Series builds can and do change in terms of the layout options, and not just due to customers’ customization requests. Shipyards take the initiative, too. A new Horizon FD80 for the American market is the latest proof. Call it an open galley or a show kitchen, the design is a first for the line. Moreover, you can enjoy it yourself, since the superyacht is for sale.
Horizon built this new launch, the eighth in the FD80 series, on spec. For perspective, this series debuted in 2019. With an LOA of 80’7” (24.6 meters) and beam of 23 feet (6.91 meters), the megayacht has accommodations for eight, including an on-deck master suite. She additionally has a skylounge and a beach club. Horizon chose white oak and light- and dark-stained walnut paneling along with white-ash soles as the backdrop to the overall casually elegant décor.
Typically, elegant and casually elegant yachts have dedicated dining areas on the main deck. Other than yachts where you might find a country kitchen, a quintessentially American configuration, they also have completely separate galleys. That’s what makes this FD80 for the American market so noteworthy. A large center island, with a strikingly designed light above it, is the focus of the open galley’s attention. Cream and grey quartz covers the island and lies underfoot, with satin-finished white-oak cabinetry and high-gloss lacquered surfaces completing the ambience. Three barstools fit perfectly on the saloon side of the island. While your chef and crew have full-size refrigerators and freezers just forward, the layout is simultaneously beneficial to those of you who like to grab a quick drink or snack throughout the day.
Those barstools, by the way, can join another flexible area just aft in the saloon (below). It features a foldable table to starboard, right at the full-height windows. With the barstools, the table is a convenient work area or general spot for your family to check emails and catch up on social media. In that same folded position, it can be a breakfast bar, too. But, extend it fully and move it amidships, and it seats eight as a traditional dining table.
In case you’re seeking even more flexibility, check out the beach club. Conveniently, the crew mess connects to it via a pass-through partition. Snacks and drinks can flow throughout the day—followed by happy hour in the foredeck lounging area, complete with pop-up lights.
Naturally, this Horizon FD80 for the American market will make her show debut in the USA. Specifically, she’ll be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
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