On our recent trip to Taiwanese motor yacht builder Horizon Yachts, my team and I were particularly impressed with their use of the latest in computerized design techniques. Newly under construction in that same shipyard is a motor yacht equally futuristic – the FD85.
With a design and lines that could just as easily say “starship” as they could luxury yacht, the FD85 is no work of fiction, nor was it built to travel at warp speeds, but speed did factor into the design.
The engineers with Horizon found that owners of large yachts like to travel fast, but not too fast, with the average comfortable cruising speed around 12-15 knots. The typical 24 meter displacement type hull on most heavy yachts was not designed for optimal travel at those speeds.
This prompted the engineers at Horizon to design what they call a “fast displacement hull.” The unique design allows bigger heavier boats to cruise comfortably at speeds around 18 knots. It also allowed designers to experiment with some interesting and very futuristic hull shapes. The FD series is the first to use the new design.
Other Features of the FD85
In addition to the low-resistance, ultramodern shape of the hull, the main features the discriminating yacht buyer can expect on this soon-to-be revealed model are:
- A 40 square meter multi-purpose area on the aft decks
- A 54 square meter multi-purpose area on the upper and sundecks
- An aft deck salon/dinning are with a fantastic “open view”
- A Master cabin at main deck level with breathtaking panoramic views, that at the same time provides complete privacy for the yacht owner
- 4 forward VIP cabins
- A raised pilothouse to provide further privacy for the owner and guests
And, as with all Horizon Yachts, you can expect customization to your specifications wherever possible.
The FD85 Hull is Released from the Mold
The construction of the FD85 is well under way, and Horizon expects it will be rolled out for the media by spring 2016. The first hull was released from the molds in July, and the superstructure is also already in place.
More Horizon Inventory
You do not have to wait for the FD85 to be completed to experience the craftsmanship and superiority of a Horizon yacht. At 26 North Yachts we are currently accepting offers on the brand new Horizon E84, as well as the E88. We have several high-quality pre-owned Horizon Yachts available, such as the 110 ft. “Serenity I”, or the 82 foot “Our Way,” which is currently on a price reduction.
We have many Horizon Yachts available, as well as motor yachts from other quality shipyards from Asia and all over the world. Our goal is to match you with the motor yacht that is right for you, so you can enjoy everything there is about the unique experience of luxury motor yacht ownership.