Attention to Detail
Like her little sister the Horizon E88, the E98 is built on a high-performance planing hull designed by Swedish Naval Architect Jon -Lindblom for efficiency, stability, and seakeeping. Its draft is just under 6 feet, which enables the yacht to navigate in shallower waters like the Bahamas—where Do It Now joined the fleet for the Horizon Owner’s Rendezvous & 30-Year Celebration in the Abacos in April.
The yacht’s captain, Glynn Williams, served as owner’s representative for the new build project, traveling to Horizon Yacht’s shipyard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for part of the construction process. He said he found the shipyard to be very responsive to his needs.
Williams was impressed by the shipyard’s high standard of work, especially in the yacht’s engine room. “Their attention to detail is unbelievable,” he said. “The wiring and labeling is incredible; everything is marked and tagged—everything. The gray-water system is incredible. Then, when the boat gets to the U.S., the team goes over it again and checks every one of those hose clamps, [etc.].”
Since his employer, Jo Ellard, took delivery of the E98 this winter, its performance has exceeded his expectations. “The engines are an upgrade, from 1,600- to 1,900-horsepower Cats,” he said. And while Horizon lists WOT for the yacht with this propulsion package as 22.5 knots, “we’ve seen 23.5 knots, and at a 17-knot cruise, it burns the same amount of fuel as the 76 did.” Capt. Williams also likes the boat’s ABT zero-speed stabilizer system. “It makes a difference,” he said.
The flybridge has a very sophisticated, well-laid-out raised helm station with four large screens, including a display for the Böning ship’s monitoring system. Williams picked out the yacht’s comprehensive Garmin navigation electronics suite. He has a comfortable Stidd helm chair and exceptional sightlines, thanks to the flybridge’s nearly 360 degrees of unobstructed views.
Both captain and owner are very happy with the size of the E98’s crew’s quarters. Accessed via a private stair from the port walkaround, they accommodate up to five crew in a double and single bunkroom that share a head, plus a spacious en suite captain’s cabin with queen berth. There is a good-sized crew lounge, small galley, and washer/dryer unit—one of two sets on board (the other one is in the guest companionway). While not as richly appointed as the owner and guest areas on board, the crew’s quarters are finished to a high standard—another Horizon hallmark.
Horizon E98 Layout Diagrams
Noteworthy Systems & Equipment:
Open bridge w/ fixed windshield; Headhunter sanitary treatment system; Steelhead hydraulic davit; Sea Recovery SM2500 watermaker 1,400 gpd; ABT-Trac zero-speed stabilizers; ABT-Trac hydraulic bow and stern thruster; Böning control and monitoring system; 100-amp shore power system w/ three cables; Reverso fuel-polishing system; Delta-T engine-room ventilation; Garmin navigational suite. Prices available upon request.
Horizon E98 - Final Boat Test Numbers:
Displ.: 224,400 lb.
Fuel: 4,500 gal.
Water: 600 gal.
Engines: 2/1,900-hp Caterpillar C32A
Transmission: ZF 3055A, 2.52:1 gear ratio
Propellers: 46 X 38.52 ZF 5-blade NiBrAl
Generator: 2/38-kW Northern Lights
Warranty: Builder’s standard coverage, 2 years on the whole boat, 5 years hull
Price: Upon request