On Board

Horizon FD110 Tri-deck Review (2022 Edition)

The Horizon FD110 is a mighty semi-custom yacht with huge interior volume and a cruising range of 2,000nm. We got on board at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to see what else it has to offer 

The FD110 is the current flagship of Horizon's Fast Displacement range and it certainly has size on its side. It's 101ft 6in (30.9m) long, and 23ft 4in (7.1m) wide with a displacement of 128 tonnes (282,190 lbs) and a top speed of nearly 20 knots.

The numbers don't do it justice, though. This is a large yacht that still manages to punch above its weight in terms of deck space and interior volume and, as is always the case with Horizon, the ability to customise is pretty much unrivalled in the sector. So, if you're into large motor yachts with top-quality engineering and ocean-crossing range you're in the right place. 

Horizon FD110 Tri-deck Key Facts

Horizon FD110 Tri-deck illustration
  • LOA 111.516ft
  • Model Year 2022
  • Cabins 5
  • Crew 5
  • Max Speed 18 knots
  • Status In Production
  • Yacht Type Superyacht
  • Use Type Cruising

Test & Review Video

Design & Build

Horizon Yachts FD110 running
The fast displacement hull promises excellent efficiency © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 running
ABT-Trac stabilisers resist roll on passage and when the yacht is stationary © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 aft deck
The layout of the deck spaces is very flexible © Horizon Yachts

The FD (Fast Displacement) series was designed in conjunction with Dutch design house Cor D. Rover with efficient cruising and interior volume in mind. The FD110, which is available as a Skyline and a Tri-deck (with added sun deck), meets this brief on both accounts.

Engine options are varied but with twin Caterpillar C32A 1,900hp motors it will cover 2,000nm at 10 knots thanks in part to its efficient hull shape and in part to a fuel capacity of 17,000 litres. The smart thing about this hull design is that it doesn't restrict the boat to displacement speeds, indeed if pushed the 158-tonne FD110 will top out at 18.5 knots and still cover over 700nm when cruising at 14 knots. 

The quality of engineering is outstanding, too, especially in the engine room which gleams like a surgical theatre, and has over 6ft 1in (1.86m) of headroom throughout. The attention to detail is great and includes underlighting beneath the engines so it's easy to spot any leaks in what is usually the darkest part of the space. It's the same story on board where the boat oozes quality thanks to high-end components and reassuring solidity throughout its decks and interior. 

Customisation is key to the Horizon ethos and you effectively start with a blank sheet of paper when ordering a new boat. You expect a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to specification on a yacht of this size but for a production builder Horizon is more willing than most to create a bespoke offering for the customer. 

In terms of styling, the FD range can appear a little top-heavy but being the second largest model in the line-up the FD110 wears its height well and the payoff is the amount of space this affords inside the yacht. 

Interior Accommodation

Horizon Yachts FD110 salon
The day head is well positioned in the aft corner of the salon © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 salon
Sliding doors to starboard grant access to the side deck © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 sky lounge
The sky lounge on the upper deck © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 galley
The galley has a country kitchen feel to it © Horizon Yachts

The FD110 is a traditional tri-deck design with its salon, galley and owner's stateroom on the main deck and guest and crew cabins on the lower deck. Above the main deck is the pilot house, sky lounge and aft deck, which is linked to the raised foredeck and to top it all off there is a sun deck at the yacht's summit. Clearly, the 110 is a big yacht but the distribution of space makes it feel even larger than it actually is. 

The boat on show at Fort Lauderdale had been specified by Horizon Yachts USA and its main deck struck a nice balance of opulence and home-from-home comfort. The furniture in the salon was modern and stylish with some stand-out features such as the shard-like chandelier above the 10-person dining table. There is clever design all over the place, such as the day head tucked inside the cockpit door to port and the position of the television, which doesn't pop up from behind the sofa but is mounted high in the aft corner of the deck so that it it's in view of the lounge, dining table and even those in the galley.

The galley is lovely and with its central island and domestic fridge freezer feels more like a domestic kitchen. It's flexible, too, between the pocket doors that close it off from the main salon and the partition that slides up and down at the touch of a button the space can either be fully enclosed if the crew are preparing a meal or opened up entirely during the day when the owner and their guests may be in and out of the space to make a snack or a coffee. This is a well-trodden layout but it's been executed brilliantly on the FD110. 

The main salon is an expansive entertaining space so it's nice to have the more cosy and intimate space in the sky lounge on the next level up. This deck is split between the pilot house, sky lounge and outdoor deck spaces but the lounge, which has a bar, pop-up TV and another day head is a lovely spot to retire to either in the evening or in the day when the air-conditioned upper salon would be a great place to cool off with a view. 

Time To Sleep

Right forward is the owner's stateroom which spans the nearly 25ft beam of the main deck. It's lavish in both finish and space and enjoys excellent views through towering side windows from its elevated spot on the middle deck. The layout of the ensuite incorporates separate toilets and sinks for each occupant with a large walk-in shower between the two. 

