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Horizon Power Catamarans PC52 Review



Brief Summary

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.

Specifications

Length Overall 51' 6"
15.7 m
Beam 22'
6.71 m
Dry Weight 60,451 lbs.
27,420 kg
Draft 4' 3"
1.3 m
Fuel Capacity 800 gallons
3,028 L
Water Capacity 270 gallons
1,022 L

Engine Options

Std. Power 2 x 550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7

Captain's Report

Horizon PC52: Quality Breeds Reliability

Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve

Horizon 52 PC Running shot

The PC52 from Horizon is a premium-level powered catamaran with many upscale treatments.

Brief Summary

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. 

Mission

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. 

Major Features

  • 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

Boat Inspection

Main Deck

Horizon PC52 Main Deck Layout

The main deck has a galley aft and to starboard with the salon forward.  There’s a single entrance to starboard to the master. The guest and VIP staterooms get separate companionways to port.

Galley

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. 

Horizon 52PC Galley

The galley is to starboard and appliances from Miele befit the upscale treatments.

Horizon 52PC Buffet

A buffet area is to port and notice the glass door to the stemware storage.  Additional storage is below the counterwork.  We can also see the wine chiller in the galley in this shot.   

Salon

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. 

Horizon 52PC Salon

The salon is ahead and offers panoramic views.  Two companionways are to port.  The large cabinet to port also houses a TV on a manual lift. 

Horizon 52PC Salon and Galley

The proximity of the galley to the salon makes this an ideal entertainment venue.  Notice the barstools at the oversized counter. 

Aft Deck

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.

Horizon 52PC Cockpit

The cockpit is spacious and focused on seating at the high-gloss solid wood table. 

Horizon PC52 cockpit refreshment center

The refreshment center includes a sink, fridge and icemaker.  Storage is above.  To port is a utility closet that comes fully stocked from Horizon. 

Flying Bridge

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. 

Horizon 52PC Flying bridge layout

The Horizon 52PC flying bridge is not only an operational station but a welcoming social zone.  A forward-facing convertible starboard seat allows guests to share the same view as the captain. 

Helm

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. 

Horizon 52PC helm

The flying bridge helm is the only control station on the PC52.  The entire console is hinged for easy installations. 

Accommodations

Horizon 52PC lower deck layout

The Horizon PC52 accommodations level has the master to starboard and the guest and VIP staterooms to port.  Notice that the master and VIP berths are virtually mirror images of one another. 

Master

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. 

Horizon 52PC master stateroom

The master berth faces hullside windows and storage is seemingly everywhere.  The upscale fit and finish continues here with premium treatments all around. 

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.    

VIP

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. 

Horizon 52PC VIP

The VIP is a mirror of the master but located over to the port hull. 

Guest Stateroom

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 52PC Laundry

A stacked laundry is just outside of the guest stateroom.  Notice the private entrance. 

Observations

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.