When you’re packing a six-figure Leisure Craft Classic 700 runabout in your yacht’s tender garage, you know you’ve got something special. That’s exactly what Juan Carlos “J.C.” Espinosa intended when he added this feature and a mix of other high-class elements to his design of the Horizon Bandido 148.
According to Espinosa, Drettmann, the exclusive retailer of Horizon Yachts in Europe, commissioned him to draw up the plans with the intent that Horizon would add the vessel to the Bandido line, which ranges from 56 to 200 feet. An owner was found, and after commissioning Hull No. 1, he opted to take delivery of Hull No. 2 instead. The final requirements for Hull No. 2 fell under two main demands: create an opulent interior akin to a gentlemen’s sitting room and give her the seaworthiness to travel anywhere. Espinosa and his team of interior designers and naval architects seem to have accomplished both goals.
The neo-classical interior styling radiates affluence. Four guest cabins, complete with en suite heads, surround a foyer on the lower deck. Each is trimmed with rich, dark joinery, juxtaposed with airy cream overheads and carpets. And each room comes with a writing desk that converts into a vanity. In the master, fold-out terraces allow owners to have an alfresco breakfast without leaving the room. The rich dcor of Hull No. 2 continues in the saloon, with its fresco of flying cherubs painted on the overheads.
Seaworthiness was a different matter entirely. Espinosa and his team designed the vessel to IMO ice-class standards, which require that her hull be sturdy enough to withstand light sea ice. Thickened hull sides and reinforced steel scantlings help the 148 meet these requirements.
Ocean-induced roll is minimized by TRAC’s four-fin stabilizer system, while a 18,500-gallon fuel capacity feeding her optional twin 2,250-bhp MTU 12V4000 M70s should give her a top speed of 16 knots and a cruise speed of 12.5 knots on her worldwide excursions. Whatever her owner christens her on her expected launch date of mid-2010, the Bandido 148 will no doubt be the very definition of traveling in style.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.