Koenig’s First Take:
It’s no wonder this boat caused such a stir at the 2015 Palm Beach show, where she debuted. Just drink her in. Also, I’d like to meet the owner who handles this boat himself, because that guy definitely knows what he’s doing.
Look at this boat. Not quite what you might be expecting from Horizon, huh? This builder is known primarily for comfortable, seaworthy vessels with a high degree of cruisability and livability. But this one? She’s sorta sexy, no? Sleek, understated lines make for a profile that’s sure to turn heads whenever you cruise into port. (Which is not to say that she doesn’t have a ton of space. She is 85 feet long, lest we forget.) And she’s still got a 20-foot beam. Plus she has that huge, swept-back flying bridge for open-air entertainment. That’s always a plus, particularly in the beautiful environs in which this boat is sure to cruise.
The E84 debuted at the Palm Beach International Boat Show this past spring (2015), and the show’s more intimate, insider-y vibe seemed to fit her perfectly. Word on the dock about her was very positive and at times seemed unceasing. A large part of her appeal has to do with those lines, but maybe not for the reason you think. While her lower profile does make her look good, it also keeps her a bit tighter, a bit trimmer, than a lot of boats her size—especially other Horizons. Compare her to her sistership, the undeniably burly E88, and you’ll see what I mean. And that size differential means big things—literally—to any particularly ambitious owner-operators out there who might be up to the challenge of captaining this thing sans crew, (or maybe with one mate, you know, just to be on the safe side). According to my sources at Horizon, this has been one of the boat’s major upsides as she generates interest in the market.
The E84 comes in three versions: Open Bridge, Skylounge, and Fishing Cockpit, and that lends her a nice versatility, depending on what kind of cruising—or fishing—you’d like to do onboard. Whichever layout you get however, one thing is for certain, this boat will serve you well, whether you want to take to the helm yourself in the open seas, or just stand on the dock and look at her.
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- Builder: Horizon
- Model: Horizon E84
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: Upon Request
- LOA: 85'0"
- Draft: 5'9"
- Beam: 20'0"
- Displacement: 143,300 LB.
- Fuel Capacity: 2,250 GAL.
- Water Capacity: 420 GAL.
- Standard Power: 2/1,600-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERTs
- Cruise Speed: 18 Knots
- Top Speed: 24 Knots
This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.