Argo Navis Yacht Design is an ambitious specialist design, engineering and consulting company, dedicated to re-launching Greece’s maritime expertise, developing an enviable range of vessels that compete with the world’s elite. Their latest design and development, Horizon 70, was the winner in the category of Concept Design up to 40M at The International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2016.
Horizon 70 is developed with an intention to offer remarkable style and impeccable design. It’s a synthesis of modern, sharp lines and elements of a timeless evocative look, such as the sheer line dropping down towards the stern. This concept aims to offer the same spacious areas that are usually found on 80-foot yachts. A sizable swimming platform, broad aft stairs, huge sun-bed, cockpit area that can easily accommodate 12 people and forward seating area with automatic shade are just some of the features that make this vessel outstanding.
Side windows run all along the side of the hull, offering astounding views from each cabin. The ceiling of the main saloon contains a skylight of 10 square meters providing natural illumination. All areas with windows and glass have fully automatic blinds for total coverage if so desired. Accommodation is divided into three main sections: a full beam master bedroom with en-suite, an entrance lobby and main saloon offering standing height of 2.4 meters, crew quarters are placed at fore end and are completely separated from guest premises.
The yacht is equipped with a bespoke tender of 4.6m stored underneath the sunbed. It can take up to 5 adults for a quick shore transfer or it can be utilized for any kind of water sport; deploying and recovery is made via aft platform lifting mechanisms. The very top of the yacht’s hardtop holds a pair of solar panels, offering sufficient power for mandatory systems such as bilge or fire alarm even if the boat is abandoned for a time. VOLVO delivers the complete propulsion system; triple engine installation combined with IPS technology, giving outstanding capabilities and performance.
Horizon 70 is top coated with Alex Seal metallic paint as a standard, so no compromise is made on aesthetics. Putting safety first, the designers have even implemented the radical change of replacing the traditional steering wheel with a single joystick, fully capable of maneuvering, hidden under the console.Experienced captains and mechanical engineers were involved in the design
process from day one, over-seeing the mooring arrangement, helm console ergonomics, machinery spaces and layout, ensuring that real knowledge was applied.
The team behind this notable engineering and intricate design, Mr. Haythem Macki (Chairman and Founder Sapphire Marine Group SMG) and Mr. Dusan Antic (Partner and Head of Design and Engineering AYD) are well-experienced yachtsman who are always ready for innovative ideas. Antic believes that Horizon 70 is defining a new segment in the leisure market, where future yacht owners are getting great value, including “superyacht” features, at a reasonable cost. Indeed, offered cabin height, sizable corridors, and spaciousness are not usual for 60 and 70 footers. Describing Horizon 70 in a few words, Antic said: “Design and style defined by function”. Sapphire Marine is not one to compromise on quality. All materials are supplied from well-known vendors, mostly in Europe. Interiors are completely produced in Germany and sent over for final installation. Meanwhile, electrical systems, cabling and other components are shipped from Slovenia. Complete surface treatment and the final topcoat process are entrusted to a well-known UK company, and are completed on site.
The final production of the yacht takes place in Oman, at Sapphire Marine facilities. Horizon 70 will be certified by DNV-GL as a vessel of design category B: ‘Offshore.’ Chairman of the company Mr. Macki feels very confident about the project: “We are very excited to have an opportunity to build a masterpiece like Horizon 70. With inhouse expertise we gained through many successful projects for the Navy and Coast Guard, and great support of our sister company Argo Navis Studio there is no doubt that the final product will be a great success.”
The team’s collective skill-set enables bespoke solutions from conception to delivery. The software used encompasses naval design, finite element analysis, tolling and prototyping that facilitate outstanding quality design output, meticulous accuracy in measurements and renowned results. For Argo Navis the absolute priority is to bring Horizon 70 on the water and hand it over to the owner. As per schedule they are planning sea trials and final handover in Q2 2017. She will be navigating in the south of France and the west Italian coast.

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