Pioneers in advanced technologies, Horizon’s talented and world-renowned team of naval architects and engineers are dedicated to innovation and to the creation of safe and durable yachts that exceed client expectations. Continuous research, development and improvement allows for the most advanced technologies available to be incorporated into the design, construction and operation of each Horizon-built yacht.
CNC Milling System
Computer numerical control (CNC) milling brings a new definition of precision to yacht manufacturing. The MR-125 Gantry Milling System is a yacht builder’s dream machine.
Working at high speeds and with precise measurements, the computer-driven milling system can create forms that are almost perfectly symmetrical and remarkably consistent. This results in vessels manufactured with exquisite lines built with the greatest efficiency, artistry and economy – benefits that are then passed along to the yacht owner.
In 1999, Horizon became the first authorized yacht builder in Asia to utilize SCRIMP (Seemann’s Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process), a construction method developed by the U.S. Navy as a means to increase a vessel’s strength and durability without adding weight or affecting performance. In 2004, Horizon developed an improved 3D resin infusion technology that transforms the original 2D resin flow on surfaces to 3D flow, which climbs up and down internal stiffeners, enabling the build of far larger structures than previously possible. In the past, the stiffeners could only be constructed through hand lamination, which meant increased weight and less structural integrity. By utilizing the infusion technology, the resin can flow in all directions instead of only in a planar direction, and the stiffeners can be integrated with the yacht during the infusion, making the yacht both stronger and lighter. Horizon broke the world record in 2005 with a 130ft (40m) hull and stiffeners infused in one shot, and, to date, Horizon has successfully produced five 130ft-plus (40M) hulls utilizing this improved 3D infusion technology.
In 2009, Horizon was certified by EADS (The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V, now the Airbus Group) through SAERTEX. The Group also received authorization to implement another advanced process technology called VAP (Vacuum Assisted Process). VAP is a breakthrough technology originally developed for aircraft manufacturing that can now also be applied to yacht construction. Without sacrificing the benefits of SCRIMP, VAP can more uniformly distribute resin and guarantee less air trapped within the composite.
In 2016, Atech successfully developed and patented an enhanced HYVER resin to be implemented with the infusion process that reduces potential print-through issues with FRP materials. Successfully utilized in the production of small-scale components, Atech has since further developed the HYVER resin application for the construction of large-scale components for Horizon yachts.
In 2020, Atech further refined its 3D infusion capabilities by introducing and patenting 6D vacuum infusion technology. This process infuses a yacht hull in a single shot but takes it a step further to consist both the 3D macro structure of the longitudinal girders and transverse frame and the 3D micro structure glass fabric cloth. This guarantees more efficient and even resin distribution throughout the lamination, thus ensuring a consistency of quality and allowing for the single-process construction of hulls over 140 feet.
6D Infusion Benefits:
Reduces the emission of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to nearly zero
Eliminates the chance for contamination or human error throughout the lamination process
Guarantees flawless and continuous resin distribution throughout the laminate
Accelerates resin distribution evenly throughout the lamination and allows for the single-shot infusion of hulls over 140 feet
Yields higher fiber-to-resin ratio, which means lighter and stronger composition
Ensures consistent quality and performance of parts
“Horizon Style” is the creative combination of the expertise of the world’s leading yacht designers coupled with the unparalleled proficiency of Horizon’s in-house team of professional naval architects. Using the most advanced visualization technology, such as 3D CAD and virtual reality, Horizon‘s design team works closely with clients to provide thoughtful design advice, fulfill lifestyle requirements, and ensure the reliability, safety and performance of every new Horizon motoryacht.
Horizon partners with the world’s leading designers and naval architects to create a range of yachts that embody style and sophistication. Horizon has expanded its fleet to consist 8 model series – E Series, EP Series, P Series, PC Series, RP Series, V Series, FD Series and CC Series – which are differentiated by their distinctive styles and features. Horizon continuously expands and improves upon each model series through innovation and client feedback.
Horizon’s international naval architecture and design partners:
At Horizon, we believe that stylish, comfortable and efficient living spaces are critical elements of a successful yacht design. Horizon offers an in-house design team to work closely with owners, ensuring the finished product suits their style and vision. We also collaborate with distinguished interior designers with the goal of creating personalized interior spaces for each Horizon client.
Backed by a highly trained and experienced team, Horizon possesses the engineering strength and technology to construct safe, durable and unique yachts that meet our clients’ most demanding requirements.
Flexibility in design and construction is one of the distinctive features that distinguishes Horizon from other yacht builders and allows for each yacht to be customized to suit the individual owner’s lifestyle. This level of customization would not be possible without the talents of Horizon’s dedicated team of highly skilled yacht building experts, each of whom is qualified and specialized in his field.
