By George Otto ~ April 1st, 2014. Filed under: New Boats.
Horizon Yachts’ powercat lineup leapt to the forefront at February’s Miami International Boat Show, showcasing two versions of its impressive PC60 model. Founded in Taiwan in 1987, Horizon has been known for some time as one of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading custom boat builders, turning out an impressive array of both mono- and multi-hulled yachts, with a bevy of awards to back up its reputation.
The latest PC60, dubbed the Skylounge version, boasts a fully enclosed flybridge that will appeal to buyers looking for a spacious, highly stable option for coastal cruising or, depending on engine selection, long-range passage-making. It’s well suited to island cruising with wide, uncluttered decks; a bridle to minimize swinging at anchor; and ample stowage fore and aft for copious amounts of water toys, and diving and fishing gear.
“The power catamaran market is expanding,” says Stuart Hegerstrom, founder/director of the Powercat Company, which represents the Horizon line of powercats designed in collaboration with Lavranos Marine Design and JC Espinosa Yacht Design.
When you’re invited to visit the personal yacht of Leonardo Ferragamo, scion of the Ferragamo fashion empire, two thoughts spring to mind. First, do I have the right clothes and, second, just how huge is his yacht? The answer to the first is, yes, anything comfortably casual and, second, this is no 250-foot megayacht. Ferragamo’s personal yacht is a Camper & Nicholsons (C&N) 42 Endeavour. There is, of course, a back story here.
Leonardo Ferragamo, with the coin to indulge himself, is a serious yachtsman who, with some investors, acquired Nautor Swan, builder of the luxury Swan sailing yachts. He then acquired 200-year-old English builder Camper & Nicholsons, which had been commissioning the Swans. It was then decided that C&N would start building luxury yachts again, but in a more popular size. The 42 Endeavour was conceived, and Ferragamo exercised his ownership by taking the first as his own.
Happily, he didn’t evoke the bright colors of his fashion lines but chose, instead, to finish the boat in a classic fashion befitting a vessel named after famed America’s Cup yacht Endeavour. The 42 Endeavour is retro in more ways than just the name, and it’s clear that the new line of C&N yachts (including 50- and 60-footers) are aimed at a market populated by companies such as Hinckley and Riva as well as builders of Downeast lobster yachts.Brian Hartz, C&N 42 Endeavour, Camper & Nicholsons, cats, Chris Caswell, Horizon, Horizon PC60 Skylounge, JC Espinosa Yacht Design, Lavranos Marine Design, Leonardo Ferragamo, Nautor Swan, PC60, Powercat Company, Skylounge, Southern Boating