Thinking of cruising the Kimberley or steaming to the Great Barrier Reef? This Horizon Vision 68 (72ft LOA) is a proven long range motor yacht designed and configured with this in mind. 'Sandalera' as she is known has completed this journey numerous times. Her condition is magnificent, in fact it's hard to believe she has ever steamed beyond Rottnest Island.
She was delivered new into Australia for her current owner in 2008, her silver two pack painted hull seting her apart from the fleet.
If you're not familiar with the Horizon range, the Vision Series represented the largest volume boat for her length at her time of launch, she also featured the widest beam compared with other Horizon models. She is large enough to make "A home away from home".
Living areas and cabins on the three levels are enormous. Space has not been compromised anywhere onboard. Her main deck is open plan and ideal for entertaining and socialising incorporating a lounge, formal dining and galley.
Ahead of the galley, stairs lead you down to the accommodation deck. Her owner chose the three cabin version which enables a full beam master stateroom - that's a massive 6.2m wide! Features include hull windows, dressing table which could also be used as your office or library, plus a beautifully styled ensuite with his and hers vanity and an opulent shower recess.
To port is a guest cabin with two single berths. This cabin is adjacent to a full size bathroom with vanity, head and large separate shower recess. The formal guest cabin is up in the forepeak and includes a queen size island berth and a beautifully styled ensuite not dissimilar to that in the owners cabin. All cabins include TV and DVD players plus ducted airconditioning.
From the rear cockpit a stair case provides access to the flybridge, alternatively you can take the stairs from the main saloon directly up into the wheelhouse. If you're at sea, this is a great option and offers additional safety so you don't have to venture outside in foul weather.
The wheelhouse is large enough to be its own cabin. A leather lounge wraps around what could be either a dining or chart table. This also lowers to create another double bed for overflow accommodation. To starboard there is a small powder room, so no need to go all the way down stairs when nature calls.
The helm station is equipped with an extensive array of electronic navigation and communications equipment. A Sonar Depth Sounder is one piece of kit her current owner says is worth its weight in gold, able to provide an accurate profile of what's lying under the surface up to 500m ahead.
He also suggests the 80lb Ultra Anchor and Trac Stabilisation System fitted to Sandalera should be high on anyones list if they are planning a voyage along our coastline.
The skipper has his own leather bucket seat within arms length of the dash. Vision from the bridge is pretty good however a Yacht Controller and additional cockpit docking stations enable you to walk around the vessel while maintaining total control from literally any point onboard. This is ideal when berthing in tight quarters. Absolutely no blind spots!
The engine room is accessed via a water tight door from the swim platform or from a hatch on the teak cockpit floor. As you step through this door there is a bathroom to port with toilet and shower, a crew cabin, laundry with Miele appliances, a work bench, loads of storage plus two style drawer fridge/freezers. I would not be unhappy if I was relegated to the crew quarters. After all, this area is far bigger than most cabins I 'm used to... And it's airconditioned!
You could be forgiven for assuming Sandalera was only a few years old. Her engine room is immaculate featuring two 1000HP Caterpillar C18's and two 240V Onan gensets. These have been regularly serviced by Caterpillar. A hydraulic system runs the Trac stabilisers, bow and stern thrusters plus the windlass. No Mickey Mouse gear here, just heavy duty equipment built for reliability and functionality. An air compressor and Karcher pressure cleaner are also part of the engine room inventory. Access around the engines is pretty good. I 'm a little under six foot tall and there is also plenty of head room.
Sandalera has additional batteries to run the ship for eight to ten hours at a time reducing the need to run the genset all night. This provides enough power to keep the fridges cold and other systems running.
A Brig rigid inflatable tender with 50HP outboard is stored above the cockpit and behind the wheelhouse. A hydraulic davit system is used to effortless launch and retrieval. Simply remove the tender chocks to reveal yet another enormous entertaining area with bar and electric grills.
There is far more to this ship than meets the eye. Redundancy systems, backups and quality gear throughout have served her well and will continue to provide a brilliant and reliable luxury cruiser for her next owner to enjoy.
Whoever ends up purchasing Sandalera will also benefit from her current owners experience. He is happy to impart his knowledge to any new owner wanting to follow on in his footsteps and take on some long range adventures.
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