Horizon Yachts Launches Latest FD102 ASKARI

By Heather Collier

Horizon Yachts are thrilled to announce the launch and delivery of their latest addition to their FD102 series. Named ASKARI, meaning "soldier", she will be based in Airlie Beach with plans to explore the Islands of the Kimberley in Western Australia.

Originally envisioned as an FD92, it was eventually decided that Askari would be extended to accommodate her owner's request for plentiful exterior areas; now one of four models in the FD102 series. 

At 31.55m, with a 7.19m beam and 220 GT, her key features include her tri-deck layout, with each deck boasting a generous amount of space, including an open flybridge and a semi-enclosed sky lounge, as well as a five-stateroom arrangement with an on-deck master suite. 

As one of the 1964 motor yachts in the 33-35m size range, when compared with similar sized yachts, her volume is 35.46 GT above the average. She can also reach an impressive top speed of 18.7 knots, with a cruising speed of 10 knots, and is powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines.

Although this vessel presents a traditional layout on her Main Deck, her expansive Aft Deck, salon with full-height windows, and formal dining space and galley forward prove that her design is anything but conventional.

Gold Coast-based interior design firm PLK Design is responsible for the contemporary interior, with company owner Pete personally selecting the finishes and outfitting accessories.

Australian furniture maker Jardan supplied the majority of her furnishings to compliment the dynamic of each space, from the dining table and chairs to the tub chairs in the salon, and the beautiful Cambria stonework carefully selected by her owner.

The use of Australian brands was imperative to this project, and continues with the lighting, with Soktas Hand Blown Glass Lighting providing the main ceiling feature light in the salon, as well as the wall lamps in the full-beam master stateroom on the main deck forward.

Guest accommodations extend from the on-deck master suite to a further four staterooms on the lower deck comprising mirrored VIPs amidships and a double and convertible twin forward.

Askari's crew quarters can accommodate up to four staff members, alongside a garage, which are both situated aft of the engine room. Her semi-enclosed sky lounge hosting a bar and seating area extends aft to a full dining area with a large jacuzzi tub.

A 15ft Castoldi Jet tender can be neatly stowed away on the foredeck, while the open flybridge offers ample seating and tranquil areas to bask in the sun. 

By Heather Collier