The first unit of the new FD87 Skyline features blue hull and contrasting white superstructure with an enclosed bridge as well as Horizon’s new high performance piercing bow. The Taiwan-based shipyard has also announced that a 37m model FD122 is in the drawing board.
Horizon Yachts in Taiwan, has announced the addition of a new 27m to its Fast Displacement (FD) series. With new model FD87 Skyline, the shipyard’s FD line now comprises four models ranging from 22m-31m, including models FD74, FD85 and FD102. Horizon has also announced that a 37m model FD122 is in the drawing board.
Commenting on the new model, Horizon CEO John Lu, says: “The evolution of this enclosed bridge FD87 and the speed with which it all came together represents a true partnership between the client, the architect and the shipyard.
“Horizon’s new high performance piercing bow coupled with an enclosed bridge and collaborative design between Cor D. Rover and the Horizon Yachts team leaves nothing to be desired in both form and function,” he adds.
High performance piercing bow
Horizon Yachts has said that its new high performance piercing bow (HPPB) features hydrodynamic improvements in both tank and CFD testing.
“While alternative bow designs that feature protrusions work more efficiently at either high or slower speeds, the HPPB brings both efficiency at slower speeds and performance at higher speeds,” the shipyard says in a statement.
The FD87 Skyline will be fitted with stabilizers, CAT C18s of 1136hp each, and a 3,480 gallon fuel capacity that will yield a nearly 2,000nm range at nine knots.
Cor D. Rover, who designed the Fast Displacement series in partnership with Horizon’s in-house naval architecture team, returned to the drawing board to collaborate with the team on the design for the FD87 Skyline.
The first unit features blue hull and contrasting white superstructure with an enclosed bridge as well as Horizon’s new high performance piercing bow. (HPPB).
The shipyard says the new FD87 Skyline retains many of the FD85’s unique features, including an expansive 7.07m beam, spacious on-deck master with four further guest staterooms and two crew cabins on the lower deck, and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon and dining areas inviting an abundance of natural light within the interior.
In place of the raised pilothouse found on the FD85, the FD87 Skyline boasts a fully enclosed bridge with access to a Portuguese walkway leading forward to the bow and an inviting seating area.
The enclosed bridge provides additional indoor entertaining and lounging areas while allowing for an extended boating season in colder climates. The FD87 Skyline also features a spacious beach club and swim platform aft.
Founded in 1987, Horizon Yachts has delivered over 780 yachts, with more than 190 of these over 24m (80ft). The brand’s portfolio comprises motoryachts, catamaran, explorer yachts and fast displacement craft ranging from15m-45m (52ft-150ft).