Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

New Horizon Power Cat PC52

Published on September 11, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

This year sees the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS to those in the know) in Florida’s premier yacht-holiday destination.  Running from 30 October to 3 November, FLIBS is the largest ‘in-water’ boat show in the world, with thousands of international visitors expected to flock to see $4 billion-worth of superyachts, fishing vessels and customised boats.


Show organisers have promised even more exciting attractions to whet our appetites this year… fishing and diving seminars, lobstering, paddleboard demos, angler workshops, classy pop-up restaurants, a floating cocktail lounge and a new pier where privileged guests can sea-trial the yachts of their dreams.  One of the highlights of this year’s show is the award-winning Horizon Yachts’ eagerly awaited new Power Catamaran, the PC52.

Horizon Yachts’ parent company, Horizon Group, was founded in Kaohsiung in 1987 by John Lu when he returned to his hometown after graduating from the National Taiwan Ocean University with a degree in naval architecture.  While Horizon Group also manufactures automotive and wind turbine components, their yachting division has gone from strength to strength and now accounts for a third of the Taiwanese yacht industry’s total export volume, making it the seventh largest superyacht brand in the world.  Over the past quarter century, the company has built 690 yachts and been awarded ‘Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder’ eight years in a row by Asia Boating Awards.

Their latest offering, the PC52 ‘Quintessence’, has just been safely delivered to its proud American owners, who are now, no doubt, polishing the decks for her debut appearance at the show.


Quintessence is Horizon’s first PC52, and it’s based on the Company’s well-received PC60.  This new, smaller Power Cat however, is ideal for novice owners or those looking for a manageable luxury yacht that they can operate on their own.

The PC52 has been built from the ground up as a blue-water cruiser.  The semi-displacement symmetric hulls were developed by naval architect and recognized multihull authority, Lavranos Marine Design of Auckland, New Zealand.  They were built using the patented ‘SCRIMP’ resin-infused system which ensures a lighter and stronger structure than traditional build methods.  The hulls are extremely efficient, very stable and ensure a super smooth ride with minimum spillage of that Tanqueray and tonic.

Quintessence features a 22’ (6.75m) beam that allows for a wide main deck with a fully-equipped galley and bar, salon, storage and bar seating – fantastic areas to wine, dine and take in those sunshine views.  It also boasts a terrific audiovisual system that’s bigger and better than most of those in our homes. Three staterooms are below deck: the master suite in the starboard hull, and the VIP stateroom and twin guest in the port hull.

She comes equipped with Cummins QSB 6/7 550hp engines, which give an easy cruising speed of 17 knots and a top speed of 22 knots, and both the PC52 and PC60 are available in both an open and enclosed flybridge version, the latter poetically named the Skybridge.

Although she seems petite in comparison to the PC60, the PC52 still offers that large deck and functional, modern interior accommodation, making her an ideal live-aboard with all the necessary amenities needed for long-term cruising.

So, if you’re heading down to FLIBS, make sure you keep your eyes on the Horizon.



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