The Taiwanese builder’s latest motoryacht combines buyer-proven cues from its smaller and larger stablemates.
Age-old questions have boggled the minds of great philosophers, including conundrums such as “Why did the chicken cross the road?” or “Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?” In the boating sphere, another cranium confounder has irked many: “When is a boat a yacht?” That question has been asked on docks, in bars and in yacht sales offices.
Many factors come to mind when considering if a floating palace is a boat or a yacht. Size, price, design, creature comforts, fit and finish, and even attitude (the owner’s and the yacht’s) may help determine a vessel’s rank. My feeling is that if someone steps aboard a vessel and feels like it’s a yacht, then so be it. And that feeling is overwhelming aboard the new Horizon Yachts E75 motoryacht. At 77 feet, 6 inches long, it is all yacht and then some. And the attitude thing? For someone with a bad one, the E75 is just what the doctor ordered for a bona fide attitude adjuster.
From the Top
The enclosed skylounge on the E75 is a fun place to be and to congregate. With an upper pilothouse that is large enough for all the necessary electronics but sufficiently compact that it doesn’t stretch from one side to the other and gobble up valuable real estate, it is one of the focal points of the yacht.
Housed in carbon fiber dash panels, the helm has room for three 17-inch multifunction displays in the console (Horizon installed a Garmin suite of electronics), two Caterpillar engine displays, ABT Trac bow and stern thruster and zero-speed stabilizer controls, two Onan 29 kw generator displays, and all the regular necessities such as a VHF, autopilot, wipers and ZF Marine throttle controls. All are within easy reach. Sit back in the dual Stidd leather helm chairs. The console has room for a chart area, and there’s a three-drawer cabinet to the left of the captain’s chair.
It’s not all business up here. To starboard is a large and plush L-shaped settee with a high-low table that drops and doubles as an extra berth. Enjoy the game on the 43-inch high-low LCD TV. And when nature calls, there’s a convenient day head to port.
Passengers won’t feel closed in thanks to large side windows that complement the three-pane forward windshield. Additionally, there are cool port and starboard flip-up windows that are sufficient to look out of during docking or when giving line handling instructions. Open the sliding aft door and flip up the large aft window, and the enclosed skylounge becomes an open-air hideaway.
Aft of the skylounge is the boat deck, another favorite attitude adjustment location. Here is a custom designed bar with three cushioned stools — perfect for that afternoon “It’s five o’clock somewhere” liquid attitude. Included in the bar area are a sink, a refrigerator, an ice-maker and a propane grill. Ringed with stainless steel rails, the deck has room for extra lounge chairs or water toy storage, thanks to an optional davit.
Let’s not forget about the main deck, where I’ll get right to the main event. The salon has a generous built-in leather couch and loveseat to starboard, a leather-finished coffee table and an armchair. To port are low-profile cabinets. From any vantage point, guests can see outside thanks to the big panoramic side windows — long, unobstructed windows of the kind one would expect on a larger yacht. I found myself immersed in the view of the sea while standing in the salon.
Semi-gloss Anigre wood with high-gloss walnut accents is the interior motif, and Horizon carries it throughout all the interior spaces. A corner crystal cabinet, a wine cabinet and cooler, and a 46-inch LCD TV fit out the salon.
Forward to starboard is the airy U-shaped galley. It’s open fore and aft, which adds to the unobstructed feeling and opens the sightlines from stem to stern. Silestone countertops provide plenty of working space. The yacht’s chef will find a Blanco double stainless sink, a Sub-Zero full-height refrigerator with freezer drawers, a U-Line ice-maker, and a GE appliance package that includes a dishwasher, a trash compactor, a microwave, a cooktop and an oven. Even though it may seem there’s enough upper and lower storage space, Horizon did one better. It designed the space under the staircase to the skylounge (across from the galley) as a pantry, with individual slide-out fiddled shelves with latches, countered to the angled staircase. Nice!
Complementing the open-air galley is a country kitchen dinette, nestled forward at the windshield. A U-shaped settee wraps around a wood table, and custom barstool seats are situated at the open end. Seating for six is comfortable.
