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A her­itage of keen crafts­man­ship, sto­ried cul­ture and ad­vanced tech was re­vealed on our visit with Hori­zon Yachts in Tai­wan.

Wwhen you’re spend­ing a lot of money on some­thing, like, for ex­am­ple, a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar yacht, you’re go­ing to want to see where it’s built — even if the yard hap­pens to be half­way around the world, as is the case for Amer­i­cans who want a Hori­zon. Tak­ing a trip to see the fac­tory is the best way to en­sure the qual­ity of a fu­ture prize pos­ses­sion. Plus, the jour­ney is a cool op­por­tu­nity to forge a con­nec­tion with a com­pany that an owner will be in­ter­twined with for some time. Busi­ness is all about re­la­tion­ships, after all. ¶ Hori­zon builds its yachts in Kaoh­si­ung, an in­dus­trial city in south­ern Tai­wan that serves as the coun­try’s boat­build­ing hub. Hori­zon’s head­quar­ters is where soft de­buts of the FD87 Sky­line and V68 mod­els re­cently took place, show­cased at the builder’s ma­rina near the main fa­cil­ity, a com­bi­na­tion of sites that most other com­pa­nies here can’t of­fer. ¶ The FD87 Sky­line, so named be­cause of her blue-and-white paint job, is a Cor D. Rover de­sign that’s meant to be a live­aboard cruiser. Hull No. 1’s owner plans to be aboard about six months a year, sail­ing the Caribbean with his fam­ily and home-school­ing the kids. As such, the yacht has sub­stan­tial in­te­rior vol­ume for her size, as well as a leggy range of 1,780 nau­ti­cal miles at 10 knots. ¶ The Jonathan Quinn Bar­nett-de­signed V68 is a beamy (19 feet 6 inches) motoryacht with a plumb bow and a bow deck

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