Video: Horizon RP110 superyacht
Horizon Yachts had a precise vision when they built Paradise, this new Horizon RP110: construct a superyacht that was eminently capable of long journeys to and from the remotest corners of Western Australia.
It’s one thing to create something refined and beautiful but quite another to make that object conclusively functional. Without real functionality, even the most glamorous yacht simply becomes a one-dimensional showboat.
Sure, floating around Perth is easy enough – there’s not much more on offer than a quick blast across to Rottnest Island for the weekend and any vessel can do this, right down to the smallest trailerboat. It’s the exploration further afield that will really test both designers and yacht builders.
Indeed, huge distances and a total lack of resupply options make boating in the Kimberley a pioneering experience. But that’s part of the appeal and just why owners of yachts like Paradise love going there.
While voyaging to the far corners of Australia and beyond is a big part of the Paradise plans, entertaining closer to home is also a priority. And it’s hard to imagine a vessel better equipped for hosting elegant social gatherings.
Guests have a choice of sprawling spaces in the saloon, the flybridge, or both, while the airy galley will let chefs work their magic in comfort.
Given WA’s Mediterranean climate, it’s a safe bet most leisure time will be spent on the flybridge, especially following the addition of clears to exclude blustery winds. There are two vast lounges and a marble bar under the cover of the hardtop, plus a teppanyaki barbecue. And did we mention the spa? You’d never leave.
NAIAD JET TENDER
Delivered on the day of our review was a new Naiad jet tender for Paradise. The yacht’s hydraulic high-low swim-platform has been extended by 60cm to accommodate the 5.3m diesel RIB, which will be used mainly for short trips with guests or crew. With the platform lowered, crew attach custom chocks to the teak deck, and it’s a simple matter to dock the Naiad.
But this zone is more than just a robust platform to transport the tender – with rails in place and the lazarette open, an enormous beach club is created, perfect for launching SCUBA missions, docking jetskis and a safe spot for children to frolic in the water with the platform lowered a couple of feet.
I can also see it being employed as a comfortable water-level fishing platform with the boat on anchor up north (if you can deal with a bit of fish blood or squid ink splashed on the teak occasionally). On order is an even larger Naiad – another diesel number – but this one stretching to 10m and with an inboard engine, plus leg.
Why diesels? Simply so that both tenders can be filled from the fuel bowser on the mothership, meaning there’s no need to carry extra fuel on long trips. A certain amount will still be required though, at least until someone invents a diesel jetski…
The newest Naiad will be outfitted for sportsfishing, with an enclosed cabin, outriggers and all the fruit, and will likely be towed when the yacht travels long distances.
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