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Horizon Yachts RP110: Bigger. Faster. Better.

Many builders ask their clients what they want. Horizon Yachts does it out of genuine interest, and also because of its semi-custom building philosophy. So, when customers who saw the Horizon Yachts RP97 said they’d like even more volume, Horizon’s in-house naval architects hit the drawing boards. The Horizon Yachts RP110 is the result of those efforts. This raised-pilothouse motor yacht retains the family feel of the RP97, and owners can configure it essentially how they wish, with the help of Horizon’s naval architects.

Horizon RP110 1: The Horizon RP110 bears styling by J.C. Espinosa, who has collaborated with the Taiwanese builder on many different projects. Note the blend of sporty and sexy lines. The in-house design office joined forces with Donald L. Blount & Associates for the double-chine hull, and to ensure a 22-knot top-end from the twin Caterpillar engines.
The Horizon RP110 bears styling by J.C. Espinosa, who has collaborated with the Taiwanese builder on many different projects. Note the blend of sporty and sexy lines. Horizon’s team joined forces with Donald L. Blount & Associates to design the double-chine hull, and to ensure a 23-knot top-end from the twin Caterpillar engines.
The owners of Andrea IV¬–the first Horizon RP110–didn’t want the aft-deck dining area that is aboard pretty much every megayacht on the water. They prefer eating elsewhere onboard, but they still wanted the ability to gather as a family out here. The vibe they wanted was akin to that of a luxury hotel.
The owners of Andrea VI, the first Horizon RP110, didn’t want the aft deck dining area that is aboard pretty much every megayacht on the water. They prefer eating elsewhere aboard, but they still wanted the ability to gather as a family out here. The vibe they wanted was akin to that of a luxury hotel.
The galley occupies a sizable space forward on the main deck. Not visible is the primary cooking area, which runs lengthwise, to port. Since Andrea IV is a yacht enjoyed by multiple generations, it was important to the owners to have abundant areas where they can spend time together. Other buyers might prefer their master suite here and a smaller galley.
The galley occupies a sizable space forward on the main deck. Not visible is the primary cooking area, which runs lengthwise, to port. Since Andrea VI is a yacht enjoyed by multiple generations, it was important to the owners to have abundant areas where they can spend time together. Other buyers might prefer their master suite here and a smaller galley.
Because of the galley configuration, the master stateroom aboard Andrea IV is below decks. It’s still full beam, and it’s nicely accentuated with a leather headboard and satin-finished white oak. If you get up close to the headboard, you’ll notice grey-tone stitching. The contrast is simple, yet sophisticated.
Because of the galley configuration, the master stateroom aboard Andrea VI is below decks. It’s still full beam, and it’s nicely accentuated with a leather headboard and satin-finished white oak. If you get up close to the headboard, you’ll notice grey-tone stitching. The contrast is simple, yet sophisticated.
Family members who want a little more privacy can enjoy staying in Andrea IV’s VIP stateroom. It has its own stairway leading down from the galley and dining area. The same white oak wood seen in the master stateroom appears here as well, and in all of the yacht’s relaxation spaces.
Family members who want a little more privacy can enjoy staying in Andrea VI’s VIP stateroom. It has its own stairway leading down from the galley and dining area. The same white oak wood seen in the master stateroom appears here as well, and also in all of the yacht’s relaxation spaces.
The owners of Andrea IV previously owned a Horizon in the 80-foot range. They wanted the extra room offered by the RP110 because of their growing family. The combination main salon and dining area have already been put to good use on trips through the Bahamas and along the U.S. East Coast.
The owners of Andrea VI previously owned a Horizon in the 80-foot range. They wanted the extra room offered by the RP110 because of their growing family. The combination main salon and dining area have already been put to good use on trips through the Bahamas and along the U.S. East Coast.
The owners requested a four-stateroom configuration, though a five-room arrangement (an on-deck master and four guest cabins below) is also possible. This double stateroom aboard Andrea IV is across the hall from a twin stateroom. The latter is ideal for the owners’ grandchildren. Regardless of which cabin you’re in, the look is crisp and clean.
The owners requested a four-stateroom configuration, though a five-room arrangement (an on-deck master and four guest cabins below) is also possible. This double stateroom aboard Andrea VI is across the hall from a twin stateroom. The latter is ideal for the owners’ grandchildren. Regardless of which cabin you’re in, the look is crisp and clean.
The yacht’s 25-foot beam is appreciated by the owners, as is the expansive flying bridge. The owners requested a handy day head be incorporated into the support for the hardtop and mast. It’s rare to see this on a yacht of this length. Another standout flybridge feature: a grill that rolls out aft of the dining area, so that smoke doesn’t blow over everyone.
The yacht’s 25-foot beam is appreciated by the owners, as is the expansive flying bridge. The owners requested a handy day head be incorporated into the support for the hardtop and mast. It’s rare to see this on a yacht of this length. Another standout flybridge feature: a grill that rolls out aft of the dining area, so that smoke doesn’t blow over everyone.

