Horizon FD87 Skyline

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Builders often take input from their owners and make their designs better. And why not? The owners are the folks out there using the boats and discovering how things really work on the water. The new FD87 Skyline from Horizon Yachts, part of its Fast Displacement line and debuting this year, is an example of that. “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,” said Horizon CEO John Lu, in a press statement.

It starts with a new bow, a snub-nosed design Horizon calls a high-performance piercing bow (HPPB), that tested better for efficiency at slow speeds and performance at higher speeds. Builder estimates indicate the FD87’s range will be almost 2,000 nautical miles at 9 knots, on a 3,480-gallon capacity, with twin CAT C-18 Acert 1,136 hp diesels.

Accommodations include an on-deck master that occupies the bow, giving the owners privacy and comfort. Four staterooms, all with an en suite head, are belowdecks, and two crew cabins are aft of the engine room.

People of the relaxation and social persuasion are going to find themselves enchanted by the features at the aft end of the main deck and flybridge. On the main deck, a large door at the transom swings up to reveal not a dinghy garage but a “beach club” that includes a C-shaped settee, a large flat-screen TV, a bar and a small galley. It has direct access to the spacious swim platform, which can accommodate a few chaise lounges. On the bridge, the aft deck has room for a large settee and chairs or a hot tub or a dinghy and davit.

The enclosed bridge houses the yacht’s helm, which seats three, a bar that seats four, a settee that seats four more and a day head. Forward of the enclosed bridge is a bow entertainment area that includes seating for up to 10 people on three settees around a table and room for two more to soak in rays on a sunpad.

The bridge might be enclosed on this 90-footer, but outdoor gathering spaces abound, and even the indoor spaces are well lit and open. Horizon could have called this the RSVP87, because its social life is going to be active.

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