The Horizon PC58 made its world debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and proved to be a great success story with several orders following its first appearance. This surprising 58-footer, part of Horizon’s new power catamaran series, has the volume of a boat twice its length and is easily handled by a couple of experienced boaters.
Photos Dana Jinkins
A mini-superyacht, this 58-foot catamaran certainly fits the bill for Alec and Barbara Hammond, a lively retired couple from the UK, who ordered hull No. One. “Space and grace. Those are two words that sum up our new boat,” said Alec Hammond when we met him aboard his new yacht.
The Hammonds have had larger yachts, but at this juncture in their life, they take pleasure in being hands-on and do not wish to have crew. They love to have family and friends visit and with its 24-foot, 6-inch beam, the boat feels enormous. The main deck features a generous main salon with a raised sofa, lounging area, a country-kitchen galley and a bar with four bar stools, plus a study/desk aft. There is no need for an indoor dining table as there are dining areas on the aft main deck and on the flybridge. The galley boasts a full-height refrigerator, oven, cooktop, convection and microwave ovens, and a wine cooler. No roughing it here.
The big-ticket item, however, may be the ondeck master cabin. Located forward, it has a 180-degree view through panoramic raked windows, coated (as all windows on the boat are) with a sheet of clear reflective material called V-Cool. This treatment helps protect the inside from damaging UV rays and cuts down on heat. The master bathroom is also noteworthy. The owners dubbed an elliptical backlit piece of marble that looks like artwork in the shower, the “surfboard”.
There are two additional ample guest cabins. The VIP, with its queen-size berth, is positioned athwartships in the starboard hull and is bright with two large windows and a skylight that doubles as escape hatch. The third cabin is located in the portside hull and features good-size twin beds. All cabins have ample storage and closet space that accommodate a dinner jacket and long dress if the occasion arises.
In addition to being a spacious and easy boat, it is also a very comfortable vessel on the sea. Naval architect Lavranos Marine Design of Auckland, New Zealand, developed the tank-tested hulls. They are highly efficient and their wide footing ensures excellent sea keeping. Horizon Yacht’s in-house engineers and naval architects designed the yacht’s structural, electrical and general systems. The Powercat Company teamed up with Horizon to perfect the new line of power cats for the US market.
The PC58, like all composite boats built at Horizon, uses the patented Seeman Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process (SCRIMP) system for sturdy construction and lighter weight. For easy handling, the boat incorporates a ZF joystick maneuvering system plus ZF Marine’s fly-by-wire steering system. It cruises at a respectable 18 knots and has a slow-speed range of about 800 miles. This boat offers far lower annual running costs than most boats of this size. While maximum speed is 23 knots, the Hammonds are not too concerned about getting anywhere in a hurry. They are more interested in meandering and “smelling the coffee.” ■
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LOA: 59ft. 9in. (18.22m)
LWL: 53ft. 8in. (15.24m)
Beam: 24ft. 6in. (7.47m)
Draft: 4ft. 5in. (1.35m)
Hull material: Fiberglass
Engines: 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600 hp
Fuel: 1,000 gal. (3,800L)
Fresh water: 400 gal. (1,500L)
AC: 80,000 BTU 500-watt solar panels on the hard top
Builder: Horizon, Taiwan
Contact: Horizon Yachts Inc, 561-721-4850, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit horizonyacht.com