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2020 Horizon FD77

Just about everything superyacht owners are currently demanding in their new vessels—from a big beach club to a main-deck master stateroom to an ultra-stable ride—is built into the new Horizon FD77 motoryacht, which measures just over 80 feet.
“It’s the smallest 140-footer we’ve ever designed,” said Cor D. Rover, the founder of a well-known superyacht design house who collaborated with Horizon on the Fast Displacement (FD) Series. “It has four staterooms [with] the master on the main deck. In my opinion, you cannot take volume any further than that.” Launched at the Palm Beach International Boat Show earlier this year, it’s now the smallest model in the Taiwanese builder’s FD Series and the only one designed for owner-operators.
“The FD87 was such a success that we wanted to do a slightly smaller version,” said Roger Sowerbutts, director of Horizon Yacht USA. Like its larger siblings, which range up to 105 feet, the FD77 hull is based on the concept developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover Design and Donald L. Blount & Associates naval architects.
I experienced the 77 on a sea trial in the Intracoastal Waterway near Horizon’s stateside headquarters in North Palm Beach.The spot that grabbed my attention first was the transom beach club, which, believe it or not, is actually larger than the one on the FD87. It has an L-shaped settee where you can sit in comfort and watch the kids dive off the huge hydraulic swim platform, or simultaneously enjoy the sunset and a game on TV. When the transom hatch is closed, a separate glass door in its center provides convenient access to the beach club, with two additional windows.
Owners are welcome to work with Horizon to personalize the décor on their vessel. The yacht I tested, an FD77 Open Bridge model, had a clean, contemporary, somewhat neutral interior design with light American oak cabinetry, high-gloss walnut accents and Carrara marble stonework.

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