The owners of hull number one in the Horizon FD102 series were looking forward to a special New Year’s Eve in Taiwan. What they didn’t know, however, was that Horizon Yachts planned to make it extra special. The shipyard team threw a surprise christening ceremony for them and their guests. In addition, the yard surprised them with the ability to ring in 2020 right onboard.
The owners and a few friends flew to Taiwan from France to enjoy the holiday. During dinner on New Year’s Eve at the Horizon City Marina in Kaohsiung, which Horizon Yachts owns, their megayacht surreptitiously cruised into view. Delighted, the owners, as well as their guests, were ushered onboard. With champagne to make the christening ceremony official, their Horizon FD102 then took them down the waterway to the famed Dream Mall. The largest mall in Taiwan, it throws a huge New Year’s Eve party each year, with prominent singers and a dazzling light show.
Naturally, the guests explored the layout while onboard. This Horizon FD102, measuring 108 feet (33.07 meters), has accommodations for eight guests below decks, along with a main-deck master. The megayacht additionally has a formal dining area on the main deck. In a nice twist, however, the saloon is not all that traditional. While it does feature a large settee where everyone can gather, it faces aft. Therefore, the owners likely will keep the aft-deck doors open to enjoy the beautiful breezes and scenery whenever they’re at anchor. This makes the 25’2” (7.68-meter) beam feel all the more welcoming.
They can enjoy the scenery one deck up, too. Their Horizon FD102 features an enclosed bridge, to create a skylounge (top) with a bar. It’s open to the helm, too.
Speaking of the helm, the captain can run the megayacht at a reported top speed of 16.4 knots. Twin 1,600-hp MTUs further reportedly permit a 10-knot cruise and a resulting range of 2,490 nautical miles.
The first Horizon FD102 in the United States should arrive this summer. She’s hull number two.
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