The Change Artist

HORI­ZON’S FD85 CAN GO FAST OR SLOW, NEAR OR FAR, IN SHAL­LOW OR TRANSAT­LANTIC WA­TERS.

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Hori­zon’s FD85 can go fast or slow, near or far, in shal­low or transat­lantic wa­ters.

The term fast dis­place­ment is a non se­quitur in the yacht­ing world be­cause fast and dis­place­ment don’t work to­gether. Usu­ally. In the case of the Hori­zon FD85 (FD means fast dis­place­ment), de­sign­ers have cre­ated a yacht that can cruise long dis­tances at dis­place­ment speeds, yet pick up her skirts to scam­per along when needed.

One key de­sign el­e­ment is the FD85’s high-per­for­mance pierc­ing bow. Ev­ery ocean­go­ing ship th­ese days has a bul­bous bow pro­trud­ing un­der­wa­ter to lull the sea into think­ing the ship has a longer wa­ter­line, al­low­ing higher speeds and ef­fi­ciency. Same with the Hori­zon FD85, ex­cept Dutch de­signer Cor D. Rover, who is usu­ally de­sign­ing su­pery­achts up to 220 feet (67 me­ters), flat­tened the bulb’s top to re­duce pitch­ing.

Stir in a soft chine aft, prop tun­nels to re­duce draft, and a long skeg for di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity, and the re­sult is a yacht just as com­fort­able at 6 knots (eas­ily transat­lantic range) as she is get­ting to the best an­chor­age faster than 20 knots.

Rover’s take on the fly­bridge is also orig­i­nal. In profile view, the fly­bridge morphs smoothly into the fore­deck, with the pi­lot­house peep­ing up at amid­ships. Un­der the stan­dard fiber­glass hard­top is lounge seat­ing plus a grill, sink and fridge. Aft is space for a spa tub, sun­pad, lounges or wa­ter toys.

Guests can walk from the fly­bridge to the bow seat­ing, and crew can pop out from the side door of the pi­lot­house to reach the an­chor well for­ward, with­out chang­ing lev­els.

In­side, the main-deck mas­ter suite has a cen­ter­line king-size berth, room for a loose chair with

a ta­ble and, thanks to space from the plumb bow de­sign, a for­ward head and walk-in closet.

The re­main­der of the main deck in­cludes the salon and a din­ing ta­ble that seats 10 with­out el­bow­ing. Win­dows flow from sole to ceil­ing, with ex­te­rior bulk­heads cut away to pro­vide sweep­ing panora­mas. And those win­dows are low-emis­siv­ity glass (low-e) that fil­ters in­frared and ul­tra­vi­o­let rays.

The gal­ley is to port with a side door to the deck, and a day head is be­tween the salon and af­ter­deck. That af­ter­deck has a built-in set­tee, couches and chairs, all shaded by the bridge over­hang.

When it comes time to tuck in for the night, the FD85 has four guest state­rooms on the lower deck— and three of them are VIPs. The fourth state­room is fit­ted with a pair of berths and, like the VIPs, has an en­suite head with shower. That’s a to­tal of five state­rooms and six heads, not in­clud­ing the crew’s quar­ters, in an 85-foot (26-meter) yacht.

Crew have two cab­ins abaft the en­gine room and

pri­vate ac­cess to the power plants from the af­ter­deck (safe un­der­way) or from the swim plat­form (not so much). Fin­ished to the same stan­dard as the guest ar­eas, the crew space also has a head and a mess.

The skip­per can drive from the helm sta­tion up top, for­ward to port with com­pan­ion seat­ing; or from the pi­lot­house, which can be closed for night run­ning. A pedestal seat is be­hind a four­mon­i­tor dash­board, and a dinette for guests or crew is nearby.

Power for the FD85 in North Amer­ica is a pair of 1,136-horse­power Cater­pil­lar C18 Acert diesels, along with twin 27-kilo­watt Onan gensets.

Hori­zon calls the FD85 “the 85-footer with a 100foot at­ti­tude,” and for once, I find such an ad­ver­tis­ing slo­gan to be an un­der­state­ment. This yacht thinks it’s a 125-footer, ex­cept when it comes to find­ing a slip or nav­i­gat­ing shal­low cruis­ing grounds.

clock­wise from fac­ing page, top: The aft deck pro­vides al­fresco din­ing and en­clos­able lounge space; The main deck owner’s state­room has a walk-in closet and an en­suite head; The stylish sun-splashed salon ben­e­fits from sole-to-ceil­ing win­dows; The...

LOA: 85ft. 6in. (26.07m) BEAM: 23ft. 3in. (7.07m) DRAFT: 5ft. 9in. (1.75m) DIS­PLACE­MENT: 89 tons CON­STRUC­TION: com­pos­ite EN­GINES: 2 x 1,136-hp Cater­pil­lar C18 Acert EN­GINES (op­tional): 2 x 1,200-hp MAN SPEED (max/cruis­ing): 20 knots/10-12 knots RANGE:...

above: The High Per­for­mance Pierc­ing Bow fools the wa­ter with a seem­ingly longer wa­ter­line, re­sult­ing in higher speed, more ef­fi­ciency and less pound­ing.

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