Cen­ter of At­ten­tion


With its Raised Pilot­house 120, Hori­zon fo­cused on ev­ery­thing that mat­ters.


seems to start by oohing about the stylish lines or aahing about the sa­lon or going gaga about the mas­ter suite. I’m starting this re­view of the Hori­zon Raised Pilot­house 120 in a dif­fer­ent place: the crew quar­ters. And then I’m going to talk about the ten­der garage.

Why? Be­cause those two spa­ces—which on some yachts can be rem­i­nis­cent of third-world prison cells— are finely fin­ished aboard the Hori­zon RP120, show­ing that the builder’s at­ten­tion to de­tail goes far be­yond the spa­ces that usu­ally get no­ticed.

The crew quar­ters are satin-fin­ished in warm teak, with three cab­ins for a crew of six. The cap­tain gets a dou­ble with an en­suite head and stall shower, while the other two cab­ins have crossed berths and share a head with shower. The crew area also has a mini-gal­ley (with cook­top and stand-up fridge) and a ta­ble with set­tee that seats six. Ac­cess is through stairs from a side deck door while un­der­way, or via the tran­som at rest. Given the way these quar­ters com­pare to some oth­ers I’ve seen, own­ers should ex­pect a wait­ing list of crew want­ing to work from these digs.

Just out­side the crew quar­ters is the ten­der garage, also im­pec­ca­bly fin­ished. It serves as a teak beach for own­ers and guests. A stain­less steel counter dou­bles as a buf­fet or, when needed, a work­bench. A day head is tucked in one cor­ner so guests needn’t track through the yacht in wet bathing suits.

The ten­der on our test RP120 was a 14-foot-10inch (4.45-me­ter) Wil­liams Tur­bo­jet 445, which still left a lot of room in the garage. A crane in the garage launches and re­trieves the ten­der, and the tran­som plat­form low­ers hy­drauli­cally. Only the cen­ter sec­tion of the plat­form sub­merges, leav­ing two “pon­toons” ex­tend­ing on each side to ease ten­der han­dling.

As for the parts of the yacht that typ­i­cally get more at­ten­tion, the sa­lon is pretty swell, too. Luca Dini De­sign in Florence, Italy, called the shots on the dé­cor, draw­ing on pale “breeze oak” for a white­washed look. A pip­ing tex­ture on the cab­i­netry ties the dé­cor to­gether through­out the yacht. Step­ping into the sa­lon from the aft deck, there’s a sunken bar to star­board with mov­able stools for guests at the counter. In the port cor­ner of the sa­lon is a day head.

Hori­zon will rear­range the sa­lon at an owner’s re­quest; aboard this RP120, an L-shaped couch gives guests a panoramic view when seated. The space be­comes a me­dia room with the Ro­man blinds low­ered and the pop-up TV popped. The for­ward third of this RP120’s sa­lon is de­voted to din­ing for 10, with buf­fets on each side. Luca Dini De­sign placed a wood-slat­ted mirror on the for­ward bulk­head that gives the hint of a longer sa­lon.

The gal­ley to port runs fore and aft with an elec­tric pocket door to keep guests from see­ing the chef at work. In­side are dual Sub-Zero fridges, an ex­tra freezer and stowage. The gal­ley has a pan­to­graph door to the side deck, so the crew can load pro­vi­sions with­out tramp­ing through the sa­lon past the guests.

To star­board of the din­ing area is a pas­sage­way, also with pocket door, to the raised pilot­house and the owner’s suite. An­other stowage area is un­der the pilot­house with elec­tron­ics neatly racked for ser­vice. (The thought oc­curred that this space was large enough to

make a lovely mother-in-law suite.)

the mas­ter’s win­dows are de­signed to com­ple­ment the low­ered bul­warks on deck, cre­at­ing an un­ob­structed view. down three steps for­ward is the mas­ter bath­room with twin ves­sel sinks, veined pale green mar­ble (on this 120) and a tub and shower. His-and­her clos­ets book­end the area.

the lower deck has demo­cratic ac­com­mo­da­tions, with two match­ing ViPs abaft the foyer and two en­suite guest state­rooms for­ward with twin berths.

up in the pilot­house are set­tees and ta­bles for guests to watch the ac­tion. next to the helm chair is a ta­ble for those an­cient nav tools called charts.

a few steps up from the pilot­house is the fly­bridge, with more than half cov­ered by a hard­top with built-in sun­roof. an up­per helm is tucked to port, and the rest of the bridge is given over to pure he­do­nism. an l-shaped bar is to star­board, and a buf­fet area for munchies is to

port. Two L-shaped set­tees are on each side with ta­bles, and a hot tub is on cen­ter­line just past the sun­roof, so guests can ad­mire the stars from the bub­bles. A pop-up TV faces the sit­ting ar­eas, and be­cause it is a wa­ter­proof SunBrite, it can swivel to­ward the hot tub. For bar­be­cues, a grill emerges from a con­sole, and for breezy days, clear acrylic wind­screens pro­tect the lounge area. The space is siz­able; this RP120 re­port­edly hosted 60 peo­ple on deck for a party.

Our test Hori­zon RP120 had the stan­dard pair of 1,800-horsepower Cat C32 Acerts (top speed 19 knots). Own­ers can opt for twin 2,600-horsepower MTU V-16s. A pair of 65 kW Kohler gensets and a 75 kVA At­las con­verter pro­vide power, and ABT-Trac at-an­chor stabilizers keep things level. The en­gine room has walk­ways around each en­gine, sys­tems racked for easy ac­cess and, in this yacht’s case, ev­ery­thing plumbed, wired and built to Bureau Ver­i­tas clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

It’s al­ways a plea­sure for me to re­view a new Hori­zon be­cause the ship­yard raises the bar with each yacht. New­est and largest in the raised pilot­house series, the RP120 has been mobbed at re­cent boat shows, with good rea­son.

be­low left: Lower deck ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude mir­rored VIPs abaft the foyer. For­ward are two en­suite guest state­rooms with twin berths.

left: The full-beam mas­ter state­room is lo­cated on the main deck, which al­lows for a sky­light, mak­ing the room even brighter. be­low left: The ten­der garage dou­bles as a teak beach for own­ers and guests, with a buf­fet and a day head.

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