The RP110 has quickly become one of Horizon’s most popular models. She’s also indicative of Horizon’s global popularity. Andrea VI belongs to an American family, while hull number two, delivered earlier this year, was for a Japanese client. Hull number three is heading to Australia, and hull number four is destined for Malaysia. Just like the owners of Andrea VI, those clients have put their imprint on each yacht. Carnival Liberty 3, the second hull, has a tender garage that doubles as a beach club, complete with a head. Unusual? For some builders, sure—but not for Horizon Yachts.

LOA: 110’0” * Beam: 25’0” * Displacement: 264,000 lbs * Draft: 6’0” * Fuel Capacity: 5,550 gal. * Water Capacity: 800 gal.

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Absolute Navetta 48 Absolute Navetta 48. Photo: Absolute Yachts.

Construction and Design

The 48 shares a certain aesthetic with her bigger siblings. There’s her plumb bow with a fine entry down low, hard chines leading aft and a high foredeck. There are also ample side hull windows but they differ slightly in shape from model to model. Deep side decks flank the cabinhouse in a symmetrical layout and the windhshield has a brow that extends from the flybridge above. Unliker her sisters, the Navetta 48 has a composite support for the cantilevered hardtop that angles aft rather than forward giving her a sportier look but retaining the same big boat appeal. The tall side windows and vertical windshields that are shared by all the models are a Navetta trademark, which gives the line its signature profile. The construction is all about serious seakeeping abilities. Abosolute’s multidimensional grid system is called ISS (Integrated Structure System) where internal supports are built into a handlaid (not infused) hull. The grid is made at the same time as the hull and deck mold and the bulkheads are glassed into the grid, resulting in a strong, stiff and reasonably quiet build.

On Deck

The Navetta 48 manages to get nearly the same on deck amenities onto her 48-foot frame as the larger models in the line just with slightly smaller proportions. Boarding is via a deep teak-clad swim platform. A door on the port side of the transom opens to a crew cabin with a bed, a head and a large transom window for ambient light. Most American owner-operators will likely use this space for stowage. There is also an option for a washer/dryer combo. Steps lead from the platform to the cockpit on both sides but those on port are only 13 inches wide while those on starboard are 24 inches wide. Also on starboard are the receptacles for twin shore power cables. Long, solid handrails are attached to the transom at either set of steps to help steady anyone walking up or using the port side deck shower. At the top of the steps are oversized twin-horned open cleats that add to the perception of this Navetta being a much larger vessel. A solid wood dining table on a single leg rests just ahead of transom seating for four with a liferaft cubby tucked below. A full staircase (not a ladder) of eight steps leads from here to the flybridge. Because this is not just a ladder, the staircase forms a bulkhead that also holds an array of light and system switches as well as a stereo head at chest level, just above an additional storage cubby. The entire aft cockpit is protected by the flybridge overhang that extends all the way to the transom and out to the gunwales. Headroom here is 6’ 9” and the full protection means owners may extend their cruising season or just decide to boat year-round. The hardtop extends out over the sidedecks as well so moving to the bow can be done in relative protection, especially if it’s raining. A teak-covered fuel fill is recessed into an indentation in the deck. If a bit of diesel escapes, it won’t leak overboard or onto the deck, but instead remain contained and therefore easier to clean up. Three steps lead from the side decks up to the bow where there is a large sunbed. Although the Navetta 48 doesn’t have a separate lounge area like her sisters (in addition to the bed), there are otheruseful features like a stereo remote and cup holders. Also, the center cushion can be removed to allow the hatch below to open and bring air to the forward cabin. The bow pulpit and the high railings are mounted on a molded bulwark, which serves as a footbrace and adds to the safety when working with the anchor or a mooring. A hatch on port opens into the anchor locker that also holds the windlass remote and a winch handle for the manual override should the winch lose power. A single roller pushes the anchor well forward of the snub bow but there’s a long scuff plate on the stem should the anchor swing back toward the hull during up or down anchoring. The bow area is perfectly visible from the flybridge helm so the driver can communicate with those working there. Up here, the helm is on the centerline, which will make it easy to line up on a mooring. It’s quite far back with a sprawling sunbed just ahead. Although a winshield angles back over the sunbed, there’s a secondary vertical winshield just ahead of the driver that can be raised or lowered to protect the driver in snotty conditions. Garmin MFDs flank the angled wheel. The Volvo Penta display, stereo head, VHF radio and cupholder are to the left of the wheel while the engine controls and joystick are to the right. Companion seating is in the form of inboard-facing benches to either side of the helm. Amidships you’ll find the optional galley module with an electric grill and a sink on top and a small fridge and icemaker in the cabinet below. A transom seat wraps around an ample dining table so entertaining up here will be a breeze. Options on the flybridge include an open top, a canvas Bimini, or a complete hardtop.

