A repeat Horizon yacht owner has ordered their latest yacht – a Horizon Custom Collection (CC) 98. This is the fourth Horizon vessel for the experienced Australian owner who requested specific – and somewhat challenging – details drawn from the best aspects of previous vessels, including accommodation for a helicopter as well as a submarine.
An adventurous yachtsman who enjoys cruising to remote locations, the owner – having previously owned a CC80, an E84 and an E88 – requested that the new yacht feature 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.
To accommodate a touch-and-go helipad, the entire superstructure of this new vessel will be constructed of carbon-fibre composite, which not only promises 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 on the boat deck, the enclosed skylounge will be positioned forward an additional six feet. This yacht also features a telescoping mast and radar arch to navigate the low bridges in Australia.
Within the spacious interior, guests will be accommodated in 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 running 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 24,600 litres.
The boat is currently under construction and on schedule to deliver to her owner in early 2021.