FD87 “Skyline” Preparing for Launch, Debut at 2018 Horizon Open House


Horizon Yachts is pleased to announce that the new FD87 “SKYLINE” – a revolutionary enclosed bridge motoryacht based on the FD85 design – has just completed her leak testing as part of undergoing preparations for her launch and debut at the 2018 Horizon Yachts Open House, January 16th-18 in Taiwan.

“SKYLINE” has been customized to suit her U.S. owners, from the interior layout and design to her numerous exterior entertaining areas. She features Horizon’s advanced hull form design, dubbed the High Performance Piercing Bow (HPPB); his hull design allows for excellent seakeeping at both slow and high speeds and, when augmented by her stabilization system, affords a sublimely comfortable cruising experience. 

To ensure the performance and safety expected of all Horizon yachts, every build is subjected to a rigorous series of tests at the dry dock and in the test tank prior to sea trials. The leak test ensures the yacht is completely watertight by simulating conditions during a monsoon, using thousands of gallons of water to shower the yacht from various angles for 2-4 hours. While in the dry dock, Horizon’s well-trained technicians will assess every detail of this latest build – these tests include checking all boat systems under both light and full loads as well as running the yacht’s engines, generators, and other mechanical equipment for several days at a time. Professional technicians from various departments will check the yacht’s mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems, and the gear loading of the dinghy is tested while in dry dock to ensure stable and smooth operation.

All of these tests are performed in advance of the sea trials that include speed tests turning circle, emergency stern propulsion, and full-power endurance tests; analysis of onboard frequency and harmonics; and the testing of all major equipment and fire-fighting systems. At Horizon, we believe that a comprehensive testing process for each yacht we build is critical to ensure consistency and quality, and we are committed to delivering not only a beautiful luxury yacht, but the best cruising experience to every Horizon yacht owner.

We look forward to showcasing the Horizon FD87 “SKYLINE” motoryacht in January at our Open House Event, where we will be joined by the owners during this exciting debut!

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