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German launch at Horizon in Taiwan

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She represents a sign of faith and mark of confidence along with a return to the European market. The launch of the 33.50-metre long and 7.20-metre wide motor yacht – under the project name CC110-335 – is imminent at the Horizon boatyard in Taiwan. Represented by Zucker & Partner from Hamburg, who also supervised the yacht’s construction, the German owner selected a custom design from beiderbeck designs for his fifth Horizon.

The Bremen company drafted a generously dimensioned two-and-a-half deck, raised pilothouse yacht to offer maximum comfort for a small number of guests. The magnificent ocean-going cruiser has now been transferred from the production hall in Kaohsiung to the test basin and is on-course for delivery to the Mediterranean in spring.

Centimetre by centimetre, the deep blue hull slid into the water and floated proudly, as if all involved had driven project number 335 forwards in solidarity. “Cooperation and communication with the boatyard was exemplary at all times”, reports Stefan Zucker, “there was never any problem with language barriers or unnecessary delays”. Any “to-dos” were often dealt with before they could actually be listed. Even detail changes were incorporated rapidly and beiderbeck designs held regular meetings with the owner over the three-year process in order to accommodate his evolving wishes.

“During the course of the design process the vessel was lengthened by two feet – from 108 to 110 feet”, explained Immo Lüdeling and Tim Ulrich from beiderbeck designs, who are using an existing Horizon platform as a basis. The underwater lines of the hull for an overall length of 28.50 metres are the only remaining standard parts of the product. They created a new, custom exterior design on top of this, which is characterised by a gently sloping foredeck beneath the aforementioned RP (raised pilothouse) that merges into a fully-glazed dining room. Even the owner’s suite of the self-skippered vessel, with its bathroom stepped towards the bow, offers easy access to all central areas of the yacht, underlining the integrative space concept.

This also includes the salon, located behind the slightly higher dining area. An all-round view over the parapet, which is just 60 centimetres tall, is assured from all levels. Two spacious double cabins for up to four selected guests offer a luxurious space, which is outfitted to significantly higher standards than normal. The empty tender garage serves as a beach club with fully-fitted bathroom. However, with its half-covered exterior steering position, comfortable sitting area and sun loungers, the flybridge forms the most striking feature of the design.

Before delivery to the new owner the vessel will undergo sea trials in January, during which the two 2,600 hp MTU engines together with all equipment and technical instruments will be put through their paces. On her arrival in Europe via ocean freight transport, the shipyard will provide a three-man team for commissioning the vessel, as well as a service provider from Germany for the full warranty period. beiderbeck designs and Zucker & Partner will also continue to support the project.

Horizon, the world-renowned superyacht boatyard, has been constructing vessels in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for 27 years. The yard’s most productive time was during the early years of this century when the Bremen company, Drettmann, regularly contracted almost 50 percent of its construction volume to the yard. Following Drettmann’s insolvency the volume initially reduced considerably, but growth is currently resulting from demand particularly in the USA and gradually also in Europe again.