December 20th 2011. By Diane Byrne.

Horizon PC58: Stability, Speed, and Balance

An unexpected design from a longtime motoryacht builder, this luxury power catamaran maximizes communal space without sacrificing private accommodations.

When you think of Horizon, you probably envision one of the Taiwanese builder’s oceangoing motoryachts from 46 to 120 feet LOA. What likely doesn’t come to mind is a power catamaran. That’s exactly what Horizon has produced in their newest model, the Horizon PC58.

The Horizon PC58 is powered by twin 705-hp Cummins engines. It draws 4’5” and has a projected cruising speed of 17-18 knots.

What’s more, the Horizon PC58 helps dispel the notion that powercats are cramped-quarters yachts. Obviously, a catamaran’s expansive beam makes even a comfortable monohull motoryacht of the same LOA pale by comparison when it comes to common areas like the saloon or cockpit. The Horizon PC58 bears a beam of 24’6”, the equivalent of monohulls twice her 59’9” LOA.

But it’s in the twin hulls that the PC58 really shines. The two guest staterooms in the standard three-cabin layout (a four-stateroom model is in the works) are down here, one to each side. The queen-berthed guest cabin, in the starboard hull, positions the bed athwartships. This maximizes the already voluminous space. Also assisting are the good-sized windows facing the berth, and the skylight/escape hatch. The other guest cabin, in the opposite hull, has twin berths, suitable even for adults.

Aft of the queen cabin there’s a utility area, handy for accessing the power distribution panels, fuel-transfer pumps, watermaker, and more. The area does contain a berth, but it’s really a crawl space, not a permanent crew cabin, and the bunk would most likely be used for stowage most of the time.

The saloon shows the wide-open space that the full beam of a power catamaran allows.

Of course, the best sleeping space is reserved for the master of the house. The main-deck owner’s stateroom (yes, main deck) boasts 180-degree views through wraparound windows. The rake of those windows lets you enjoy the sights even while lying in bed. To preserve the well-appointed space, Horizon positions the en suite head down a step to port. The toilet and shower are separated, with the shower compartment also containing a long vanity beneath an oval port. Take special note of the shower, which has a surfboard-like backdrop.

Like other catamarans, the Horizon PC58 has expansive entertainment spaces above decks. While yacht owners and guests relish the outdoors, the saloon here will certainly compete for attention. The PC58 has a large bar aft to starboard, with a settee and table opposite and forward of it. The bar is also the galley, with stainless steel appliances and barstools. The owners of the first PC58, which debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, upgraded the Corian counters to granite. Regardless of material, the room arrangement is far more inviting than the traditional saloon-dining layout.Horizon PC58 specifications

Also inviting: the flying bridge. A RIB stows aft, leaving the rest of the space, beneath a hardtop, to alfresco dining and relaxing. The owners of the first PC58 opted for isinglass enclosures as well. Horizon makes 24,000 Btu of air-conditioning standard, so perhaps the owners want to keep that cool air contained while they explore the Bahamas. Also standard are 500-watt solar panels on the hardtop.

When exploring the Bahamas or other skinny waters with the 4’5” draft, the PC58 should enjoy good speed. Twin 705-hp Cummins engines give the boat a projected cruising speed of 17-18 knots, and a top end of 21 knots.
Lavranos Marine Design, a New Zealand-based naval-architecture firm specializing in multihulls, developed the tank-tested hulls. A ZF Joystick Maneuvering System, akin to a pod-drive system, makes driving easier.
Indeed, many aspects of the Horizon PC58 make the ownership experience easier. She’s a yacht that may just convert you from single-hull living to double.

For more information, visit Horizon Yachts.

Diane Byrne

Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the daily updated website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she also contributes to Yachts International, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association.