Taiwanese boatbuilder Horizon Yachts is building its fourth Horizon yacht for a repeat client.
The Horizon Custom Collection (CC) 98 is for an Australian owner whose three other yachts were a Horizon CC80, an E84 and an E88. The owner has requested specific details drawn from the best aspects of these previous vessels, including accommodation for a helicopter and a submarine, and an exterior style similar to the Horizon E Series yachts.
He also liked the interior space and natural light afforded by the FD Series and approached the yard with a request for a combination of both. The new CC98 will therefore boast a unique exterior profile, with expansive windows and a spacious interior within a 24ft beam.
To accommodate a touch-and-go helipad, the entire superstructure of the new vessel will be constructed of carbon fiber composite, which not only guarantees strength and structural integrity for the helipad but also considers hull performance and efficiency by significantly reducing the weight of the upper decks.
To accommodate either a submarine or a large inflatable (up to 24ft LOA) on the boat deck, the enclosed skylounge will be positioned an additional 6ft forward. 4-tonne and 1.5-tonne lifting cranes will be incorporated to manage the launch and retrieval of such large pieces of equipment. This yacht also features a telescoping mast and radar arch to navigate the low bridges in Australia.
The interior will have five staterooms including a full-beam, on-deck master suite. A large galley area is positioned aft on the main deck to facilitate dining either on the aft deck or at the interior dining table. Relaxation and entertaining areas are found throughout and the foredeck has been designed to accommodate a jacuzzi and large sunpad.
Great consideration was given to the engine selection so as to accommodate long-range and efficient cruising. With this in mind, commercial-grade 10V 2000 series MTU engines have been chosen. The ZF trailing gearboxes are designed for full redundancy and to enable the ability to run on one motor, which reduces fuel burn and engine hours. Lithium-ion battery packs will also be installed to offset the house functions such as air conditioning and general electricity. The fuel capacity has also substantially increased to 6,500 US gals (24,600l).
The new Horizon CC98 is on schedule to deliver to her owner in early 2021.