CNC (Computer Numerican Control) milling bring a new definition of precision to yacht manufacturing. A milling machine runs on 90-foot tracks, and its 5-axis router, working at the speed of 1,800 inches per minute, can stop at any precise position within a 0.01-inch tolerance. The MR-125 Gantry Milling System is a yacht constructor’s mean, dream machine.
Rapid, large-part manufacturing with the 5-axis router starts with rough milling of low-density foam blocks. Next, fiberglass-reinforced material is enforced to provide rigidity and strength. Then a layer of higher-density foam is applied and the entire piece is milled again to produce a flawless part shape.
Working at high speeds and with precise measurements, the computer-driven milling system can compose forms that are almost perfectly symmetrical and remarkably consistent, resulting in vessels manufactured with exquisite lines built with the greatest artistry, efficiency and economy- all passed along to the yacht owner in value and beauty.
Whether simple or luxurious, modern or classic, Horizon’s highly skilled craftsmen strive to build their clients the perfect yacht to quench every taste. The yachts are built with class, style, sophistication, and safety on hand. Imagine entertaining your guests onboard such exquisite beauties, being surrounded by fine woods and quality craftsmanship. Our dining is in a magnificent Italianate room, where your food isn’t the only thing your eyes focus on. Once your stomach is happy and you’re ready to lay your head down, your yachts French-style stateroom awaits you. Whether any occasion, Horizon’s yachts are there to please you.
Horizon constructs every detail onboard – the interior layout and styling to the cut of stone used for the galley counter tops. The yachts are renowned in the industry for superior craftsmanship, innovation and quality backed by hundreds of talented craftsmen having at least 20 years accumulated yacht building experience. Horizon’s Quality Commitment sets the company apart. Our exceptional custom-built cabinetry, fine woods and finishes have met and exceeded the interior needs of hundreds of discerning customers. Our dedication to quality and excellence in build has assured high retention rates with second, third and fourth time Horizon owners.
Horizon’s team has well-known designers working on its clients every desire leaving the company with the creative phrase of “Horizon Style.” Working closely with their clients, the proficient in-house naval architects provide thoughtful design advice, fulfill lifestyle requirements, and ensure the reliability, safety and performance of every Horizon motor yacht.
The Horizon design team also utilizes the most advanced programs, including the 3D CAD visualization and virtual reality for yacht design. With 3D CAD visualization, computer-simulated design concepts can be reviewed for visual appearance and examined for possible flaws. Using such technology, the 3D visualization improves overall understanding and communication between designers, shipyards and clients to ensure the client’s dreams become reality.
Horizon partners with American, European, as well as other experience naval architects and designers to create a range of yachts with not only style but sophistication. Horizon has expanded its fleet to consist of 9 model series — AC Series; E Series; EP Series; P Series; PC Series; RP Series; SC Series; T Series and V Series — which are differentiated by their distinctive styles and features. Horizon continues to strive growing each model series and developing innovative and unique yachts to satisfy a variety of lifestyles.
The international naval architects and designers include:
Donald L. Blount and Associates (DLBA), is an internationally recognized naval architecture, marine engineering, and yacht design firm based in Virginia. This firm has specialized in design, structure calculations, along with stability evaluation of motor yachts and vessels since 1988. To better optimize its passenger comfort on board, Horizon collaborated with DLBA in designing an innovative double-chine hull, introducing the Horizon RP110 model.
Born in Canada, Gregory C. Marshall is a far experienced and highly respected naval architect in the motor yacht industry. Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects (GCMNA) has been involved in various successful large yacht projects around the world since its establishment. Gordon Galbraith, a new partner recruitment in 2006, has helped elevate GCMNA to its current success. Associated with the design of the successful Horizon V Series, GCMNA has become an important addition of Horizon Group’s powerful formula for building the ultimate in world-class motor yachts.
J.C. Espinosa (Juan Carlos Espinosa) is a licensed and registered architect in both Illinois and Florida. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and Planning degree from the University of Illinois in 1985. Ever since, he has dedicated his talent exclusively to the exterior and interior styling of custom yachts and series production boats. His firm’s design work is published regularly by the most prominent publications in the field. J.C. Espinosa is responsible for designing Horizon’s custom mega yacht P130 model.
