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Smooth Operator: Horizon's E75 Motoryacht…

Coming in at an even 75 feet length overall, the Horizon E75 debuted to U.S. yachting enthusiasts at November’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. She falls in the middle of this builder’s nine-model E series, running from 56 to 98 feet length overall. For seasoned owner-operators who want to voyage to far-flung waypoints, this yacht is ready to travel.

Horizon is confident that its owners are up to the challenge. The yacht has an 18-foot-6-inch beam that helps keep her manageable, and her systems are designed for use without crew. Says Horizon USA Marketing Director Elise Moffitt: “None of this boat’s systems ­require a professional engineer. If you’re a knowledgeable owner — which, at this size, almost everyone we see is — you’re going to be comfortable working the things we have on board. This boat’s got ABT Zero Speed stabilizers, [1,150 hp C18s or 1,600 hp C32s] Caterpillar engines, the swim platform. This is all stuff that people can use themselves.”

If an owner decides he wants to have crew or a captain, the yacht comes with aft quarters for two crew, with a sleeping cabin, head and sitting area. Horizon suspects that for cruising families, that crew space may well end up being a hideaway for the kids. (The yacht also has three staterooms, including a full-beam master.)

Another part of the E75 that Horizon paid attention to was her lines, which are sleeker than you might expect. The idea was to give this model a fresh, Euro look. And it worked.

“Honestly,” Moffitt says, “we couldn’t keep people off of her at the Fort ­Lauderdale show. They were crawling all over it the whole time.”

Those potential customers got a firsthand look at Horizon’s “casual ­luxury” interior ambience. The E75 is nice enough to host a Champagne-and-caviar fete, and laid-back enough for board shorts and bikini tops (though probably not worn by the same person). She also has a refrigerator, grill and optional hot tub up on her bridge deck, which is designed to be an optimal outdoor entertaining area.

As for those all-important performance attributes, with the standard C18s, the E75 will hit 22 knots, according to the builder; with the optional C32s, she should see a relatively speedy 27 knots.

Horizon expects big things from the E75 Motoryacht, and for good reason. The yacht has it all: owner-operator ­appeal, onboard luxury and admirable performance numbers. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of these yachts out on your local waters soon. Heck, you might even find yourself driving one.

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