11 August 2022
Horizon Yacht Australia showcased the new Fast Displacement (FD) 80 Skyline at the 2022 Sydney International Boat Show (SIBS), with the Horizon Australia Team overwhelmed by positive response to the mini superyacht.
During the show, the FD80 on display was sold, plus two new custom-built FD80s, including a Horizon FD80 Skyline which will be built to AMSA 2C Survey, giving the client the opportunity for a charter business.
This will be the third Horizon Yacht the Horizon Yard in Taiwan has built to AMSA survey for Australian clients. The first Horizon FD90 Skyline built to AMSA 2C survey will arrive in Australia in a matter of weeks.
“The FD Series and vessels built to survey has dominated the enquiry over the past 18 months, and the Horizon Yard were quick to answer the calls for the demand in the Australian market which is why Horizon is continuing to take over the Luxury Motor Yacht market in Australia,” said Horizon Yacht Australia Director, Mark Western.
The FD80 is known for its contemporary style lines, versatile use of space and well-planned interior and exterior areas.
Specified for the Australian market, the latest FD80 that was on display during SIBS features a four-stateroom layout and many notable contemporary interior design features.
The new FD80 Skyline offers all the signature elements of this mid-size high-volume model, including expansive floor-to-ceiling glass on the main deck, spacious accommodations, a fully equipped beach club and vast deck areas.
Uniquely, this is the first FD80 to offer an open galley design, which further enhances the feeling of spaciousness that the FD Series design affords.
Sliding doors from the aft deck – equipped with a dining table for eight and fold-down television – lead into the open main saloon.
The saloon features a dayhead aft to port, large L-shaped sofa and seating area opposite a 55-inch fold-down television and entertainment centre, plus a convertible breakfast bar/dining table forward on the starboard side.
The interior spaces boast a contemporary yet cosy ambience, with satin water-bleached walnut and dyed Koto as the main woods and brushed, dark-bronze metallic inlays as accents.
Horizon’s in-house design centre describes the design concept as “charcoal in snow”, where modern, hi-tech materials, such as a backlit silver metallic wall feature create accents reminiscent of a silver sky, clouds and snowflakes and a floating lighting design mimics the warm glow from candles or a fireplace.
The galley is open in its design and features a large island wrapped in Les Origines de Rex white stonework, conveying the concept of snowflakes, particularly in the saloon’s columns.
The stone is echoed in the galley backsplash and countertops and mimicked in a feature wall painting that climbs alongside the staircase to the enclosed skylounge above.
Thoughtful details such as an integrated, slide-out step stool in the galley cabinetry are featured throughout. A floor-to-ceiling cabinet offers a wine cooler on its lower half and liquor and glassware storage on its upper half.
Forward, the full-beam master stateroom is bathed in natural light from large windows as well as a skylight above the king-sized bed.
Here, the silver-white wood is paired with a textured soft wallpaper, creating a feeling of comfort, according to the design centre.
Dressed in cornerstone Brazil jade walls, the master ensuite features dual integrated sinks, a shower and a toilet area separated by a frosted glass partition.
Three additional staterooms are situated on the lower deck, comprised of forward and port VIPs and a convertible twin to starboard. A washer/dryer unit is housed in the foyer.
Quarters for four crew complete with a washer/dryer and crew mess are situated aft of the engine room, with access the beach club and swim platform.
The deck areas of the FD80 are yet another key aspect of this model’s key features. The foredeck area is complete with storage, awnings for shade and integrated speakers in the sun pad.
On the uppermost deck, a wheelhouse with three helm chairs is enclosed, while the semi-enclosed skylounge extends aft to the boat deck for a complete alfresco entertaining experience.
This area features dining and lounging, a bar with three stools and a teppanyaki grill, plus a large jacuzzi with a bar counter and additional bar stools. Additional space for tender storage is found furthest aft.