Ample Accommodations

Entry to the interior from the cockpit is through a glass door that is five feet wide when fully opened. The aft galley is on the same level as the aft deck so the transition is easy even if your hands are full. The ceramic cooktop is in the corner on an angle just above the separate oven. A single sink faces forward and there’s a row of four smooth and glossy head-height storage cabinets outboard. A full-sized dishwasher can be snugged into the port aft corner and the tall refrigerator, which reaches up to the headliner is in the starboard corner. Separating the galley and the lounge is a frosted glass panel that opens electrically. It contains an splashes from the sink. Just ahead and two steps up is a J-shaped dinette with a hi/lo fold-out table. Almost at the windshield and to port of the helm is a cabinet with an acrylic top that hides the control panel, which is mounted horizontally. It’s at once in plain sight and hidden. It’s nice not to have to bend down or descend the stairs to get a quick look at what is happening with the systems. Also hidden are two storage drawers below the starboard bench and the pop-up 40-inch TV by the starboard window. The interior helm is to starboard and farther forward than the one above. The seat is either a slim double or a generous single and has a bolster so you can drive seated or standing. The angled dash is set into an upmarket carbon fiber finish console with twin Garmin 15-inch MFDs and twin A/C vents. Engine controls and the joystick are to the right of the leather-wrapped wheel while the Quick windlass and Bennett trim tab switches are to the left. Controls for the optional Seakeeper gyrostabilizer are up and to the right.

Style and Décor

The décor is a mix of high-gloss light and dark finishes and matte, neutral-colored floors. Plentiful indirect lighting gives the entire interior a soft glow but it’s the use of glass that really leaves an impression. The light brought in from the 108-inch uninterrupted windshield, the port opening window and the pantographic door by the helm is the wow factor that sets the Navetta 48 appart from her competitors.

Sleeping Soundly

The Navetta 48 is offered with three staterooms and two heads plus the optional crew cabin, which will set you back $19,000 if spec’d. Guests will be comfortable in the VIP double cabin aft and to port or the twin cabin to starboard. The two staterooms share a head that also serves as the day head and has a separate shower and liberal use of marble. The owner’s suite is in the bow with a layout that’s unlike any other in this class. The bed is on a diagonal, angled with the headboard to starboard and the foot toward the door to the ensuite on port. There are side tables and sconces on either side as well as drawer storage below the bed. A vanity desk is positioned just forward of the head compartment and that’s what throws the whole thing off kilter. The layout is asymmetrical so when you come in through the door that’s on the centerline, the windows seem offset and it looks as if the port bow must surely bulge outward. It doesn’t of course, but it’s a most interesting trompe l’oeil that will make you look, and look again. The master is light and breezy due to 44-inch wide windows with round, 22-inch opening ports for ventilation. The other two cabins also have ample light from four panels of vertical hull windows on either side. The foyer between the cabins benefits from the open space above that lets the light from the windshield pour down.

Sea Trial Test Day

The Navetta’s twin Volvo Penta IPS engines (435-hp D6s) provide plenty of power for 26-28 knots at wide-open-throttle (3600 rpm) and a 20-22-knot cruise. If you slow down to 16 knots and 2800 rpm, you can expect a range of approximately 285 nautical miles, depending on conditions. Although rated for 14 people, we only had three aboard on test day and about half tankage of both fuel and water so the boat wasn’t weighted down and the ocean was mild with only a 1-2-foot windchop. The semi-displacement hull is surefooted. At speed, we made gradual turns where the boat put her shoulder down and sliced through the water without any skidding or slipping. We made graceful S-turns that weren’t sharp or drastic but rather restrained and even. In the harbor, the Navetta 48 is simplicity itself due to her joystick drive. The hull was desgined for pod drives from the get-go, so the boat is optimized for this propulsion package and whether at speed or while close quarters maneuvering, Absolute’s focus on easy drivability shows.

Overall Impressions

Absolute Yachts employs around 250 people in its northern Italian yard. The current Navetta lineup includes five models 48-73 feet and although the 48 is the smallest, she certainly holds her own in both features and seakeeping abilities. Best of all, this mini-superyacht can be easily handled by a couple, which saves money and adds flexibility. Owners can pick up and go any time and anywhere they like on what feels like a mini-superyacht.

Specs for Absolute Navetta 48

Length overall 48’ 11” Beam 15’ 3” Draft 3’ 5” Dry weight 40,000 lbs. Water 140 gallons Fuel 475 gallons Engine 2x Volvo Penta IPS 600 D6 435-hp Price as tested $1,495,000/>
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