Horizon’s E series are designed by John Lindblohm and are the signature for the marquee and have been a continued success for many, many years. Starting at the age of 15 designing boats in his father’s office, he founded his own design office in 1987. Scandinavia promotes him as a well-known naval architect who specializes in fast powerboats and yacht design. His original transom design, which was nicknamed the “Lindblohm transom,” is still popular 20 years later on Horizon yachts.
Mark Ellis has been in the marine industry for more than 35 years and has involved himself in various design projects for commercial vessels. In 1987, Mark established Mark Ellis Marine Design (MEMD), which provides design, naval architecture and engineering services primarily to Australian and Asian shipyards for both monohull and catamaran hull forms. The AC80 is the first composite production luxury catamaran collaboration between Mark and Horizon.
Angelo Lavranos has produced many successful and unique racing boats including IOR champions, IMS cruiser-racers, a full range of innovative cruisers in all materials, and super yachts up to 40m LOA from 1975. He has been producing a range of power catamarans, sailing catamarans, passenger ferries, hydrographic survey and charter fishing cats since 1996. He is responsible for the hull design, naval architecture and hull structure of Horizon PC58.
Cor D. Rover Design has a background in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in the aesthetic exterior design, space planning/optimization and interior layout designs of motor yachts currently ranging from 12 to 120 meters. He has been involved in more than 50 motor yacht projects, and has worked with Horizon on numerous type of yachts exteriors.
Horizon is understanding of the importance of a stylish and comfortable living space. They are the major elements of a quality yacht, which is why we are invested and focused in every detail of our costumer’s yachts. Horizon collaborates with industry- recognized, high class interior designers who are dedicated to creating uniquely customized interior spaces, also allowing clients to share their personal design styles as well as request special arrangements to better suit their lifestyle.
The international interior designers include:
Tommaso Spadolini is a Renowned Italian naval architect who works closely with Horizon, as well as with other leading architects around the globe, for several various highly successful projects. Tommaso has worked with Horizon on numerous yachts bringing a strong Italian interior style making him master of interior yacht design.
The international design firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington is the renowned Sylvia Bolton Design. They are responsible for designing yacht interiors for clients and World Class Boat Builders throughout North America, Asia, as well as Europe. Home to many yachting services, they are appropriately located in Salmon, Bay.
Not only does Guido de Groot’s Design work with yacht interiors, but they are accounted for working projects that combine interior and exterior design. The sizes and types of yachts also range from a 20 meter sail boat to a 65 meter exploration luxury yacht, and including fast motor cruisers and more sedate displacement yachts. Guido de Groot has partnered with Horizon on numerous yachts.
Sketch Company was formed with the sole intention of servicing high-end projects of particular interest, diversity and especially in terms of location and subject. David Buffery is the creative director in Sketch and has worked with Horizon with the interior design of many yacht models.
BYD Group produces general interior layouts, typically in 2D, to further optimize and utilize the avaiable spaces in 3D with the rest of the yacht components. Together, the client BYD Group can develop any type of interior styling from preliminary color concept illustrations in the earlier stages, to finely detailed 3D model to produce construction drawings.
Uchiyama Design, Inc. is the International Yacht Design firm in Japan, which is specialized in the interior architect of bespoke Motor Yacht design using the special knowledge of boat interior construction based upon the understanding of the complex of Mega Yacht construction. Uchiyama Design has worked with Horizon for many yacht’s interior design providng the best service for Horizon owners with HORIZON Yacht quality.
Mr. Hus and Mr. Li, the creative directors of the TWA Design, are specialized in understanding the customer’s demands to integrate the esthetics and the rational construction concept. With the conformity construction, indoor, equipments, furniture to innovate manner of creation, the unique design atmosphere and esthetics savors provides the owners of Horizon a limitless interior design imagination beyond the traditional style.
