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Horizon E78

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Horizon E78

Koenig’s First Take:
Man this thing could really change the game as far as Great Lakes cruising goes. Who needs Lambeau Field when you could drop the E78’s hook in Green Bay in early September and catch the Packers season opener on the tube?

What goes up, must come down. And in the case of the Horizon E78, that’s a literal thing. In response to its customers’ desires, many of whom live and boat on the Great Lakes, Horizon installed a hydraulically maneuverable hardtop on this boat. That feature allows the E78 to squeeze under some of the lower-lying bridges on the lakes that would otherwise limit the size of the boats able to access some of the prettiest waters in North America. The adjustable hardtop allows the boat’s height to shrink from 28 feet 11 inches to 20 feet 5 inches, and also allows the boat’s radar arch to fold down separately if need be. It’s a considerable adjustment that is a true game changer for Great Lakes cruising. 

But this boat is not defined simply by what she’s got going on up top. She’s got three staterooms down below, including a full-beam master that will make you never want to leave the bed. Up top the spacious flying bridge has a secondary helm for open-air driving, as well as a wet bar, dinette, and plenty of seating.

Down in her belly, the E78 has twin, 1,600-horsepower CAT C32s that propel her to a 19-knot cruise and a fairly scintillating 25-knot top end. Meanwhile standard zero-speed stabilizers keep this boat from rockin’—whether she’s crossing Lake Michigan, or simply cruising out to Catalina for the weekend.

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  • Builder: Horizon
  • Model: Horizon E78
  • Year: 2015
  • LOA: 84'0"
  • Draft: 5'8"
  • Beam: 18'9"
  • Displacement: 156,800 lb.
  • Fuel Capacity: 1,850 gal.
  • Water Capacity: 400 gal.
  • Standard Power: 2/1,600-hp Cat C32s
  • Cruise Speed: 19 knots
  • Top Speed: 23 knots

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.