The Great Outdoors
From a design aspect, attention needs to be given to the access points around the E75. Forward are two pantograph doors, port and starboard, that offer easy access from the dinette area to the sidedecks. They’re convenient for loading provisions and to reduce traffic traversing the salon. They give crew access points without interrupting guests.
In addition, there are two boarding gates on either side, fore and aft, for side-to docking. Portable gangways will make boarding a cinch. Dual staircases at the transom aid boarding from the swim platform, and access to the skylounge/bridge deck is via an internal or aft staircase.
The E75 has full walk-around decks, amply wide for normal walking, with recessed 316 stainless cleats, high gunwales and capped railings. Even around the bow area there’s a recessed grabrail.
All this leads to the fact that there are social areas around the E75 that must be utilized to get the full yacht feel. Forward is a large sunpad lounge high enough for occupants to take in the view while soaking in the sun. Just behind is a C-shaped settee with a dual-post table, perfect for alfresco dining or enjoying the vista. Pop-up lights add ambiance without being intrusive, and a Fusion Marine audio system delivers the tunes. A teak seat up in the bow turn offers a different perspective. A teak inlay covers the anchor gear, keeping it accessible without being a toe hazard.
The aft deck, which is completely covered thanks to the extended bridge deck, features a fully cushioned settee between the staircases and a large teak-inlaid table. A corner wet bar with a sink, a refrigerator, and an ice-maker, a drop-down TV and teak decking round out the aft deck.
The E75 motoryacht is made for cruising, and with that comes the need to stay on board. Horizon carries the main deck interior finish down and throughout the accommodation level. Accessible via a forward, backlit and carpeted staircase are the forward VIP, the side berth and the full-beam master suite.
In the VIP is a centerline queen berth, opening portholes, a locker and a 32-inch TV. A private en suite head has a basin sink and a separate shower stall. To starboard is a twin-berth setup with an en suite head. Horizon made it possible to slide one berth over, thereby creating a double sleeping area — in case there’s another couple aboard.
Horizon does not hold back in the master suite. The builder maximizes every nook and cranny to deliver the utmost in accommodations. Want hanging lockers, drawers and storage areas? No problem. There are deep closets and drawers seemingly everywhere. Relax on the leather loveseat or fall into the comfy king berth. A built-in flip-up vanity has a dedicated swing-out stool. The en suite head contains twin basin sinks, marble-finished counters, a toilet room and a shower stall. Large hull windows bring in the light and the view, eliminating that dungeon feel. All the staterooms are finished with Anigre and walnut wood, carpet and leather accents. The wood follows a natural grain flow, adding depth to the finish.
The E75 Motoryacht can be an owner/operator yacht, depending on one’s knowledge of systems and operational skill. Or it can be crewed, and Horizon considered that. Aft are crew quarters, complete with berths for two, an en suite head and shower, a galley with Summit refrigerator/freezer drawers, a GE microwave and a sink, a washer/dryer (another unit is forward for the owner) and a lounge area. One thing about Horizon is that it will build to buyer needs. Don’t want crew quarters? Perhaps this area becomes an extra stateroom for guests or a work or storage area. Prefer different materials, appliances, layouts? That shouldn’t be a problem.
Standard power on the E75 is a pair of CAT C18 engines. Our test yacht had twin CAT C32A power plants, which produce 1,600 hp each. They were able to move the 69-ton yacht at a very respectable 27 knots (2360 rpm and 165 gph total) on test day. We cruised easily at 21.7 knots at 2000 rpm and glided along at 12 knots at 1500 rpm. My time on the wheel was more to test the yacht’s ability to dance: stop, stand, pirouette, back easily and check for control response. Happily, the E75 made it through the paces with flying colors.
As mentioned, this yacht has the CAT C32A diesels and they are a bit more voluminous than the standard engines. Getting around the engine room was easy, but getting between the heavy metal was a little tight. Understand that I’m a generously proportioned guy, so I had to duck between the Airseps, but that’s not a big problem.
What makes up for that is that Horizon has backlit fuel sight tubes and fuel filters, allowing for quick checks of the fuel level and clarity. That, my friends, is a cool idea. Sure, maybe others do that too, but Horizon has it, and it just adds to the overall package.
Despite what others may think, the Horizon E75 Motoryacht is definitely a yacht, and with a little attitude. Come aboard and let it change your attitude.