Published: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Taiwan’s Horizon Yachts has unveiled its third model in the V series – V67, which was designed as an entry-level boat in collaboration with designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett (JQB).

Horizon Unveils Entry Level Model V67

(Images: Horizon Yachts - V67)

Hull one of the new V67, destined for U.S. inventory with Horizon Yacht USA, features the galley/country kitchen, three-stateroom, and open flybridge configuration suitable for the global market. She is expected to launch in February 2018. 

One of the standout features of the new model is the plumb bow design, which was employed for the second Horizon model apart from the FD series. Others include large open spaces, wide side decks, use of large windows on the main deck and cabins, and a 19ft 6in beam.

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Christian Stimson, Stimson Yachts of New Zealand, is responsible for the hull design and naval architecture. He noted that the plumb bow was the critical element that formed the basis of the V67’s design. The vertical bow allowed for a longer waterline, which in turn affords a generous beam and reduces drag at lower, displacement speeds.

The larger hull beam not only makes for greater stability and increased interior spaces, but also allowed the team to increase headroom without affecting the yacht’s low profile.

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Stimson added: “As a result, the V67 is not your average plumb bow vessel, but a carefully considered combination of all the hull features that work seamlessly with a well laid out interior to result in a ‘best in class’ experience.”

JQB called the architecture “honesty in design”, pointing out that there are no visual tricks to make the boat appear larger than it is.

The entry-level motoryacht is customised and choices of at least two major layout for each deck are available. The V67 offers a three or four-cabin layout with a private master suite located midship with a walk-in closet and vanity.

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Optional quarters for crew are situated aft. JQB focused on opening narrow passages into foyers and making the stairs larger with less rise to optimise the flow throughout the vessel.

The main deck can be configured with a country kitchen or lower helm forward. The open flybridge, which is the standard configuration for this model, features a bar with dinette seating under the hard top, while a spacious sunbathing and dining area is found further forward on the bow. The flybridge can be enclosed with an optional day head, and also optional seating with table and chairs on the boat deck.

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John Lu, CEO of Horizon, said: “We are very proud of the new V67 model. This motor yacht retains Horizon’s signature quality inside and out. There are not many true yachts available in the 60 to 70-foot range for clients looking to upgrade from 40 or 50ft; most of the offerings in this size range are for weekend or day boats not meant for long-term cruising. The V67 takes advantage of the trickle-down effect from Horizon’s superyacht projects into our smaller-sized yachts.”

V67 has a shallow draft less than 4ft 6in and offers extended cruising capabilities via twin Caterpillar C18 ACERTs of 1136bhp each.