Horizon to Debut E98 Megayacht in 2017: What happens when a manufacturer listens to customers who want a bigger superyacht but one that is not too big? The result is the Horizon E98 that Horizon CEO John Lu indicated is ideal for buyers who aren’t ready to purchase vessels of 110 feet or more. The owner of the first hull in that line fits the bill as he is stepping up from a Horizon 76. The new yacht will be christened Do It Now upon delivery in 2017.
The styling and layout flexibility that characterizes other models in Horizon’s lineup is also found in the E98. These include a skylounge and an open-bridge configuration, the latter of which has a fixed windshield forward and isinglass zip-in panels to each side that allow air conditioning in the space. Entertainment is important on this deck with such features as a commercial-grade icebox, a barbecue and lounge-chair stowage. A bar with seating for five, plus a dining area, completes the deck.
Do It Now’s owner has requites many custom touches. One that has been revealed is that the saloon is much larger than normal as it has appropriated the area occupied by traditional dining.
The galley, however, will remain in its standard location. The E98 comes with a country kitchen forward on the main deck, while the23-foot beam provides a lot of space. The draft is kept to a friendly six feet. Standard propulsion includes 1,600-hp Caterpillars with 1,900-hp engines optional. Do It Now will incorporate the higher-horsepower engines that will see a 22-knot top end at half load.
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