– Over 20 engineers with Masters degrees includes 11 in Naval Architecture
Over 40 engineers with Bachelor degrees includes 14 in Naval Architecture
Over 30 full-time front-line engineers with college degrees in specialized fields
An in-house interior design team that helps each owner detail and personalize their new Horizon, with flexibility and creativity as the driving forces
Hundreds of workers with more than 20 years’ experience, all with an unrivalled commitment to quality and integrity
Over 800 employees with abundant and relevant experience, qualified to build to DNV ((Det Norske Veritas – HSLC) class certification and MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) compliance
Backed by this experienced team, Horizon constructs safe, durable and unique yachts that meet our clients’ most demanding requirements. To date, Horizon has delivered over 780 yachts – more than 190 of these vessels are over 80 feet (24M) in length – and no two of these Horizon yachts are exactly alike. Each reflects its owner’s lifestyle and personality and is created with the care and dedication only achievable by a team of experts who are committed to customer satisfaction and long-term industry success.
Horizon builds each yacht to International Standards and is fully certified by the world’s leading classification societies, including DNV, BR, LR and ABS. Horizon is approved to build to Flag Code with MCA (Lloyd’s Register 3), USL (Uniform Shipping Laws), NK (Nippon Kaij Kyokai) and CNS (China National Standard) and adopts SOLAS, MARPOL, CORLEG and MLC construction standards. As members of the Super Yacht Builder’s Association (SYBAss) and the International Marine Organization (IMO), Horizon stays abreast of building trends and industry regulations.
Having delivered over 780 motoryachts, Horizon places great importance on the efficiency and hydrodynamic capabilities of every build. With a solid background in Fast Patrol and Navy ship design, the Horizon R&D team excels at producing full-displacement hulls; semi-displacement with or without bulbous bows; and semi-planing, fully-planing and high-performance racing hulls. Horizon uses both the traditional Tank Test simulation and the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis technique for all vessels to assure the maximum efficiency of each hull design.
In 2017, Horizon debuted a new bow design to be incorporated on the FD85 and FD87 skyline models. The new “High Performance Piercing Bow” (HPPB), saw across-the-board hydrodynamic improvements in both tank and CFD testing during the design stage. While alternative bow designs that feature protrusions work more efficiently at either high or slower speeds, the HPPB brings both efficiency at slower speeds and performance at higher speeds.
Horizon’s commitment to high-quality vessels guarantees state-of-the-art design, exceptional finish and excellent seakeeping. Each Horizon vessel is subject to stringent and continuous inspections at every stage of the build, from initial lay-up, fit and finish to the final installation of engineering systems.
Each of the four Horizon facilities is independently ISO 9001 approved and utilizes the most advanced technologies to assure quality throughout the production process. Horizon is recognized by the world’s leading classification societies, including Lloyd’s Register (LR), Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Nippon Kaij Kyokai (NK). Horizon is currently the only yacht builder in Asia that has obtained full DNV Class Classifications.
A tank test is comparable to a wind tunnel for aerospace and automobiles.
A variety of scale models of the hull design, from 1:8 to 1:12, are made and towed along a water-filled tank up to 1,000 feet (300M) in length. A towing cart equipped with sensors and microprocessors tows the model and collects results for computer analysis.
All Horizon yachts undergo resistance and wave-encountering tests in cooperation with international test tanks such as SSPA and HSVA as well as local academies including USDDC, NTU (National Taiwan University) and NTOU (National Taiwan Ocean University). A series of tunnel wedge angle change tests at NCKU (National Cheng Kung University) resulted in a 1-knot speed increase for the RP120 yacht, and the Horizon E88 underwent both resistance and random wave-encountering tests in SSPA to ensure a seaworthy yacht. The most recent test conducted in SSPA was for the design of an 85-footer (25M) with an innovative concave hull design.
Quality control is an integral part of each stage of the Horizon yacht build process, and the Horizon R&D team firmly believes that the highest quality products are derived only through the integration of high-caliber and thorough inspection technologies.
Raw materials, FRP and hull appearance testing is performed at Horizon’s own in-house laboratory, which first selects and tests all raw materials to be used in construction. Routine tests include Mechanical Property, Resin Flow, Weather Resistance, Discoloration, Processability, and Fire-Retardant Testing. During production, Horizon technicians inspect each production stage. Every test result and all manufacturing parameters are uploaded to a materials database which serves as a valuable reference for further design and analysis.
Horizon implements the most advanced Non Destructive Testing (NDT) technology – commonly used in the aerospace industry and military applications – to analyze the internal quality and structural integrity of the hull components without damaging the component. Horizon is the only Asian shipyard to utilize this technology, which includes three components: Ultrasonic Inspection, Infrared Thermography and Laser Shearography.
Ultrasonic Inspection emits high-frequency sound waves to test the density of the composite material and identify any internal flaws
Infrared Thermography uses radiation waves to detect inner defects. A high-resolution camera can detect a 0.025℃ (0.045℉) temperature difference
Laser Shearography is a more advanced aerospace-level NDT inspection technology that utilizes laser light to provide information about the quality of different materials in a strain measurement.
As a yacht is prepared for delivery, Horizon performs a series of water leak tests to ensure that the yacht is completely watertight. These tests simulate weather conditions during a monsoon, using thousands of gallons water to shower the yacht from various angles for 2-4 hours. Horizon’s leak test is important in guaranteeing the yacht is completely sealed and safe from outside water sources.
