Auckland Boat Show Leads to New Horizon Designs
he brand’s first attendance in the City of Sails inspires the design of new FD80 and E90 builds.
The 2023 Auckland Boat Show was not only the largest show on record, it was also the first New Zealand-based show attended by Horizon Yachts. Situated in the new venue of the former America’s Cup team base, Jellicoe Harbour, Horizon showcased a brand new E75, Bellagio, which had been built for a New Zealand-based owner.
Historically one of Horizon’s most popular models, the E75 marries a sleek exterior profile with a thoughtful layout and balanced deck spaces. The main salon features a spacious salon with a raised country kitchen area forward while an enclosed skylounge with an al fresco BBQ and entertainment area are found one deck above.
The beach club is a unique feature of this customized E75, as it blends with the Hi/Lo swim platform to create an inviting exterior space at the water’s edge. This large space has been fitted with a galley, seating and dining area with television and a dayhead to provide the owner and his guests every amenity desired during a day on the water.
Configured with a three-stateroom layout, the lower deck sees a full-beam master suite amidships and two large VIP staterooms with a shared ensuite. Fitted with built-in storage and hanging lockers, the master stateroom features an ensuite clad in Cambria Hawkesmoore quartz and marble stonework and offering a light and bright feel. As with every Horizon build, storage has been considered throughout Bellagio, with stowage options fitted into the freestanding as well as the built-in furniture.
The weather provided a spectacular atmosphere for the four-day show, which drew visitors from far and wide as well as numerous Horizon yachts and their owners from around the world. Many attendees also expressed interest in Horizon’s popular Fast Displacement (FD) Series of yachts, which sees models from 75 to 125 feet in length. As a result of the conversations had during the show, Horizon Yachts is now entering the design phase for a brand new FD80 with New Zealand clients as well as a custom E90 sports yacht for a five-time Horizon owner.
“We were very impressed with the attendance and caliber of clients at the Auckland Boat Show, as it inspired the design of a new FD Series and a new E Series build,” says Horizon Yacht Australia’s Director Mark Western. “This was our first Auckland show and we look forward to returning next year.”