Horizon Yachts launched a custom FD90 motoryacht for repeat American customers. This voluminous build features a unique three-stateroom layout with a country-kitchen configuration and numerous customizations to suit the owners’ – as well as their dogs’ – cruising preferences. When the experienced owner of an enclosed bridge Horizon E88 decided it was time to upgrade, the Fast Displacement (FD) Series caught his eye. This particular owner has a strong technical and space planning background and often brainstorms with Horizon’s R&D department, so he approached the yard directly to design and build a yacht based on the FD Series’ voluminous profile and hull form that would suit his family’s onboard lifestyle.
The owners specified a three-stateroom yacht with an enclosed bridge and requested that the staterooms be situated on the lower deck so as to free up the entire main deck for entertaining. At the stern, a spacious aft deck welcomes visitors with a hi/lo table, freestanding furniture and a wet bar with a fold-down television and leads through sliding glass doors into the main salon, which encompasses the yacht’s 23ft 3in beam. A large L-shaped sofa and coffee table are opposite a dayhead and loveseat in the aft area of the main salon. A half wall divides the seating area from a semi-formal dining area and expandable table that is situated to starboard. A custom liquor cabinet is situated to port under the full-height windows, through which light is filtered by pirouette blinds. Light maple and walnut woods set the tone for casual elegance throughout.
The most dramatic departure from the standard FD Series main deck layout is found forward, where the owners specified a large galley/country kitchen configuration in the space normally accommodating an on-deck master stateroom. Just forward of the semi-formal dining area, the fully equipped galley is positioned to starboard, opposite a laminated glass wall that separates the floating staircase leading up to the skylounge and down to the lower deck. The country kitchen area features a built-in dinette and working desk overlooked by a skylight with motorized blinds. A custom walk-in pantry occupies the forwardmost space, punctuating a truly expansive gastronomic environment. Throughout the yacht, accommodations have also been made for the owners’ dogs, such as a special window sill ledge in the dinette area to allow the little pups to enjoy their favorite pastimes of watching the world go by.
On the lower deck, the owners specified three large staterooms including a VIP to starboard and another forward. The full-beam master suite is situated amidships and features two extra-large walk-in closets.
The crew area is situated aft of the engine room and accommodates up to four crew members.
In place of the typical beach club, the owners opted instead for additional storage for the aft deck and swim platform.
On the upper deck, the pilothouse and enclosed skylounge features dual helm chairs, a fixed L-shaped settee and hi/lo sliding table top dinette and a dayhead. Shaded by the radar arch, which the owners had fitted with a glass skylight, an exterior L-shaped settee and dinette is situated to starboard while a bar with fixed stools is found to port.
On the foredeck, a large sun pad accompanies a Jacuzzi and built-in settee and dinette. Barrier protection was incorporated on the port side of the bow deck for the dogs to safely run around the sea breeze. Webasto bug screens and blinds provide protection to the al fresco areas on the upper deck, so the owners can enjoy their preferred cruising grounds in the Caribbean and along the East Coast in comfort.
“Horizon’s willingness to modify their design is limited only by your imagination and your pocketbook,” says the owner. “We tried to keep all the things we liked about our Horizon E88 while incorporating the greater volume of the FD87. Although the on-deck stateroom is a staple of the FD87, we were used to having two walk-in closets in the master so we choose to keep the master midship. As we only need three staterooms, that left the forward area of the main deck available for a different purpose. In keeping with the more informal use of our vessel, the country kitchen was a logical step with room left over for a desk with computer station. With much of the deckhouse in glass on the FD87, storage is reduced from our E88 so the walk-in pantry across the full beam of the forward bulkhead was a natural evolution. Our dogs also played into the design and Horizon made numerous modifications to keep them safe aboard while cruising. We all look forward to many adventures aboard our new FD.”
Powered by dual CAT engines of 1,136hp each, this custom FD90 holds 3,480 U.S. gallons of fuel. She is on schedule to deliver to her owners in early November 2020.