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Horizon Power Catamarans PC74 (2018-)

Brief Summary

Horizon Yachts has been building premium-level yachts for nearly 30 years now, and the lineup ranges from 52’ - 150’ (15.85 m - 45.72 m) and across eight different styles, from ultra-luxury to expedition cruisers. Since 2013, the company has ventured into mass-marketed, multi-hulled cruisers, and they were an instant success starting with the PC60 (originally called the 58). The smaller PC52 followed shortly after, and now, the time has come to expand the line in the opposite direction. Enter the PC74, reigning queen of the cat fleet and super yacht equivalent of what a luxury power catamaran can be. She has eye-catching dock appeal and interior accommodations that rival much larger traditional yachts.

Key Features

  • Large bar with five bar stools, 2 x freezers, fridge, ice maker, basin, TV, and an additional dryer
  • Separate BBQ area
  • Crane and dinghy stowage
  • Gourmet galley
  • Full beam master stateroom, en suite bathroom and walkaround king-size bed, vanity and sofa
  • Leather salon L-shaped sofa and two swivel chairs
  • Two en suite king-size VIP staterooms
  • Third en suite guest cabin for couples or singles


Length Overall 73' 9" / 22.48 m
Beam 28' 4"
8.63 m
Dry Weight N/A
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 5' 11"
1.80 m
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 2,000 gal.
7,570 L
Water Capacity 400 gal.
1,514 L
Total Weight N/A


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Engine Options

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Std. Power 2 x 1136-hp CAT C18ACERT
Opt. Power Not Available

Captain's Report

Contents of Report

Horizon PC74 Four Design Elements

Horizon entered the power cat market with four design elements: efficiency, performance, luxury, and space.


Catamarans are an increasingly popular choice for cruisers. They offer a lot that traditional mono-hulled designs simply cannot. And long gone are the days of having just a large salon with claustrophobic cabins squished into the hulls. Nowadays, the cat staterooms rival the luxury of much larger yachts, as does the space. Clearly, this design has come into its own, and as of late it’s a “take no prisoners” approach to garnering market share.

Horizon PC74 Displacement Mode

As with most cruising boats, the PC74 does her best when she’s cruising in displacement mode… Slow and far.

The first version to leave the shipyard is an open flybridge design, with an enclosed version to follow as a natural progression of the design. With her whopping 28’4” (8.63 m) beam, she’ll have the interior dimensions of a comparatively larger mono-hull yacht, we would even say in the 90’ - 95’ (27.43 m - 28.96 m) range. Or, put another way, that means the master and two guest staterooms get king-sized beds. There are five staterooms total, all with ensuites, with one of them being a possible crew accommodation for three. The aft deck can seat 10 while the formal dining can seat eight. And since she’s clearly smaller and lighter than the typical yacht with these features, smaller engines for a fraction of the performance costs can power her, in this case twin 1136-hp CAT C18 ACERTs. The props are in tunnels and protected by a keel forward.


The two symmetrical semi-displacement hulls include “planing wedges” (what we normally refer to as running pads) at the stern. Hydrodynamic design suite software allowed for virtual tank testing the PC74 throughout the design phase and helped determine the final hull form. It consists of narrow entries and a wedge angle that diverges to the point where the crests come together well aft. This creates hull pressure recovery and adds to the lift of the planing wedges.

Another interesting design feature is the “wave breaker” between the hulls. This is basically a V-shape added to the underside of the space between the hulls. We’ve seen it at the bow of other cats, but here it continues well aft. The resulting benefit is to not only add buoyancy in a seaway, but to better disperse waves entering between the hulls and avoid the sneeze effect when a buildup of pressure causes spray to exit out the front and up onto the bow.

Exterior Features Inspection

Swim Platform(s)

The swim platforms are separated into two sections, as seems to be the norm for a twin-hulled boat. Both of the extensions aft of the hulls provide a spot to relax at whenever the PC74 isn’t underway. Between these two platforms is another section, this time teak covered, and a hydraulic feature allows for conversion to a teak beach or even storing and launching a PWC. We can wash off after coming out of the water thanks to the standard shower.

Aft Deck

The aft deck is accessed from either the twin stairs from the swim platform or through side doors to the port and starboard bulwarks. It is here that the PC74’s 28’4” (8.63 m) beam really starts to come into play. Where we normally see seating ahead of an aft bench, here, while the bench is still present, there is additional seating to both sides of the table just ahead. In this manner, we can seat not only 10 people for dining, but also another four at the aft seating. LED courtesy lights are under the bench. Ahead are a TV and a bar that includes a fridge, icemaker, and a single basin sink. Decking is all teak.

Horizon PC74 Spacious Aft Deck

The aft deck is spacious and comfortable. Bring enough chairs to the table and we can seat 10 for al fresco dining. And that’s without utilizing the aft bench seat.

Horizon PC74 Lighting

The aft bench has indirect lighting underneath. Ahead is dedicated space for the TV.

Storage solutions abound here. Two side cabinets flank the bench seat. A large storage locker is under the stairs to the flying bridge. There’s storage for up to 12 dive tanks and additional storage is in the sole compartment.