To keep Horizon set apart from other companies, they focus on flexibility in design and construction. Because of this, it allows the customization of each yacht to fit the individual owner’s lifestyle.
Horizon’s outstanding ability to create customized yachts is a direct result of our highly talented and dedicated team members that includes the following:
Horizon has grown over the years to encompass building vessels to International Standards and is entirely certified from some of the world’s most reputable societies, including DNV, BV, LR & ABS. Horizon is also approved for building to Flag Code with MCA (LY2 and soon LY3), USL (Australia), NK (Japan) and CNS (China) and adopts SOLAS, MARPOL, CORLEG and MLC construction standards. Recent memberships to note include the Super Yacht Builder’s Association (SYBAss) and the International Marine Organization (IMO).
With 630 motor yachts delivered, Horizon places great importance on the efficiency and hydrodynamic capabilities of every unique Horizon yacht manufactured. With a solid background in Fast Patrol and Navy ship design, the Horizon R&D team excels at producing full-displacement hulls; semi-displacement with or without bulbous bows; and semi-planning, fully planning and high performance racing hulls. Horizon uses both the traditional Tank Test simulation and the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis technique for all vessels to assure the maximum efficiency of each hull design. The CFD accurately predicts a yacht’s maneuverability and overall response under various sea-wave spectrums, ensuring that vessels are tested for various sea states to produce the greatest overall ride, comfort and safety.
Horizon prides itself on its craftsmanship, which could not be possible without the highly skilled craftsmen they have acquired, each having an approximate total of twenty years experience in the yachting industry.
Understanding each client’s lifestyle and demands are not only invited, but expected, when customizing each high class motor yacht. Every yacht is custom built according to the owner’s specifications while meeting the high standards set within the luxury yacht market.
The latest technologies are strategically researched for optimum high class creation of each yacht, delivering supreme luxury and comfort. Computer numerical control (CNC) milling systems bring a new level of precision and production capabilities to yacht manufacturing. Horizon has acquired the MR-125 Gantry Milling System, a CNC machine that is a boat builder’s dream machine which allows for beautifully orchestrated intricate designs with remarkable efficiency.
Horizon is one of the top luxury yacht builders in the world and has earned numerous awards for design and manufacturing quality while also achieving world class excellence through the most advanced design engineering processes, attention to the smallest details in design, state-of-the-art technology and production equipment.
Horizon’s main focus is high-quality vessels. They guarantee state-of-the-art design, exceptional finish, and safe cruising ability. Horizon prides themselves on their quality assurance system where they are expected to inspect every vessel to stringent, continuous inspections at every stage of the build. From initial lay-up, fit and finish, to the engineering systems, they remain focused on safety. Each stage various tested are applied to examine the build, making sure each vessel meets specific requirements before proceeding on to the next stage. To check the hull design, integrity and stability they use a tank test. The material test confirms the hull’s strength. Lastly the sea trial test is enforced to ensure the performance, safety and durability of the vessel. Horizon also uses the power and equipment setup before delivery to assure delivery of vessels with fully operational systems. The ERP computer system efficiently, while carefully, manages this process for every yacht build, ensuring not a single step is overlooked.
Horizon’s four facilities are independently ISO 9002 approved, leaving them with the utilization of the most advanced technologies to assure quality in every production process. Horizon’s quality is appreciated by many returning as well as new clients due to their over 20 years of accumulated naval architecture skill and yacht building experience. They are recognized by the world’s major classification societies, including, but not limited to, Lloyd’s Register (LR), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Nippon Kyokai (NK), leaving them as the only yacht builder in Asia that has obtained full DNV Class Classifications. A standard process has become of Horizon’s manufacturing team, building to class, especially on the custom mega yacht P Series vessels. Peace of mind is provided when owning a Horizon vessel as well as being highly distinguished in your yachting lifestyle.
The hull of a yacht is a very complex, intricate hydrodynamic design. Unlike the build of the airplane which only involves the element of air, yachts have to understand water, air as well as their interface. Because of its complexity, no mathematical solution or computer simulation can analyze or predict it- the only realistic way to understand a yacht hull’s performance is by simply testing it in the water.
