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Horizon Power Catamarans PC52 (2022-)
The mission of the Horizon PC52 is to provide a premium-level cruising catamaran to distinguished customers that recognize the increased value of the brand.
2 x 550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7
Horizon PC52: Quality Breeds Reliability
Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve
Horizon Yachts builds premium-level cruising catamarans with an upscale level of everything the company does. Inside are top-of-the-line treatments and finishings and the best equipment. The company creates its powercats from an empty sheet of paper. These yachts were not “morphed” from a sailing cat but designed from their inception as power catamarans. They were never expected to sail at 50-45 degrees to the wind at 8 knots. Rather than removing a “trampoline” from the bow and adding a deck, Horizon Yachts creates a hull designed to run into seas with a wave breaker that prevents slamming from the waves and more importantly, the sneeze effect of air being trapped between the hulls and forced out the front with a spray.
The mission of the Horizon PC52 is to provide a premium-level cruising catamaran to distinguished customers that recognize the increased value of the brand. These are yachts that are not rushed to market but run through extensive sea trials to ensure that the finished product is as close to cruise-ready as possible, even to the point of supplying everything from dinnerware and bedding to lines and fenders.
- High-performance fuel-efficient hull design
- Stability of a 22’ (6.75 m) beam
- Air-conditioned flying bridge
- Panoramic views from flying bridge and main decks
- Proven durability
- Sleek clean lines
- Premium finishes and amenities
- Three staterooms/two heads
- Expansive walkaround decks
- Class-leading navigation electronics
- Hi-end appliances
- Separate bow thruster
- Optional solar power with Lithium batteries
- Service and support on five continents
- Optional layouts allow an open salon or main deck master
- Remarkable resale value
The interior is accessed through a stainless-steel sliding glass door that opens 39” (99.06 cm). The galley is aft and to port putting it between the two main deck social zones. The huge counter space is supplemented with a large counter to port that can function as a serving area. Storage is underneath. Except for the Fisher Paykel dishwasher, all galley appliances are from Miele and include a wine chiller. The stove is propane as requested by the owner. Overhead clearance is 6’8” (2.03 m).
The expansive counter has three bar stools for casual dining. Each is on a Z-shaped pedestal allowing them to swing away from the counter while remaining fixed to the deck.
The salon is up a 7” (17.78 cm) step and features an L-shaped sofa surrounding a triangular hi-lo solid wood table. Wraparound windows provide a 360-degree panoramic view. Two companionways can be seen to port. Also to the port hand side, there's a 50” (127 cm) TV on a manual lift. Above is a Sonos sound system that is connected to the whole boat allowing control of all the music, TVs, stereos… everything from your smartphone through all the zones about the boat. Overhead hatches lead to service points so there’s no need to break out the tools and remove ceiling components. All of this can be replaced with a main-deck master suite.
The aft deck measures 21’5” x 13’11” (6.53 m x 4.24 m) with a 6’8” (2.03 m) overhead. There’s a beautifully finished table on two fixed pedestals. A bench seat runs across the backside and then removable chairs occupy the front. There’s teak decking. A refreshment center is ahead and to starboard. It includes a sink, counter space plus a refrigerator and icemaker below.
The flybridge features start with a boat deck and because it's a catamaran with a 22’ (6.71 m) beam we can fit and good-sized tender, 14’ (4.27 m) with a 60-hp outboard in this case. It’s handled with the 1,100-lb. (499 kg) capacity crane that can carry it over the side of the stern. Ahead is a large freezer next to a cabinet that houses the flybridge AC.
We move inside through an Isinglass bulkhead but we can order a solid bulkhead with a door making this a true four-season cruiser. There’s a table aft and to starboard with two movable chairs to each side. Ahead is a double-wide forward-facing seat that converts into a 55” x 76” (139.7 cm x 193.04 cm) lounge. To port is L-seating wrapping around a high-gloss solid wood table on two fixed pedestals.
The helm is center-mounted with a panel that consists of dual 16” (40.64 cm) displays. Below are the engine display, electrical switches over to the left-hand side, a Garmin autopilot and a tri-data display. Being a cruising yacht, redundancy is paramount. We have electrical/hydraulic steering, a steering backup plus the steering that can be controlled from the autopilot. That makes three redundant systems.
The 107.63 sq ft (10 sq m) master stateroom takes up the entire forward section of the starboard hull and includes a private ensuite aft. The berth is mounted forward and athwartships on a raised platform to accommodate the narrow hull below. There’s 6’4” (1.93 m) of overhead clearance leaving 39” (99.06 cm) above the 80” x 69” (203.2 cm x 175.26 cm) berth. Huge hullside windows allow plenty of natural light and give stunning views to wake up to. A slider can close off the entry companionway and when doing so, it exposes plenty of hanging locker space.
Aft is the head and it’s fully featured, including a separate shower stall. This customer requested a shower wand rather than a rainfall. The sink is mounted atop the counter. A mirrored cabinet houses storage and more is below the counter.
The VIP is to port and has the same layout as the master to starboard. Overhead clearance is 6’5” (1.96 m), which leaves 42” (106.68 cm) over the 78” x 60” (198.12 cm x 152.4 cm) berth. Just outside the entrance and past the companionway is an ensuite. This has another entrance to the guest quarters, allowing it to serve that stateroom and be utilized as a day head.
At the base of the separate companionway for the guest stateroom, there’s a stacked washer/dryer. The guest stateroom is further aft and includes a double berth arrangement but this can be swapped out for a queen at customer request.
Horizon’s business model states that “quality breeds reliability” and that gets proven by its lack of service calls, one of many differentiating factors when compared to competitive brands. With that said, there are very few competitive brands on the level of a Horizon. It could be argued that they’re the most expensive on the block, but the level of commitment justifies the additional expense. Commitment to the build, commitment to the fit and finish and commitment to the after-purchase relationship. These are the hallmarks of Horizon Yachts and the company simply will not waver on them.