Every Horizon yacht undergoes a rigorous sea trial involving a third party survey to ensure proper systems operation and maneuverability. The maneuvering trials include a speed test, turning circle, emergency stern propulsion, stopping inertia, zigzagging with power loss stability tests and a full-power endurance test. These tests also include sophisticated data analysis of frequency and harmonics onboard as well as include trim level tests at varying power loads. All major equipment, such as anchors, thrusters, safety equipment and fire-fighting systems, are tested and detailed records of all these tests are kept in a database for future reference.
ERP Management System
“Define your Horizon” is not just a slogan — Horizon makes every effort to ensure that each customer’s dream becomes reality. Managing the various requirements for each customer requires an extensive system of checks and balances to assure every detail is addressed and each request fulfilled. Horizon has developed its own ERP system to supervise every yacht order, from the initial discussion and layout to the delivery and after-sales service. This system covers customer’s input, construction details, product schedule, material procurement, quality checks and customer feedback. Customers’ visions are translated into thousands of construction orders and material lists, and the system organizes that information, delivering it to the right person at the right time.
Encompassing 1,184,030 square feet, Horizon’s four dedicated shipyards embody the latest in technology, equipment and systems.
Every yacht is created from a mold, and the quality of the mold determines the outcome of the final product. To ensure the best and most accurate molds possible, Horizon owns a professional CNC shop dedicated to providing precise molds for each shipyard to use in building our yachts. Our CNC shop enforces stringent guidelines, including:
Prior to producing a mold, yacht designs undergo a series of calculation and verification assessments. Horizon’s CNC shop studies and evaluates the speed, stability and resistance according to boat models’ cruising area as well as the seaworthiness of the design. The performance evaluation must meet strict requirements before the new model can be put into production.
Mold design and manufacturability assessment:
As designers endeavor to develop yacht styles with unique aesthetics, exterior yacht styles have become increasingly diverse, with more detailed shapes and lines. The potential manufacturing complications of these designs, however, are often overlooked. Horizon’s CNC shop carefully determines how to divide and combine the molds according to their distinct shapes, while also considering how the mold can be produced according to the design without affecting the shape’s condition.
orizon’s CNC shop utilizes advanced 3D computer-aided design software to construct our molds. With our computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), every detailed shape can be drawn out by the computer and in accordance with the designer’s ideas. In addition to outputting complex and curved lines, CAM also ensures that each yacht component is accurately produced to the highest degree of quality.
Once construction is complete, each Horizon yacht undergoes a series of tests in our covered dry dock and test tank before sea trial. In this dedicated test dry dock, well-trained technicians check every detail of the yacht using advanced instruments.
Dry Dock tests consist of:
All boat systems under light load and full load
Service, engines, generators and other equipment for running the yacht several days at a time
All mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems by professional technicians in various departments
Gear loading of the tender to ensure smooth operation as well as check the yacht’s stability when discharging the tender
All new design models need to do the inclining test before sea trial.
Dust-proof Environment Paint Shop
Whether a yacht’s paint finish is glossy or metallic, its surface should be completely smooth and yield a mirror-like quality. Horizon’s dust-proof environment paint shop adheres to rigorous environmental standards to achieve this through a special ventilation system within the shop ceiling and beneath the mesh floor; this system ensures that chemicals and particles are filtered out and prevents the lacquerers from exposing the environment to chemical hazard environment.
During the boat building process, FRP particulates and wood dust can affect the quality of lamination and the working environment. To mitigate dust influence, Horizon has 30 dust collectors throughout the factories, and utilizes the following control methods:
Arranges a specific factory area that has minimal influence on the factory environment for extensive grinding work.
Provides a large tent to cover components for small grinding work.
Supplies both fixed and removable Water Washing Dust Collectors throughout the factory to collect and decrease dust.
Float On/Off Launch Barge
To launch completed yachts for system testing and sea trials, Horizon invested $1 million dollars in the development of a proprietary float on/off launch barge. The steel barge tips the scales at 380 tons and its U-shaped structure for yachts less than 200 feet (60M), beam 45 feet (13.4M). The barge can transport 650-ton loads by water and reach a maximum draft of 18 feet (5.5M).
The barge is designed to open at both ends for seamless, ramp-free loading and unloading. The central deck is raised and lowered from an automated helm station located in the pilot cabin atop the portside structure, while the power plant is located on the starboard side. Crew access tunnels are found to port and starboard in the catamaran-like hull, with exterior stairways situated on both sides as well. When a yacht build is complete, Horizon can utilize the barge’s submersion feature to launch the yacht for sea trial, maintenance and shipping, until the yacht floats free. Since 2013, the barge has been used for more than 20 yachts with 100 feet (30M) above when the Premier Shipyard shifted focus to yacht refit and repair service.
Hydraulic Steering Trailer
For smooth yacht transportation, Horizon also invested over USD230, 000 in the hydraulic steering trailer to deliver the FRP components to its yards. The trailer reaches a 6kph speed when carrying 80 tons – the equivalent of a 136-foot (40M) hull – and is easily operated via remote control. For security measures, a warning light alerts of any issues and non-skid patterns on the surface reduce product movement when the trailer is underway. Since 2007, Horizon’s trailer has successfully delivered more than 4,000 tons.