Marking the launch of its largest megayacht to date, Horizon Yachts rolled its first EP148 expedition yacht out of its shed and into the water last week.
The Horizon EP148, measuring about 148 feet (45 meters) LOA, is also Horizon Yachts’ first steel-hulled project. She’s the flagship of the EP series, which includes the EP69, EP77, and EP110. Furthermore, she’s Horizon Yachts’ first megayacht constructed in compliance with Bureau Veritas ice classification. (Bureau Veritas updated its Yacht Rules last year to include additional class notations covering operation in ice, among other things.)
Horizon Yachts collaborated with an international team to design and engineer the bulbous-bow-equipped EP148. MTD Company, based in Russia, was responsible for the hull form and structural design. MTD specializes in both fast craft as well as conventional displacement vessels, including ones built to ice classification. For styling, Horizon Yachts tapped Espinosa, the U.S. design firm that’s a frequent collaborator. And for interior design, Horizon Yachts turned to Schnaase Interior Design, which previously worked with the shipyard on Angara.
Highlights of the Horizon EP148 include accommodations for 10 in the owner’s party as well as 10 crewmembers. Common areas should have plenty of elbowroom, given the 29-foot (8.83-meter) beam. There’s the customary tender garage in the transom as well as toy stowage on the bow, complete with a davit. The twin 1,700-hp MTU engines permit a reported best cruise of 9.5 knots, which further translates to a range of 4,200 nautical miles at full load. The 420-ton-displacement EP148 also has a draft of 8’6” 92.6 meters).
The EP148 will be available for viewing at Horizon Yachts’ facilities during its annual Open House in June. For further details directly from Horizon, fill out our contact form.