Horizon Raised Pilothouse 110, and Horizon E88.
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Horizon Yachts 120

The Horizon 120 series was launched in 2004 with a focus on the worldwide market with units going to Australia, China, Europe and the USA. The current build is scheduled to launch this fall and is available for purchase. Her 120’ length overall has a 26’2” beam, draft of 6’8”, and a light displacement of 153 tons not including her 8000 gallons of fuel and 800 gallons of water. Twin MTU 16V2000 M93s with 2400 hp push her to a cruise speed of 18 knots. While Horizon Yachts is considered a semi-custom builder we like to call them the “Custom Semi-Custom” yacht builder as they are willing to make any changes necessary to please their customers. Built with a European flare in Horizon’s shipyard in Taiwan, her raised pilot house is a great place to spend time underway. If you are not fortunate enough to be sitting in the Stidd helm seat you will find yourself quite comfortable in one of two massive settees behind the helm station. If you enjoy outdoor cruising head upstairs to the fly-bridge. The outdoor space is greatly increased on these yachts due to the tender garage, however one can still carry up to three wave runners on this deck. There is plenty of covered lounge space with comfortable settees aplenty. Heading down to this Horizon’s main deck one is immediately drawn to the openness afforded by the large windows in the main salon and dining area. Forward to port you will find the galley, a workspace that any chef would be proud to call their own. Past the day head one enters the on-deck master. Featuring a king sized bed, large bathroom and optional desk, nights aboard will melt away. Descending the stairs to the guest area the beam of this 120 footer is immediately apparent. Two queen and two twin staterooms, with the beds positioned athwartships will make all of one’s guests feel like VIPs.

120 Ocean Alexander Yacht

Ocean Alexander’s first 120’ yacht is nearing completion in Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington. If you know Ocean Alexander, you are aware that their headquarters in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has been producing yachts since the late 1970’s. So why build in Washington State with another shipyard? Christensen has been building large fiberglass yachts since the early 1990s, has experience with big boat systems and is closer to the marketplace than Ocean Alexander’s Asian yards. Add together the buying power of two large manufactures, in addition to the 1.5% import duty savings and you have the recipe for a leading edge business model.

Historically, Ocean Alexander yachts were Ed Monk Jr. designs, but this time Ocean Alexander hired Evan K Marshall for the exterior and interior designs of all of the Mega Yacht builds. This 120 Ocean Alexander yacht’s interior features black walnut and maple, with an on-deck master and four staterooms below-decks. The commercial style pilot house features a seating area forward of the helm station allowing guests unobstructed forward views as well as a pop up flat screen TV for when the vessel is moored. Aft of the wheelhouse one will find a sky-lounge with a settee sitting area in addition to the wet bar with three bar stools. The main deck hosts the aforementioned master, spacious salon and formal dining area for ten.

The exterior feature one first notices are the vertical windows of the wheelhouse and master stateroom. These windows greatly reduce glare and actually increase wheelhouse space compared to their angled counterparts. The tri-deck’s sundeck will please the pickiest of yachtsman. Multiple chase lounges, chairs, and sun pads will accommodate all manners of sun worshipers, with the outdoor bar and Jacuzzi providing additional entertainment options. The deck below features a huge dining table protected from the elements as well as additional seating. While all Ocean Alexander 120’s have tender garages, there still is a davit on this deck allowing storage and launching capabilities for a 19 foot RIB.

The Ocean Alexander 120 has an overall length of 121.1’, draft of 6.5’, and beam of 25.2 feet. Her MTU 12V2000’S pusher her to an estimated cruise speed of 16 knots. The first 120 Ocean Alexander yacht will be completed in July. The 135 and 155 Megayachts will be ready for production over the coming months.

While it seems as if every builder has been introducing new 50m+ yachts ever year it is refreshing to see Horizon Yachts and Ocean Alexander Yachts building new models for today’s marketplace. While not the biggest yachts afloat these two vessels have the ability to cruise the shoal waters of the Bahamas and still turn heads in Saint Tropez.

In addition to these two yachts a buyer should consider Azimut Yachts 116, Westport Yachts 130, Benetti Yachts 120, Sunseeker Yachts 120, Heesen Yachts 122, Benetti Yachts 115, Westport Yachts 112, Burger Boats proposed 127′ yacht, Sunseeker Yachts 130, used Hargrave Yachts, used Delta 120 Yachts, used 124 Broward Yachts, as well as used Horizon 120s and used Ocean Alexander 120s once they become available.

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