Superyacht of the Week: sensational Skyline

Written by Charl van Rooy

One of the most customised and overdeveloped yachts to come from Horizon’s sheds in Taiwan is also one of their latest deliveries, the 27.5-metre motor yacht Skyline. With her powerful blue hull and range of firsts for the yard in this size of yacht, the requests from Skyline’s owner had the shipyard not only modify their existing FD85 platform on which it is built, but instead add an entirely new model to their FD range of yachts that is now know as the FD87. I join her designer, Cor D. Rover, on board in Miami where he shows me the most prolific changes that make Skyline a new breed of yacht.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Jim Raycroft / Horizon Yachts

Commissioned by a pair of active owners, Skyline had to meet the demands that go with an itinerary involving non-stop watersports fun, hosting large groups of family and friends, and outdoor spaces from which to enjoy the natural surroundings while at the same time delivering extreme comfort at sea for her guests. It was Horizon’s FD85 that first caught the owner’s eye and soon became a starting point of what he envisioned his perfect pocket superyacht would look like.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Jim Raycroft / Horizon Yachts

Familiar with Cor D. Rover’s work from owning a smaller yacht designed by the Dutch studio, the owner worked together with Rover and the shipyard to create the largest yacht possible based on the FD85 platform. The first challenge was to develop an entirely new upper deck in order to accommodate a full beam skylounge. The result is a stylish interconnected wheelhouse and upper saloon that serves as a casual chill-out zone for when underway or ending off the night with close friends and family.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Horizon Yachts

From here, guests also have access to the foredeck where they can spend the day out of sight from crew and other guests to enjoy sunbathing, intimate lunches or reading that long overdue book in absolute peace and quiet.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Jim Raycroft / Horizon Yachts

Back inside, the skylounge opens up onto the upper aft deck with its own Jacuzzi and large boat deck to store the tender when underway. This space is perfect for entertaining when in port or at anchor and can be transformed into a fully fledged party deck without much hassle.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Horizon YachtsSkyline top deck

Two grand staircases lead down onto the main deck aft, continuing the true superyacht feel of this 90-footer. Here you pass by a comfortable lounge setup and head straight into the main saloon. Inside, light Anegre wood and complimentary white lacquered surfaces have been used as the main palette to create a soothing and natural setting for the interior that runs throughout the yacht. The design team achieved a true loft style of living here with open windows, contemporary steel accents and an open plan galley that overlooks the entire living and dining area.Skyline main aft deck Skyline saloon

The galley can be enclosed with a sliding divider for privacy in the living room or kept open for a more family-style experience on board.Horizon Skyline FD87 galleyPhoto: Horizon Yachts

The master suite sleeping quarter is placed forward on the main deck but cleverly leads down to the ensuite bathroom on the lower deck for a split-level apartment arrangement. This allows for greater space in the cabin that is accentuated by the flanking oversized windows and skylight in the deckhead above the bed.Skyline stateroom Horizon Skyline FD87 master bathroomPhoto: Horizon Yachts

The comfort is continued downstairs in four guest cabins, two of which are twins and another two double.Skyline guests's cabin

Another special request from her owner was to develop a beach club area for Skyline that would double the usability of the narrow swim platform. Rover managed to clear the space by moving the tender to the upper deck and installed a handy day galley, bar setup and corner lounger that turns this deck into a waterside oasis for young and old.Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Jim Raycroft / Horizon YachtsSkyline beach clubSkyline beach club

On a technical note, Skyline is based on an efficient hull with a High Performance Piercing Bow (HPPB) at its front designed to deliver increased speeds, reduced fuel usage and an overall more comfortable ride in choppy conditions. With the twin Caterpillar engines fitted in the engine room, Skyline’s captain has up to 16.6 knots of speed at his disposal and a fuel tank big enough for a full week of cruising!Horizon Skyline FD87Photo: Horizon Yachts



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