Horizon FD87 Skyline
The Horizon FD87 Skyline is a brand-new luxury motoryacht model that made its debut early this year and toured a few of the boat shows back East. A close relative of the successful FD85, the FD87 is a modern-styled entertainment platform with both familiar and new features for Horizon owners.
Fans of the FD85 will appreciate the deck-level master suite of the FD87, as well as the same number of guest staterooms (four) and crew staterooms (two). Another hallmark of both models is the large salon that spans the yacht’s generous 23’3” beam and features floor-to ceiling windows, making the salon feel even more spacious.
However, the FD87 breaks away from its sister ship in a few ways. Instead of a raised pilothouse, the FD87 features a fully-enclosed bridge with access to a Portuguese walkway leading forward to the bow. Once at the bow, the visitor is greeted by a posh hangout area that includes lounge seating and two tables. Also notable is the optional hot tub on the flybridge, complete with integrated minibar.
Twin stairs lead aft from the flybridge to the cover cockpit, and another set of twin stairs leads to the stern swim platform. Not only is the platform large with nice access, thanks to the dual sets of stairs, but the transom opens to what Horizon dubs the “beach club.”
The beach club includes a full wet bar with stool seating, padded lounge space, and serviceable galley. These beach-club transoms are becoming more and more popular in the U.S., and yacht aficionados should expect to see more of them in the years ahead.
Apart from sumptuous accommodations, the FD87 features a new bow design from the manufacturer, which they call the “high performance piercing bow.” Although we’ve not gotten a chance to test it out ourselves, the builder points to across the board performance improvements thanks to the design.
As far as power is concerned, the yacht is propelled by twin CAT C18A 1136-horsepower inboard diesel engines as standard. A general rule of thumb is that if a yacht can accommodate a hot tub, engine access is not a problem, and the rule holds true with the FD87.
The yacht has an estimated maximum speed of 16 knots with a reported cruising range of 1,640 nautical miles at 10 knots. If you’re interested in Horizon’s new FD87 Skyline, you’ll want to get in touch with the local dealer Emerald Pacific Yachts. They can provide you with further information and pricing specs.