The "greenness" of the Vision 74 extends back to the construction, which uses SCRIMP resin infusion technology that reduces the VOC emissions (the so-called greenhouse gases) by 80 to 85 percent over traditional lamination, while creating a stronger structure at the same time.
The Horizon Vision 74 is one of a family of four designs that use basically the same hull in either 68- and 74-foot lengths: That difference is the addition of a water-level cockpit. Each length can also have either an open flying bridge or an enclosed skylounge. The yacht seen on these pages, the first of the solar-paneled Horizons, is a 74 skylounge and, even if you don't need the cockpit for fishing or swimming or boarding the tender, order this longer version: The extra length gives the yacht a more graceful and balanced appearance.
In addition to being green, the Vision 74 is a pleasant and thoughtfully arranged design that provides three comfortably sized staterooms plus crew quarters. The living areas take full advantage of the space available, but without the contrivances that some builders feel compelled to add in an effort to be on the cutting edge. Simply put, this is a yacht that just feels right.
Take the master stateroom, for example. It's a wonderful retreat, with a comfortable chair facing the television, a vanity/desk, intricately inlaid wood on the headboard, and real bookshelves. The large windows and opening ports supply both light and air, and the head has twin vanities and an oversized shower. The VIP, en suite, stateroom is equally appealing. The third cabin has twin berths and direct access to the day-head. In the foyer is the washer/dryer but, just as important, a gorgeous inlaid wood sole.
The main deck really starts with the shaded afterdeck that overlooks the cockpit, and which has a built-in settee and table. Twin staircases lead gently down to the cockpit.
Once inside the saloon, however, this is a yacht to be savored. The L-shaped settee to port is arranged properly for watching the large television in the opposite corner. Nothing is more irritating (yes, this is my pet peeve) than a settee that gives you a stiff neck from looking sideways at the television. For entertaining, there's also a settee on the opposite side under the large windows.
Too many boats seem to forget that people actually like to sit down together for dinner, but the Vision 74 celebrates that pleasure with a dedicated dining table that comfortably seats eight.
The galley should please the most demanding chef. All the right touches are here, from the bull-nosed granite counters to the big sink to the 5-burner stove. The drawers are fitted with molded inserts to hold utensils, and the chef enjoys a view in all directions. A short breakfast bar has a pair of swivel-out stools tucked underneath, creating a perfect spot to grab a quick bite.