Taiwanese shipyard Horizon Yachts has announced the launch of a new E78 open bridge motoryacht that has been designed specifically for the U.S. market. She features a three stateroom layout and an innovative exterior design element: a hydraulic flybridge hardtop that lowers the overall height of the boat by a 8 feet.
Accommodation on board consists of a full beam master suite, a VIP cabin and a twin cabins. On the main deck, her fully-equipped galley is centrally located between the aft main salon and forward pilothouse with a full helm; the open flybridge provides a secondary helm for open-air piloting as well as a place to entertain with a wet bar and dinette. The hydraulic Hi/Lo swim platform extends the E78 to 84 feet in total length.
Powered by twin CAT C32 1600HP engines, she has a cruising speed of 19 knots and reaches a top speed of 25 knots at full load.
“At Horizon, we pride ourselves in providing creative solutions to the design and usability issues that our clients face,” said Roger Sowerbutts, Director of Horizon Yacht USA. “We understand that many who boat up North in the summer, specifically in the Great Lakes area, are restricted in their cruising locations, and in the size yacht they can enjoy, due to fixed bridge heights. This location-specific design we created for the E78, with her unprecedented hydraulic hardtop, was our answer to that problem, and she retains features that will appeal to boaters in the more southern areas such as Florida and the Bahamas as well.”
The E78 successfully completed her sea trial in Kaohsiung and is scheduled to be delivered to the United States in mid-May as an available yacht for sale.