This Horizon E88 ‘Skylounge’ motor yacht is quite outstanding in terms of its design, construction and fit-out. Despite being blessed with a high degree of advanced tech in its build schedules and equipment, the E88 designers have avoided the temptation to tend toward ‘spaceship’ styling. Instead they have created external lines that balance a degree of tradition with contemporary flair, with just enough elliptically oriented glazing to please the eye in a manner that will hold its appeal into the long term.
The combination of over 27 metres in length with a substantial 6.4-metre beam and the provision of three deck levels delivers a truly colossal amount of onboard space. All three decks have a bright and airy feel, and a welcoming atmosphere that masks to some extent the luxury of the finish and the quality of the artisanship so that relaxation dominates over any sense of awe that might otherwise have diminished enjoyment of the E88’s treasures.
The engine room has a pair of MTU V12 1920hp diesels surrounded by impressive engineering in an immaculate installation. The V12s give an effortless cruise around 10–12 knots and a top speed of some 23 knots depending on load and conditions. A trailing gear pumps for single engine use to reduce fuel burn and engine hours which has resulted in very low hours for the total distance cruised. Another beneficial feature is the hydraulic mast that folds for clearance under, for example, bridges in Perth with a height of 7.3 metres at HAT.
The hull offers excellent all-round performance with good seakeeping abilities in line with its potential for long-range cruising. Inherent stability is enhanced by ABT Trac Star stabilisers when underway and a Zero Speed stabiliser system when at rest. The stabilisers have been upgraded three sizes to make this Horizon exceptionally comfortable in seagoing capability.
Fuel tankage totalling 12,700 litres ensures a range to handle almost any planned adventures. Water tankage of 1900 litres is augmented by a pair of custom water-makers that can deliver over 10,000 litres a day. Twin 27kVA Onan generators provide both a degree of redundancy and enough power for all the onboard systems; catalytic converters have been fitted to the gensets to avoid diesel scum marking the sides of the vessel.
The three deck levels have a number of discreet areas for relaxing, dining, entertaining and the joys of self-skippering if those are sought. The upper level has an enclosed flybridge or ‘Skylounge’ forward with a superior, fully nav-aid-equipped helm station featuring top-of-the-line Furuno GPA-330B GPS with a matching depth sounder (360 degree full-time scan sonar with FLIR digital imaging) and radar plus a Navpilot 700 auto-pilot. An anchor camera, Octoplexships control system and Maretronships monitoring system add to the extensive information available to the skipper at all times, while manoeuvring is simplified by 55hp bow and stern thrusters. Security when at rest in remote havens is offered by twin 80kg Ultra anchors. Convenience comes from a two-pack 10-year antifoul application along with ultra-sonic hull cleaners, whilst comfort at the helm for the skipper, navigator and any privileged guest is provided by triple electric-adjustable custom-made helm chairs plus a day-head in the pilothouse.
Accompanying the helm station on the Skylounge level are generous settees and facilities for family and guests that extend aft onto an open-air deck that provides shelter for the cockpit below. The latter flows forward into the saloon that dominates the main or centre deck with every convenience and a delightful galley suitable for anything from a quick snack to a gourmet feast. For this E88, the saloon door was moved forward two feet to create a much larger aft cockpit entertaining area.
Miele equipment highlights the galley with a KM6383 stove and steam oven, a H5080BM microwave, a G 5935 SCI XXL dishwasher and FW 9752i freezer as well as a Sub-Zero 700+ fridge. There’s a wine cooler and trash compactor too, plus a Miele washer with a Bosch dryer.
The lower deck has three cabins spread through the front half of the hull, forward of the engine room, with the owner’s stateroom full-beam amidships, another large VIP double-bed stateroom right forward, each with an ensuite (a Hamann waste treatment plant has been installed), and a twin-berth cabin. As well, there is a utility room with a laundry and a cool room with fridge and freezer. The fit and finish throughout are exemplary with pleasing fabrics and cabinetry. A separate self-contained accommodation area is aft on this level for crew (or extra guests) and features plenty of storage for spares and tools including a built-in set of Sidchrome tools. Across the transom is a stern door into a garage or extra storage area which, on this E88, has a Bauer Junior II dive compressor and storage for diving tanks. There is a brand new HiLo platform for a PWC as well.
Marine Air air con systems maintain comfortable temperatures and humidity through the E88 even in tropical climes, while a Bose Lifestyle V35 stereo system radiates tunes to suit any inclination. Other useful features include electric blinds in the saloon, master stateroom and flybridge, a Steelhead SM 2000 davit crane, a Teppanyaki barbecue and a large aft-deck fridge.
This Horizon E88 Skylounge has just been anti-fouled, Prop-Speeded, cut and polished, its Teak sanded and the engine room cleaned so that it presents to a very high standard and performs even better. It is supported by Horizon Yacht Australia in Sanctuary Cove, where an extensive range of vessel maintenance amenities are available along with a wide-ranging brokerage facility. HYA prides itself on providing services with convenience and confidence.
Location Sanctuary Cove, Qld
Length Overall 27.13m (89ft 4in)
Beam 6.40m (21ft)
Draft 1.7m (5ft 7in)
Weight approx. dry 90,000kg
Sleeping Capacity 8 + 4 crew
Generators 2x Onan 27kW
Engines Twin MTU V12 1920hp
Manufacturer Horizon Yachts, Taiwan
Horizon Yacht Australia
44C The Promenade
Sanctuary Cove, Qld, 4212
P (07) 5577 9009