A tank test is comparable to a wind tunnel for aerospace and automobiles, and is used to test the hull. A 1:8 to 1:12 scale model of the hull is made and towed along a water-filled tank up to 300 meters in length. The towing cart equipped with many sensors and microprocessors is used to not only tow the model, but to collect results for computer analysis on the fly. This is the most accurate and efficient way to fine-tune the design to date.
Horizon has performed many tank tests in cooperation with various international test tanks such as SSPA, HSVA and many local academies including USDDC, NTU, and NTOU. For example, the RP120 performed a series tunnel wedge angle change tests in NCKU to determine the optimized wedge size. When turned into reality, this provided a 1 knot speed increase to the yacht. The Horizon E88 underwent not only resistance tests, but also random wave encountering tests in SSPA to ensure a seaworthy yacht. The most recent test conducted in SSPA was for the design of an 85-footer with an innovative concave hull design. All Horizon yachts are given these regular wave-encountering and resistance tests to determine the sea keeping abilities of each hull.
With ensuring yacht quality a focused goal, Horizon begins with the basics: a raw material test. Horizon has its own laboratory to examine and define raw materials, finished FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastics) parts and hull appearance. A Universal Testing Machine is equipped to analyze and monitor the properties for raw material assurance. The tests for material properties include tensile strength and modulus, bending strength and modulus, and elongation. The tests refer to ISO 527-4, ASTM C393 or ISO-178 standards, and reference the data from material properties, such as gel coat, fiberglass, resin, structural adhesive and core materials, to check that they have been built up completely and most important; accurately.
Horizon yacht samples undergo a burn test to measure the fiber content. It utilizes a Barcol Impressor to detect the FRP hardness. Fiber content is crucial to analyze the strength of current fibers or the bonding between resin and fiber. The measurement of hardness of FRP ensures that both catalyst and resin are working properly. The fiber content and FRP hardness are also the main parameters in verifying the quality of FRP.
Before delivery to its new owner, every Horizon yacht undergoes a rigorous sea trial involving a third party to ensure proper system operation and maneuverability. The maneuvering trials include a turning circle, stopping inertia, emergency stern propulsion, speed test, zigzagging with power loss, stability tests and a full-power endurance test. These tests also include stern data analysis of frequency and harmonics onboard including trim level tests at varying power loads. Furthermore, all major equipment such as safety equipment, fire-fighting systems, anchors, and thrusters will be tested, and detailed records of all these tests are kept in a database for possible future reference.
“Define your Horizon” is not just a slogan — Horizon makes every effort to ensure that every customer’s dream will become reality. Managing the various requirements for each customer is not a quick or simple task. It requires an extensive system of checks and balances to assure every detail is attended to and each request is fulfilled to the thoroughest degree. To achieve this goal Horizon developed its own ERP management system to supervise every yacht order, from the initial discussion and layout, to the delivery and after-sales service. This system covers construction details, customer’s input, material procurement, product schedule, quality checks, and customer feedback. Customer’s visions are translated into thousands of construction orders and material lists, and the system organizes that information, delivering it to the appropriate person at the precise time.
Prior to delivering a yacht to its owner, Horizon undergoes a series of water leak tests to ensure that the yacht is completely watertight. The test simulates weather conditions during a monsoon, using thousands of gallons of water to shower the yacht from various angles for approximately 2-4 hours. Horizon’s leak test is highly important in guaranteeing that the yacht is fully sealed and safe from outside water sources.
Horizon would not be as successful or as quality oriented without its greatest state-of-the-art facilities. With the various accomplishments Horizon has undergone, its safe to say the facilities are a major factor to thank; because without them, the most minuscule tasks would not function as efficient as they do.
Some of our facilities include but are not limited to:
Horizon remains focused on the power of quality for its clients while accommodating the latest technology to better ensure the distinct building process of its motor yacht. The importance of their own facilities, goes without saying, is crucial to designing its yacht down to the bare minimum of tasks. Something as little as dust can play a huge factor in the building process and Horizon has successfully found a way to eliminate that.