Guest accommodation is on the lower deck and, like the rest of this yacht, the exact layout is very flexible but the arrangement on the showboat worked well. Amidships it had identical double ensuite staterooms that have a smart bathroom arrangement with sliding doors opening to reveal a central sink and vanity area flanked by a separate shower and toilet compartments. It's a smart use of the available space and these are two great cabins but there is the option to combine the two into one and create another full-beam double cabin and, effectively, two VIP staterooms on the lower deck.

Elsewhere, this boat has both a utility space and storage room off the lower deck hallway and a dedicated laundry room, both great additions if you intend to have the cabins full for long periods of time as they grant guests extra storage and the ability to do their own washing if they need to. 

Right forward there is a generous twin ensuite to port and the VIP stateroom in the bow. It may be positioned beneath the owner's cabin but headroom - and space in general - is excellent and it's topped off with lots of storage solutions and a spacious private bathroom. 

Premier Crew

A word on the crew accommodation because it's outstanding. Access is via either a door in the transom, the garage door when it's open or a staircase on the port side of the aft deck. It has a proper crew mess with decent cooking facilities and a dinette plus a set of bunks on one side and a comfortable double captain's cabin with a private ensuite. Whichever version of the aft deck is chosen this layout is the same but opting for the extended crew over the beach club adds much more storage space inside the transom. At this size of the yacht, you couldn't ask for more.  

Horizon Yachts FD110 owner's suite
The owner's suite on the main deck © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 guest stateroom
One of two identical double guest staterooms © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 crew accommodation
The crew accommodation is outstanding © Horizon Yachts

Helm Station

Horizon Yachts FD110 bridge
The bench on the aft bulkhead is a nice addition to the bridge area © Horizon Yachts

One word sums up the FD110's helm station: commanding. It's positioned high up on the yacht so the view forward is excellent, even with the optional hot tub on the foredeck. This is the only driving position on the 110 (except the wing station outside the wheelhouse) and it feels like the yacht's nerve centre with a spread of 24in Garmin MFDs that handle systems control, radar, charting and the boat's suite of cameras.

Three adjustable Stidd helm chairs provide a comfortable perch for the crew with a neat bench on the rear bulkhead so more people can sit and enjoy the ride from the business end of the boat. There's also a small desk so the skipper has a spot to fill out paperwork and spread out paper charts if necessary. 

This is a working space for the captain and crew so there is the ability to partition the bridge off from the sky lounge with a pop-up bulkhead and a pocket door, though a side door means the crew can come and go without going through the upper salon.

The FD110 runs on twin shaftdrives so there's a pair of ZF's tactile throttles sprouting from the top of the dash and a suit of ABT-Trac fin stabilisers and hydraulic thrusters to keep the yacht on the straight and narrow at rest and underway.

Deck lifestyle

Horizon Yachts FD110 aft deck
A TV drops down from the cockpit overhang © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 aft deck
The aft deck extends out from the sky lounge on the upper deck © Horizon Yachts

The theme of spaciousness continues on deck and starts at the water line with a truly enormous hydraulic bathing platform that has a light capacity shy of just under two tonnes, so there's scope to have a decent tender on board. There's also a crane on the upper deck so you can split the toys between decks or have the option to carry the tender on the platform for short trips and stow it safely on the flybridge for longer passages. 

As mentioned above, there is the option to have a beach club or extended crew space beneath the transom hatch; the beach club adds a bar area with associated amenities and an L-shaped run of seating where guests can relax in the shade after a dip. The other benefit of this layout is that it extends the crew's living area when it's not in use and the transom hatch is shut. 

The cockpit feels enormous and still has acres of space despite a large, extendable dinette table with sofas on all sides. A TV that drops down from the overhang is a welcome addition and there's a bar tucked in the corner, as well. A flight of stairs to port leads to the upper deck where the layout, as you may have gathered by now, is flexible. The boat at the show had seating, a bar and a tender crane in this spot but it could host the hot tub or some fixed sunbathing space instead. 

There's equal flexibility up front. This deck is asymmetric so the passageway forward is an unbroken one on the port side of the sky lounge. Here, on the show boat, there was a hot tub facing a broad U-shaped seating area with tables and some shelter from a canopy. The tub can be replaced with sun pads but the arrangement we saw worked brilliantly and had a real superyacht feel about it. 

Up another run of stairs on the aft deck is the sun deck, which as the name suggests is pretty focussed on the catching of rays. Aft is a day bed with a set of side tables and neatly placed plug sockets so phones can charge while people sunbathe. Forward, under the shelter of the fixed hard top is a low-slung seating area opposite a small bar with a sink and fridge. Whether you want to sunbathe, dine, lounge or wallow there is space to do it on the FD110's decks. 

