Being an alfresco area, the flying bridge is a popular spot aboard many megayachts. The owners of To-Kalon expect to spend a lot of time there with friends and family. In fact, they and a few guests already got a jump start, at the recent christening ceremony in Florida.
To-Kalon is a Horizon FD102, and the first of this model series for American owners. Dave and Cheryl Copham signed the contract because the series and their previous yacht share the same designer, Cor D. Rover. But, they signed it for another reason, too. Horizon was quite flexible. “Their willingness to consider our ideas, incorporate their own, and to be willing to compromise on important matters is very commendable,” Dave says.
For instance, one “must” for the owners was a semi-enclosed flying bridge (below). Since it has sliding glass windows, too, it’s essentially an indoor-outdoor area. So, for example, this summer To-Kalon can welcome guests up here for cocktails, due to a bar, barstools, and a large U-shape settee just opposite it. Another request was adding a day head on this same level, for convenience. It’s sheltered beneath the hardtop. The flying bridge can transition from day to nighttime use thanks to a dining area that extends to seat 12 people. It can serve as dinner theater, too, since the chef can grill the catch of the day at the barbecue nearby.
A lot of flying-bridge space freed up because the owners of To-Kalon want to keep their tender on the foredeck. Additionally, they requested removing the common staircase leading up from the main aft deck.
On the inside, the owners chose oak, wenge, and zebra woods for the main deck. Below decks, where the four guest staterooms sit, beech, wenge, and bird’s-eye maple dominate. The owners worked with both Rover’s studio and Horizon’s own interiors team. Naturally, they had special requests here, too. These include backlit mullions in the saloon and a carved, opaque hi-low partition closing off a pass-through from the galley. They even asked for a wine cabinet, which sits in the foyer leading to their main-deck suite.
To-Kalon will premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
Horizon Yachts horizonyacht.com
Cor D. Rover Design cor-d-rover.com