The Horizon PC60 is a power catamaran laid out to entertain a crowd in multiple gathering areas for a dockside cocktail reception or pamper the owning couple and four guests during a cruise.
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Horizon PC60: Upscale Catamaran for Distinguished Customers
Captain's Report by Capt. Steve
Horizon Yachts builds premium-level cruising catamarans with an upscale level of fit and finish throughout the yacht. Even the appliances and electronics packages that are offered with this beautiful yacht are top-of-the-line.
A major differentiating factor with Horizon as a company is that its yachts are not starting out life as sailing catamarans and then repurposed into cruising cats. These start from a clean drafting board. That means that they were never expected to sail at 50-45 degrees to the wind at 8 knots. Nor do they have a repurposed trampoline in the center of the bow.
Instead, Horizon designs its hulls to run into seas. Under the bow deck and between the hulls is 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 PC60 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 painstakingly built and 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” (6.86 m) beam
- Air-conditioned flying bridge
- Panoramic views from the flying bridge and main decks
- Proven durability
- Premium finishes and amenities
- Optional layouts
- Four staterooms/three heads
- Three staterooms/three heads, on-deck master
- Expansive walkaround decks
- Class-leading navigation electronics
- High-end appliances
- Optional solar power with Lithium batteries
- Service and support on five continents
- Remarkable resale value
Double doors from the aft deck open to a full width of 6’ (1.83 m). The galley is aft and to starboard and between the two main deck social zones. It measures 18’8” x 15’9” (5.69 m x 4.8 m). There’s massive counter space to the main L-shaped galley and the island with three stools on offset swivels. Storage is underneath. Except for the Fisher Paykel dishwasher, all galley appliances are from Miele and include a wine chiller. Overhead is a stylized ceiling with high gloss wood trim.
To port is a sofa with storage ahead and behind. The forward storage includes a wine chiller and aft storage includes a cabinet for stemware. Massive windows surrounding the entire deck keep the area well bathed in natural light and provide nearly 360 degrees of outstanding waterfront views.
With the fit and finish, Horizon is second to none. All wood is quarter-sawn walnut and all edges are trimmed with an inlay piece of solid walnut. Horizontal surfaces are treated with 16 coats of gloss finish (with a gloss factor of 91.1) while vertical surfaces are satin.
The salon is raised 14” (35.56 cm) and accessed from two steps from the main deck. It includes two sofas and a barrel chair, all surrounding an upholstered coffee table with storage inside. Wraparound windows provide a 360-degree panoramic view. Overhead height increases here to 7’10” (2.39 m) and there are two hatches that add to the natural light and can be opened to provide ventilation. To the port hand side, there's a 58” (147.32 cm) TV on an electric lift. This is connected to a Sonos sound system that is, in turn, connected to the whole boat. It can be controlled via a smartphone allowing customization of every zone on the yacht. All of this can be replaced with a main-deck master suite.
The aft deck features seating for eight around a beautifully finished table on two fixed pedestals. A bench seat runs across the back side of the cockpit and there’s teak decking. A refreshment center is ahead and to starboard. It includes a sink, counter space with a refrigerator and an icemaker below. Above is a TV.
The flybridge features start with a boat deck that has 17’6” (5.33 m) between the rails, which means we can fit a 16’ (4.88 m) with a 100-hp outboard attached. It’s handled with the 1,500 lb. (680.39 kg) capacity crane that can carry it over the side of the stern. Ahead is a grilling area with freezer storage alongside.
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 L-shaped seating to the starboard side wrapping around a solid wood table on twin high low pedestals. Ahead is a double-wide forward-facing seat that converts into a lounge. This is mirrored on the opposite side of the center-mounted helm. Abaft to port is a full wetbar with a 43” (109.22 cm) drop-down TV overhead.
The helm is center-mounted with a panel that consists of triple displays. Below is 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 so we have electrical/hydraulic steering and steering backup plus the steering that can be controlled from the autopilot. That makes three redundant systems.
Stairs leading to the master have 7” (17.78 cm) risers that feel remarkably natural and homelike. Handrails, which are commonly leather-wrapped stainless, are fabricated from hardwood. A slider can close off the stateroom and there are doors to conceal a Miele washer and dryer. Across is storage under a hullside window.
The 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. Hullside windows allow plenty of natural light and give stunning views to wake up to.
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.
Options to Consider
- Dockmate remote docking
- Solar power and Lithium battery
- Stern Thruster
- Hydraulic Swim Platform
With 30 years of luxury yacht design behind the company, Horizon’s business model states that “quality breeds reliability.” That gets proven by the simple fact that service calls are few and far between.
It could be argued that Horizon yachts are certainly expensive, 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.