Arriving to the docks of Orange Coast Yachts in Newport Beach, California, (the brokerage also has a Seattle office) this February is a brand new 2018 Horizon V68 luxury motor yacht. Billed as a “mini superyacht,” this modern yacht emphasizes comfort, comfort, and comfort. Designed by local Jonathan Quinn Barnett – the world-renown, Seattle-based force behind JQB Design and Paul Allen’s superyacht Octopus – the new V68’s design definitely is looking toward the future instead of the past.
Upon approach, the exterior of the V68, the newest and smallest of the Horizon V Series, begins to set the tone with a massive foredeck complete with tableside seating and two extra-wide side decks that lead aft to the covered cockpit. The plumb bow and sleek window styling give an overall impression of a modern vessel that’s more inclined to define the year 2018 than feign nostalgia for the past. Plumb bows are increasingly common in the modern yacht building industry due to a few key engineering advantages, including a longer waterline for vessel length. A large swim step is mounted to the transom, and stairs lead upward onto the flybridge. Once on the flybridge, one can enjoy the large deck or venture forward to the complete nav station and group seating.
A flight of spiral stairs from the flybridge leads downward into the cabin where the mini superyacht really starts to strut her stuff. The interior is about as large as a the generous beam of 19’6” can be, and both three- and four-stateroom layouts are advertised. The long windows built into the hull are sure to bring in plenty of natural light to the below-deck accommodations. Other custom options include additional crew quarters aft, an enclosed vs. open layout for the flybridge, and different layouts for the three decks.
In fact, the manufacturer touts an impressive eight different layouts, which may be some kind of record. As far as the power plant is concerned, the V68 is powered by standard twin Caterpillar C18 1136-hp engines.
All in all, the 2018 Horizon V68 seems to live up to its mini superyacht motif. If interested, the first 2018 model arrives at Orange Coast Yachts in February. You can learn more at orangecoastyachts.com. The V68 is currently listed at $3,697,995.