Horizon Yachts FD110 foredeck
The optional hot tub adds some superyacht style © Horizon Yachts
Horizon Yachts FD110 sun deck
The sun deck mixes seating and sunbathing space © Horizon Yachts

Value For Money

Value for money is very much a relative theory when it comes to yachts of this size but it's probably fair to say that a new Horizon will undercut its European rivals of a similar size on price.

The other consideration with Horizon is the freedom to customise, which it does to a greater level than many of its competitors in the semi-custom sector. You're essentially getting the near full custom build experience for the cost of a semi-custom yacht. 

Horizon Yachts FD110 exterior
The FD110 will top out at 18.5 knots © Horizon Yachts

Our Verdict

Even from the relatively brief time spent on board during a boat show, there is a lot to like about the FD110. Apart from the obvious things like the amount of deck space, staggering interior volume and ocean-cruising range what stands out most is the quality of fit-out and top-class standards of engineering. It feels like a scaled-down superyacht and one that is designed to be cruised, not sit in its berth playing floating apartment. Another element that sets the FD110 apart from the completion is Horizon's attitude towards customisation, which even in a sector where this has become the norm goes above and beyond. It's the superyacht experience with semi-custom costs.

Reasons to Buy

  • Massive volume
  • Solid engineering
  • Efficient cruising
  • Customisable layout

Things to Consider

  • Subjective styling

Rivals to Consider

This semi-custom 100ft yacht market is brimming with talent so let's have a look at some of the craft that the Horizon FD110 is up against.

Ferretti Group's classy Custom Line Navetta 33 shares a similar layout to the Horizon with more traditional styling and no shortage of Italian design flair. Its tri-deck design doesn't boast quite the same amount of living space as the FD110 but it's beautifully executed and it incorporates a tender garage with enough space for a tender and jet-ski to sit side-by-side. The owner's suite is forward on the main deck with four further guest staterooms on the lower deck and crew accommodation forward. Performance is similar to the Horizon and even though it can't quite match the FD's cruising range it can still cover 1,800nm at 10 knots. 

The Sunseeker 100 Yacht is a less traditional design than the FD110 but it's bursting with innovation. Two areas stand out, the aft deck with its brilliant X-TEND seating system, which flips between cockpit seating and beach club, and the owner's suite on the main deck which has direct access through a pair of sliding doors to a private terrace. On the lower deck there at four ensuite guest cabins, space for four crew and a  tender garage with room for a tender and jet-ski. Performance is impressive; the 100 Yacht will hit nearly 30 knots with its 2,000hp MTU engines but cover 1,300nm at 12 knots. 

The Ferretti 1000 is another 100-footer with an open-top deck and near 30-knot performance. The raised pilothouse design is muscular and attractive and there are some fabulous living spaces on deck, especially the aft deck where the cockpit features a glass balustrade that overlooks a set of sumptuous seats that are set into the transom. The transom hatch lifts to reveal a garage with space for a tender and jet-ski, as seems to be the theme in this sector. Much like the main deck owner's cabin with guest accommodation on the lower deck, though the balance of space for guest cabins on the 1000 is particularly good. All four are double with almost identical dimensions and they all have private bathrooms. 

The Princess X95 compares pretty squarely with the FD110 even if it's not quite as big. It's another yacht that looks tall but delivers massive interior volume and a beautifully executed interior that has a wonderful natural flow. There is the option to have either a main deck owner's stateroom or the 'country kitchen' option with an extended galley and dinette that runs right forward to the windscreen on the main deck. In this guise, the full-beam amidships cabin on the lower deck becomes the owner's cabin; in the standard arrangement with the owner's suite up top, this is the VIP. Aft, there is the option to have a beach club, extended crew space or covered jet ski storage area while a transformer platform takes care of tender launch duties and doubles up as a submersible platform and steps up to the quayside.  The top speed with twin MAN 1,900hp V12s is 21-23 knots. 

Specifications

  • Builder Horizon
  • Range FD Series
  • Model FD110 Tri-deck
Horizon FD110 Tri-deck illustration
  • Length Overall 111.516ft
  • Beam 24.508ft
  • Draft 6.496ft
  • Hull GRP
  • Cabins 5
  • Berths 7
  • Crew 5
  • Yacht Type (Primary) Superyacht
  • Use Type (Primary) Cruising
  • Cruising Speed
    Max Speed
  • Fuel Capacity 4,499 Gallons
  • Fresh Water Capacity 799 Gallons
  • Engine Model 2x Caterpillar C32 ACERT D02 - U.S. EPA Tier 3 and IMO Tier II/III
  • Engine HP 1622

Horizon FD110 Tri-deck Layout

  • Sun Deck Horizon FD110 Tri-deck

    The sun deck is what separates the Tri-deck version of the FD110 from the Skyline 

  • Upper Deck Horizon FD110 Tri-deck

    The aft deck is linked to the foredeck via a passage on the port side 

  • Main Deck Horizon FD110 Tri-deck

    The owner's suite is forward on the main deck 

  • Lower Deck Horizon FD110 Tri-deck

    There is the option to have a beach club or extended crew space at the transom