Horizon Yachts Launches E98 Motoryacht Do It Now
Published: Monday, 06 February 2017
Taiwan shipyard Horizon Yachts has launched the first hull of E98 motoryacht series and will debut it at the Palm Beach International Boat Show (Mar 23-26) in the US on ramp 1, slips 101-106. The model Do It Now is the result of collaboration between an experienced Owner and Horizon’s design teams.
(Photos: Horizon Yachts - E98 motoryacht series hull one)
With sleek exterior lines reminiscent of the Horizon E88 motoryacht, Do It Now sports an efficient high-performance hull designed for stability and seakeeping. An impressive draft just under 6ft enables this 98-footer to explore shallower waters, expanding the cruising destinations beyond the capability of many 100ft yachts.
While the Horizon E98 is offered in both skylounge and open bridge versions, Do It Now was built with an open bridge layout incorporating a fixed front glass windshield and EZ2CY side panels that allow the area to be easily transformed from open-air to enclosed and air-conditioned. On this deck, which features a custom bar with seating for five as well as a large dinette, the Owner has also incorporated a commercial ice box, hi/low BBQ and storage for lounge chairs. An expansive aft deck and a bow seating area with a dinette and sunpads round out the variety of entertaining spaces.
Designed to suit the Owner’s lifestyle and tastes, Do It Now features a custom interior that extends the main saloon forward through the space normally occupied by a formal dining room to a pass-through opening into the country kitchen. Each guest space boasts luxurious fabrics, neutral stones and custom furnishings. Within a voluminous 23ft beam, the living areas and large country kitchen forward are highlighted by hi-gloss Walnut finishes while Walnut in a satin finish sets the tone for the lower deck housing four spacious en suite guest staterooms. Situated aft on the lower deck, the crew quarters are highlighted in a White Oak satin finish.
Do It Now is equipped with twin CAT C32s of 1900hp each, affording a top speed of 22.5 knots and a 19-knot cruise. At 10 knots, she will enjoy a 1250nm range. Do It Now is also fitted with zero-speed stabilisers, bow and stern thrusters and custom AV and navigation equipment, making her an enviable vessel for entertaining or simply enjoying the voyage.
“The new Horizon E98 motoryacht, with her extensive indoor and outdoor spaces, flexible interior configurations and numerous amenities, truly fits a market that we have seen arise in the last few years. Clients who are not yet ready to make the leap to 110-foot plus yachts but are searching for something larger than 90ft,” says Horizon Group CEO John Lu. “The fact that hull one was so efficiently customised for a second-time Horizon Owner is testament to the durability of this model’s design. We are looking forward to her making her U.S. debut at Palm Beach in March.
“Simply stated, the Horizon team is a pleasure to work with,” says the owner of Do It Now. “Every effort is made to deliver a high performance yacht that reflects the Owners’ individual design features and boating requirements. Building a yacht doesn’t get any better than this!”