16 March 2023
The multi-million-dollar deal is the largest in the brand’s history in Australia, and the vessel will be the second Horizon for her owners who previously owned an RP100.
According to Mark Western, Director at Horizon Yacht Australia, the seasoned owner, who is from a well-known boating family, was looking for a larger, ocean-going vessel for his family to enjoy.
“He really enjoyed the offshore performance and ability the Horizon has to travel further while still having a sleek profile and the level of customisation,” he said.
“There are many custom features on the RP125. The owner has built many boats before including a 40-metre multihull. We worked with him to design the interior package here locally, combining traditional elements such as rich timbers with contemporary styling and decor.”
With travel restrictions lifted, the owner was able to visit the Horizon factory in Kaohsiung, Taiwan late last year and again in early March for final inspection and sea trials.
“He was very impressed with his new boat, with the factory and John Lu, who spent a lot of time with him.
“Our client tells us he’s over the moon with the service and detail from the shipyard and the local team here in Australia. Every decision has been made based on his word and a hand shake, and he has stayed true to his word every step of the way, which is exceedingly rare these days.”
Tony Jones, Sales Manager at Horizon Yacht Australia who was instrumental in the sale said the owner was thrilled with the finished product. “It’s nice to see an owner so excited about their new boat – it was his gift to himself after a long and illustrious career.
“He intends on spending considerable time aboard, travelling the east coast, around to the Kimberleys, as well as Far North Queensland and Cape York, and further on to Vanuatu and the South Pacific.
“It’s a true global roaming superyacht with a 37,000-litre fuel capacity, so there’s no limit to where they can go.”
The new boat will head to Moreton Bay for its shakedown cruise during April with the family and three full-time crew on board.
The Australian team has six Horizon motor yachts in build in Taiwan for delivery this year and they’re looking forward to exhibiting for the first time at the Auckland Boat Show, 23 to 26 March presenting the new Horizon E75, as well as having a massive presence at the 2023 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 25 to 28 May.
“SCIBS is our home show, and we plan to dominate,” said Tony, referring to the impressive line-up of vessels 80-foot and above planned for this year.
“We will host the V74 southern hemisphere release, which is the first showing outside the US, two FD80s, the FD90 Skyline and the new RP125 Horizon Superyacht.”
Also on the calendar is the Horizon Rendezvous in November 2023, which has already attracted larger numbers than last year, and ahead in 2024, the return of Horizon Open House, welcoming Horizon owners from around the world to the Taiwan headquarters for a week of informative and social activities.
“Horizon is going from strength to strength in Australia and in all global markets,” said Mark Western. “Production at Horizon is going from strength to strength and is booked well into next year – with so much investment in R&D, there’s plenty of innovation to look forward to.”