Horizon Yachts underway with E98 motor yacht build

Written by Charl van Rooy

Taiwanese shipyard Horizon Yachts are busy with the construction of its largest E series motor yacht - the Horizon E98. The shipyard will be ready to deliver the yacht to a repeat Horizon owner early next year.

The E98 is the next step in the E series from the smaller E88. Swedish designer John Lindblom styled the high performance hull with elegant and timeless lines to match the E98’s high cruising speed and offshore cruising capabilities. The yacht is just as suited for laid back cruising with a 6-foot draft allowing her to reach shallower cruising grounds and anchorages.

The first E98 is built with an open bridge layout, but a second enclosed skylounge version is also available. Hull number one is to be fitted with a forward windshield and side panels allowing crew to convert this open space into an enclosed air-conditioned area.

β€œThe new Horizon E98 motoryacht, with her extensive indoor and outdoor spaces, flexible interior configurations and numerous amenities, truly fits a market that we have seen arise in the last few years ... clients who are not yet ready to make the leap to 110-foot plus yachts but are searching for something larger than 90 feet,” said Horizon Group CEO, John Lu.

Named Do It Now, she is equipped with twin CAT 1900hp engines and is estimated to achieve a top speed of 22.5 knots at half load.

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