Doesn’t every boatman, or boatwoman, worth the name at some point want to buy up and ship out? Just head offshore on a rugged voyager with no particular destination, other than somewhere on the far side of the somewhere? (If you’ve never felt like that, get off this website and find one on crochet or flower arranging.) And why not do it aboard a Horizon, maybe this new Bandido 66? Powered with twin 570-hp Caterpillar C12 diesels and carrying 2,360 gallons of fuel, the Bandido 66 has a cruising range of 2,700 miles at 7 knots – long enough to take you just about anywhere.
66' 11.3'' 20.4 m
19' 8'' 6.0 m
200,620 lbs. 8,958 L
6' 3.3'' 1.91 m
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2,367 gal. 8,958 L
400 gal. 1,514 L
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Designers serious about offshore cruising draw hulls with plenty of freeboard. The Bandido 66’s high bow will keep the decks free of green water in most conditions; even midships, freeboard is 5’1”. High bulwarks protect the side decks. The Portuguese bridge is a nice place to hang out at sea when the autopilot’s steering, but still stay within easy reach of the pilothouse. It also makes for easy access to the foredeck.
The Back Story
Horizon Yachts was started in 1987 by John Lu, a marine engineer from Kaoshiung, Taiwan, a world center of boatbuilding. Beginning with 30 employees, the hard-working Lu built Horizon into one of the world’s top-10 largest yacht builders. In the past 23 years he has delivered more than 600 yachts – 100 of them over 80 feet – with no two exactly alike. The company has won a raft of awards, too, including “Best Asian Yacht Motor Builder” several times (the last in 2009) and “Taiwan Yacht of the Year” in 2009, for the Horizon Elegance 120RP Espresso; the boat was also a finalist at the World Superyacht Awards in 2010. Horizon also launched Taiwan’s first solar-powered boat, the SunCat 23, last year.
The Bandido looks stocky in this profile, but is more graceful in real life. Note the deep skeg to provide both better tracking and protection for the twin props, both at sea -- there’s a lot of junk floating around in the ocean – and while exploring near-shore. The bulbous bow is engineered to maximize performance. Some people think bulbous bows don’t work in hulls this small, but model testing by the University of British Columbia at the B.C. Research Ocean Engineering Center, a center of bulbous bow technology, showed that bulbs can improve efficiency in hulls over 45 feet, and that “real gains” can be achieved in hulls over 60 feet that run at displacement speeds for extended periods, as in passage making. The bulb must be carefully designed to match the speed; one size and shape does not fit all.O.K., sign us on. The Bandido 66’s pilothouse is probably the most popular place onboard. The seats would make any skipper happy. This boat has a companion seat, which we like, but it appears a little to close. The console has room for all the electronics you need using a multi-screen display. Note that there are surfaces on both sides for laying out chart books, logs, etc. At sea, you wouldn’t have the décor stuff the high-paid photo “staging” designer added for this picture. Small pilothouse windows, and many of them, are typical of a serious offshore boat; note each has a wiper. Watertight doors on either side lead onto the Portuguese bridge. Sharing the pilothouse is a dinette, as is usual.
Horizon builds the Bandido 66 using state-of-the-art materials and methods. Hull, deck and superstructure are resin-infused using the SCRIMP process developed by Seeman Composites. In SCRIMP, all the dry reinforcement materials – essentially, fiberglass cloth and coring -- although several different kinds of cloth are used – are laid into the mold and vacuum-bagged. Then a carefully measured amount of resin is forced through the dry laminate to wet it out thoroughly, but without excess – too much resin just adds weight. The vacuum bag employs atmospheric pressure to clamp everything together. SCRIMP results in a strong, laminate with excellent bonding throughout the individual layers, and without excess weight.
The main deck arrangement makes travel straightforward between the pilothouse, galley, saloon and afterdeck. The galley, between the pilothouse and saloon, is convenient to both.
Who cares about weight, you ask, when the Bandido 66 tips the scales at 200,620 lbs.? What’s a little extra resin? Boats are designed to float at a given waterline, which means a given weight. If the builder can save a ton of unnecessary resin in the laminate, that’s another ton of stuff he can add for the owner’s pleasure without sinking the hull below its designed waterline. Even at displacement speeds, this makes a difference. The deeper the draft because of weight, the harder the boat is to push.The Bandido is very well-equipped, including hydraulic bow and stern thrusters, two Maxwell anchor winches, two Onan 17.5-kW gensets, hydraulic stabilizers, and so forth; all of this equipment is heavy, so weight is an issue even aboard a yacht of this displacement.
