Sandy Satullo and his partner Sandra Novaes (below) have encountered a common problem in shopping for a new yacht. “Production builders may say they will work with you to personalize your boat, but in the end you only have a couple of choices and can give limited input,” Satullo says. With Horizon Yachts, however, they found “truly a custom builder.” Having taken delivery of Crowned Eagle, the couple is not simply the newest yard clients. They are the proud owners of the first Horizon FD92, and the first trideck FD series yacht at that. The model resulted entirely from their vision, too.
In fact, this model tops Horizon’s fast-displacement series. Satullo particularly liked Horizon’s FD87, but wanted both an enclosed pilothouse/sky lounge as well as an open flying bridge. The yard’s in-house designers and Cor D. Rover Design not only incorporated the features, but welcomed the couple’s further input for space utilization. Therefore, Crowed Eagle has a day head within the sky lounge, plus a combination boat deck and alfresco lounge area aft. Specifically, the alfresco space is ideal for dining and drinks, thanks to an L-shape dinette and backlit bar that additionally contains a barbecue, refrigerator, and freezer. Crowned Eagle’s tender stows fully aft, meanwhile. And, the full open deck gets welcome shade from a custom system.
On the carbon-fiber flying bridge, Satullo and Novaes—who visited the Taiwan-based shipyard twice, and worked with its U.S. office—requested yet another helm. They also plan to entertain and relax up here, so seating, a sunpad, and a bar round out the highlights. A bimini lends shade up here as well.
The couple was just as involved in the interior design and configuration. Their main-deck suite, for instance, shows off a custom backlit headboard and soffit. Satin-finished light oak, with glossy dark-walnut contrasts, flows throughout the main deck. In the four guest staterooms below decks, you’ll find satin-finished white oak. Three of the four have Art Deco-inspired leather headboards. Even more Art Deco-inspired custom furnishings include the walnut dining table, a saloon side table, and the aft-deck dining table. Furthermore, a subtle sunburst design theme appears throughout these pieces.
Because she’s a trideck, Crowned Eagle needed a hull modification. Notably, her 93’1” (28.4-meter) length benefitted the beach club, plus the swim platform. Not only can it hold the tender, but the platform also has a section to lower and rise. This makes toy launches and retrievals plus swimmers’ access simpler.
During the christening ceremony, held recently stateside at the Horizon Yacht USA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Satullo and Novaes received a few gifts. The Horizon Yacht USA team gave them a custom champagne bucket and monogrammed glasses (below), along with a photo book chronicling the construction and their shipyard visits. Of course, some nice Horizon swag came along with it all.
You might just catch the couple wearing it during their Caribbean and Bahamian travels. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery above by clicking any of the thumbnail images.
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