Third FD87 moved to dry dock for final testing
by Miranda Blazeby
The third hull in Taiwanese yard Horizon Yachts' FD87 Skyline series has been moved to the dry dock for final testing. The yacht, which is the first enclosed bridge model sold to the European market, was built in less than seven months and is due for delivery at the end of October.
The yacht is also the yard's first 26.5 metre yacht to feature a new walkaround deck design on the flybridge. This fast displacement yacht is the latest in the Horizon FD range, which also includes the FD102 and FD85 models. The first model in the FD87 Skyline series, the eponymously named Skyline, was delivered earlier this year.
The FD87 Skyline features exterior styling by Dutch naval architect Cor D Rover while the in-house team created the high-performance wave-piercing bow and interior décor.
Accommodation is for 10 guests split between five staterooms, including a main deck owner’s cabin, three double suites and a twin room. Crew accommodation is for a staff of up to three people.
The owner revealed they were attracted to the Taiwanese yard because of their strictly in-house practice. “On my visit, what impressed me most was Horizon’s professional in-house naval architect and interior design team and the one-stop manufacturing service. These are rarely seen among global yacht builders, and this makes me feel comfortable putting my trust in Horizon as a manufacturer,” they said.
Horizon’s US marketing director Elise Moffitt revealed the launch of the FD series, and its consequent “global appeal”, has been integral to the yard’s strong 2018 performance.
“The FD yachts are going to the US, Australia and Europe and having models that have such global appeal means we are now consistently busy. There’s huge momentum moving forward, especially from the FD series,” she said.