A U-shaped sofa is standard in the saloon; this Bandido has an L-version, which takes away some seating but makes access to the breakfast bar with its three stools a little easier. Cabinets on the starboard side hold audio/visual equipment; there’s a hi-lo lift for a TV, but no TV – it must be supplied by the owner. A teak-and-holly sole is standard; this boat has carpet. Note the cool overhead lighting.Maybe this owner likes the London gentlemen’s club effect, but we’d chose lighter colors in our Bandido 66’s galley. But even if you can’t see it, the galley is well-equipped with Siemans appliances, including a dishwasher. Freshwater capacity is 400 gallons, backed up by a Sea Recovery watermaker. There’s a washer/dryer aboard, too, in the lazarette where the crew can do the laundry. The watertight door leads onto the side deck, and we can’t figure out why this door was placed the by the owner. To us it just wastes counter and storage space. For a yacht sleeping six, plus crew, we think this dinette is a little small. We’d rather have a full-size dinette or dining table in the saloon, and use this for snacking. It’s in the portside aft corner of the pilothouse, handy for the on-duty helmsman and crew.Below decks, the Bandido 66 has a nice offshore arrangement, with the master cabin, amidships, and two guest cabins, each with head. At the boat’s easy cruising speed, the VIP cabin forward should be comfortable except in heavy seas. A crew cabin is aft.Dig that disco lighting in the master stateroom, maybe a little too 1980s Miami Beach for us. But there’s a lot of room here, both around the berth and in the head, which opens onto the stateroom via wide pocket doors. Closed, they expose full-length mirrors which preserve the feeling of space. A recessed cabinet in the bulkhead will hold a TV, again owner-supplied. The overhead is sound-insulated. Two oval and four round ports in the hullside provide some daylight when the Roman curtain are not down.The forward VIP guest stateroom with queen-sized island berth, a layout that’s ubiquitous. There’s little more room to move around the berth than we see on some boats this size. Remember, someone must make up this bed now and then. There’s plenty of headroom. Drawers under the berth and a hanging locker provide stowage, and there’s a TV cabinet.This is the crew’s country. A small crew cabin fitted with upper and lower single berths is just visible right of center in the photo. It has a TV, a hanging locker and its own head. Twin diesels – Caterpillars or MANs – live through the open watertight door. The black rubber floor provides good footing, and needs little maintenance. Mechanics won’t destroy it, either. There’s access from here both to the side deck and the aft “garage,” large enough for a tender or other toys. It has a hydraulic fold-down door, electric winch and rollers to launch and deploy small boats, and mounts for the swimming ladder which you can see stowed on the lazarette bulkhead.Passage making means spending lots of time in the engine room while underway at sea. For protection, Horizon installs rails around each diesel so the crew doesn’t take a header into a hot exhaust. There’s plenty of room between and around the engines for both routine maintenance and repairs. Notice the fuel filters are conveniently arrayed on the bulkhead between the engines. In heavy weather, gunk that usually stays on the bottom of the fuel tanks can be stirred up and pulled into the supply lines, clogging the filters. Somebody has to clean them even though the yacht’s motion can be, shall we say, “exuberant” under these conditions. Mounting the filters where they’re easy to reach is important. Anyone planning on serious cruising should have an Alfa Laval centrifugal force fuel filter in front of the Racors.The flying bridge has the dinette the designer left out of the saloon, with a hi-lo table, and an L-shaped bar to boot. In nice weather folks will probably eat all their meals up here. And if the weather isn’t nice, the Bandido 66 will take you somewhere else where the sun is shining. There’s room for a RIB aft; the hydraulic davit to launch and retrieve it is standard.There’s a barbecue and refrigerator in the wet bar under the hardtop, lots of lounging and stowage. The hardtop is available with an open panel and electric sliding canvas closure; also optional are a fold-down mast and teak decks. We wouldn’t want to keep them clean, and prefer nonskid fiberglass. For evenings, there’s indirect lighting under the seats.
This is a Displacement Boat
The downside to a yacht like the Bandido 66 is this: If you’re not planning a marathon voyage, it takes you a long time to get anywhere. For the price – a Bandido 66 scheduled to arrive in the U.S. at the end of this year costs $3.8 million – you can get a very nice, much faster short-range cruiser. (Horizon builds those, too.) But don’t expect that boat to take you thousands of miles across the sea.The Bandido’s top speed is 12 knots with standard power, the builder tells us. We have not tested the boat. He also says that at about 10 knots expect only 1250 miles of range. For trans-ocean passages, throttle back to 7 knots and more than double that, to 2700 mile, says Horizon. The LWL is 59’1” which means the efficient hull speed of this boat at 1.1 x the sq. rt. 59’ is 8.4 knots. It takes a lot of power to push a 200,000 lbs. (90,090 kgs.) boat like this to the upper range of displacement speed, and that means a high fuel burn. But 1250 miles will take you from New York to Bermuda with plenty left over (it’s about 650 miles), or Bermuda to the Bahamas, or all through the Caribbean with minimal refuelings. If you’ve got the time, Horizon’s got the boat, the Bandido 66. Just add your passage making dreams.
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