The entire area is protected from the extended overhead that is well populated with LED lighting. Two stainless steel stanchions support the overhead at the aft end.

Flying Bridge

The open flying bridge of the PC74 is focused on entertaining with a nod towards a central operating station. This elevated deck is accessed from a set of stairs to the port side of the aft deck. Once at the top of the stairs, it’s clear that this will be a remarkably popular spot for crowds to gather in.

Looking ahead, there are two separate gathering venues. To port is a large solid wood table on a set of twin stainless pedestals. Movable deck chairs supplement a wraparound bench. This arrangement makes al fresco dining an inviting prospect, and for entertaining in this area, one need only look across to the starboard side.

Horizon PC74 Entertaining Area

Clearly, this area was designed for entertaining. Notice the swivel pedestals to the bar stools that allow them to be closer or farther from the bar. The foot rail adds to the comfort.

Horizon PC74 Large Sofa

The large sofa wraps around a massive hardwood table on dual pedestals. Just aft we can see the top of the stairs. Ahead is the sun pad.

To starboard is a curving wet-bar that truly shares the qualities of any shore-based bar. Five bar stools are mounted to fixed bases with Z-shaped pedestals that can swivel closer to or farther from the bar. A stainless foot rail surrounds the bar. There’s more than ample counter space for serving. Behind the bar we find twin freezers, a fridge, the requisite icemaker, a single basin stainless steel sink, and a TV. Ahead and to port is a sun pad, but it is under the protection of the hardtop.

Horizon PC74 Storage

Behind the bar is plenty of storage and refrigeration. Notice how the TV is not added as an afterthought but given a dedicated space.

Moving aft, there’s a spacious boat deck that can store a RIB tender. Launch this with the crane, and the open area can accommodate chaise lounges, deck chairs, or just remain open as a gathering area/dance floor.

Ahead and to port is a grilling station. To starboard is a convenient feature to have on an elevated deck: a day head. This one even includes a shower.

Horizon PC74 Grilling Station

Here we can see the aft grilling station on the flying bridge. The door to the right side is the day head.

Horizon PC74 Day Head

The day head is conveniently located, and notice it also serves as a wet head for showering off.


Fully forward is the helm station, and it is in fact the only helm on the 74, which is a strong argument for an enclosed flying bridge. Certainly, we can fit the bridge with isinglass that would provide three-season cruising, but with the cruising capability of this yacht, warmer climates will likely be the norm regardless of the time of year.

The center-mounted helm is based on the glass-dash concept with triple 21” (53.3 cm) screens on the upper panel. The lower panel includes the twin CAT displays, autopilot, and all electrical switches. A pair of Stidd pedestal seats accommodates the operator and observer. An additional forward-facing seat is to the starboard side.

Horizon PC74 Symmetrical Side Decks

Either of the symmetrical side decks lead to the bow where there are two sun pads, adjustable to chaise lounges, and two seats at the forward rail.

Interior Features Inspection

Center mounted doors lead us to the interior, which continues fully forward on a single level, that includes the master stateroom. Visibility is through a pair of side windows with wide mullions that will support the deck above. A fabric-covered overhead with recessed lighting to the sides separates highly-polished valances. Decking is wide-planked mahogany.

Horizon PC74 Floor Plan

Just inside the entrance, we have a good view of the open floor plan of the main deck. The salon seating is to the left, galley to the right, and dining just ahead. Notice the two sets of stairs to the sides of the dining area leading to the lower deck accommodations. The door ahead and to the right leads to the master stateroom.

Horizon PC74 Aft Doors

The aft doors open doublewide to seamlessly blend the interior with the exterior. Tri-tones of wood blend with the natural lighting to make an eye-pleasing and comfortable gathering space.


Immediately upon entering, the salon is to port. A leather L-shaped sofa wraps around a high-gloss finished solid wood coffee table with open and enclosed storage underneath. A pair of barrel-type chairs to the opposite side of the table adds to the opposing conversational atmosphere.

Horizon PC74 Leather Seating

The salon has L-shaped leather seating and two barrel-style chairs. Notice the wide-planked decking.


Across to starboard is the galley with a bar and four barstools. The layout is that of a narrow walkway with counters to both sides, the breakfast bar being one of them. The galley is also accessible from the front and rear, so there are no dead ends to deal with. As with the flying bridge bar, the barstools are on Z-shaped pedestals that allow pivoting in and out as well as the lower foot rail. The galley is fully featured with high-end appliances. Under the bar side of the galley are the refrigerated drawers and wine chiller. To starboard are the induction cooktop, convection oven, and plenty of storage. Further aft is a large pantry.

Horizon PC74 Galley Storage

The galley features plenty of storage solutions, including a walk-in pantry.

Horizon PC74 Spacious Working Stations

The galley is narrow but the working stations are spacious. Refrigerated drawers and plenty of storage are the order here. Notice the stairs ahead to the lower deck.

