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Labour of love

After almost nine years of development, the Horizon V67 motor yacht is poised for launch.

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Designed in collaboration with Jonathan Quinn Barnett (JQB), the Taiwanese shipyard’s new model is an entry-level offering for owner-operators.

The Horizon V67 is the third model in the V series, which incorporates the V72 and V80 motor yachts. A concept nearly nine years in the making, the V67 was developed as an answer to the question: “What is the largest vessel two people, or perhaps a small family, could use to comfortably and safely discover the world of yachting?”

In project development the Horizon/JQB team considered three main objectives: safety, solid architecture, and a level of customisation more commonly found with superyacht projects.

The V67 is immediately striking in appearance thanks to an unusual plumb bow design. The adoption of the plumb bow was the critical element that formed the basis of the V67’s design, according to the project’s naval architect, Christian Stimson of Stimson Yachts.

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The vertical bow allows for a longer waterline, which in turn permits a generous beam and reduces drag at lower displacement speeds. The larger beam not only makes for greater stability and a more spacious interior, but also allows the team to increase headroom without affecting the yacht’s low profile.

“As a result, the V67 is not your average plumb bow vessel,” Stimson maintains, “so much as a ‘best in class’ experience.”

This ‘solid architecture’ is testament to what JQB calls “honesty in design”, meaning that there are no visual tricks employed to make the boat appear larger than it is. Instead, the V67 boasts the ingenious placement of large yacht features but on a manageable owner-operator scale.

Excellent visibility and sturdy two inch stainless steel handrails underscore the attention given to safety, which is at the forefront of owner-operators’ requirements.

As for customisation, Horizon offers owners a choice between at least two major layout options for each deck, a personal touch rare to behold in entry-level offerings. The V67 offers a three or four-cabin layout with a private, spacious master suite located midships, incorporating a walk-in closet and vanity. Optional crew quarters can be situated aft.

On the main deck, the design emphasises unobstructed views to enhance the feeling of spaciousness with an open salon that flows into a large joined galley and country kitchen; the main deck can also be configured with a country kitchen or lower helm forward. The open flybridge, which is the standard configuration for this model, features a bar with dinette seating under the hard top while a spacious sunbathing and dining area is found further forward on the bow. The flybridge can be enclosed with a dayhead added if desired, and removable seating with table and chairs can be added to the boat deck.

Hull One of the new V67, destined for US inventory with Horizon Yacht USA, features the galley/country kitchen, three-stateroom, and open flybridge configuration suitable for the global market; she is expected to launch in February 2018.

“We are very proud of the new V67 model,” Horizon CEO John Lu said. “This motor yacht retains Horizon’s signature quality inside and out. There are not many true yachts available in the 60 to 70 foot range for clients looking to upgrade from 40 or 50 feet; most of the offerings in this size range are for weekend or day boats not meant for long-term cruising.”

Ideal for first or second-time buyers, families and owner-operators, the V67 has a shallow draft of less than 1.4 metres and offers extended cruising capabilities via twin Caterpillar C18 ACERTs of 1136bhp each.

hmya.com.au

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