Dining Room

The open floor plan complements the wide beam of the main deck and further eliminates any thoughts of this being a boat in the 73’ (22.3 m) range, as it appears much larger. That said, as the single level continues forward, we come to the more formal dining area. This time, we have seating for eight. The fabric overhead now continues forward and then down the front bulkhead. To the sides of the bulkhead are glassware storage cabinets with additional storage underneath. The wide-planked decking also continues here, and we could easily envision an area rug placed strategically either here or in the salon area.

Horizon PC74 Open Layout

The dining area is part of the open layout. Notice the storage at the bulkhead just ahead.

Horizon PC74 Interior Decoration

The interior is lavishly decorated. The overhead fabric is a theme repeated throughout the yacht. Ahead is the stairway to the port accommodations. Another is opposite.

Master Stateroom

Ahead and to starboard is the entrance to the forward master stateroom, still on the same level as the rest of the main deck. It’s full beam with a stunning view normally reserved for a command bridge. In other words, windows provide a full panoramic view out the sides and ahead.

Horizon PC74 Main Deck Master

Here’s a trend we’re seeing more and more of: the main deck master positioned well forward for the best view and to receive plenty of natural light.

In the center of the stateroom is the king-sized berth with high gloss dark wood trim to both sides and continuing over the top. The same material that we saw in the salon area overhead is repeated behind and above the berth, as is the recessed lighting to the sides. The same dark wood surrounding the headboard comprises the cabinetry across the forward bulkhead under the windows. Nightstands are to both sides of the berth, and storage is underneath with drawer access to the sides. A walk-in closet is over to the far port side. To the forward port corner there is a nicely finished vanity. To the starboard side there is a settee, with an upholstered ottoman just in front. Once again, just having the space for placing an ottoman ahead of this settee is another testament to the possibilities afforded a yacht with this sort of beam.

Horizon PC74 Master Stateroom View

The master stateroom gets a view normally reserved for the captain.

Horizon PC74 Master Berth

The master berth is king-sized and nightstands are to both sides. Fabric first seen in the salon and dining areas is repeated here.

Horizon PC74 Starboard Side Settee

The master stateroom has a settee to the starboard side. We’ve seen this before in owner’s suites, but never with enough room for a separate ottoman. This is one of the many benefits of having such a wide beam.

The master head is accessed through a sliding pocket door to the port side of the berth. Decking is marble this time. A vanity includes the usual storage, sink, and mirror just above. The electric flush head is just between the vanity and the glass-enclosed walk-in shower.

Horizon PC74 Master Head Entrance

The master head entrance is just to the port side of the berth.

Lower Deck Accommodations

While we were impressed with the layout of the PC74 so far, it’s the lower deck accommodations that really blew our minds. Your typical 74’ (22.6 m) yacht will have four staterooms, one of which will be the master. A fifth crew cabin may be tucked into the stern in a remote location. Here there are five, including the master. On this level there are four, all ensuite.

The lower decks are accessed from ornate curving stairs to both sides of the main deck dining area. The treads are tri-toned wood with the darker carried to the curving bannister and trim of the bulkheads. Courtesy lights add subtle illumination for nighttime transitions.

Horizon PC74 Tri-Toned Woods

The lower deck accommodations are beautifully laid out with more of the tri-toned woods we see throughout the yacht.

Dual VIPs

Moving forward from the bottom of these stairs leads to mirror image staterooms. Both include king-sized berths accessed by walking past the inboard ensuite heads with walk-in showers. The beds are mounted athwartships. Hull side windows admit natural light. The same quality of fit and finish are present here, with dark woods surrounding the headboard and continuing up and across the overhead, much as we saw in the master. We’re also seeing the fabrics carried into this space as well.

Horizon PC74 VIP Staterooms

The VIP staterooms are spacious and well appointed. Berths are mounted athwartships.

Horizon PC74 King-Sized Berths

The two VIP staterooms offer king-sized berths with the same décor theme behind and above that we saw in the master.

Horizon PC74 Decking and Shower

The VIP head includes marble decking and a walk-in shower.

Dual Guests or Guest Crew

Walking down the port side and then turning aft, we come to the guest stateroom. This is laid out with twin berths that slide together to form a queen-sized single. The ensuite also includes a walk-in shower.

To the starboard side aft is another stateroom that consists of two berths, a single and a queen, both separated by the ensuite head compartment. Horizon will say that this is the crew space, but that flies in the face of the meager accommodations tucked away in the stern that the crew is usually relegated to. We would argue instead that this would be a fifth stateroom; the fourth for guests. It lacks for nothing and is still accessed from the main deck proper. With the PC74 still being within the realm of owner/operator classification thanks to its ease of operation, this stateroom being a guest makes even more sense. Besides, the owner of this yacht is bound to have an abundance of guests, so they may as well be comfy.


It’s hard to compete with a yacht that adds, possibly, a third other space to her interior than that of a traditional hulled yacht, but such is the benefit of a cat. They come with the downside of having to find berthing that can accommodate such a wide beam, but that’s a problem we’d all like to have. As for cruising capabilities, nothing can touch the cat design. They are renowned for their better sea keeping abilities and stability. Those are two qualities guests will appreciate long after the dock is left over the aft horizon.