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01-27-2016 01:24 PM
Re: Horizon 39

Originally Posted by Nereus39 View Post
I'm the reasonably happy owner of an Horizon 39 which is currently "in transit" from Manitowoc Wi to the Caribbean via the inland waterways. There are/were about 40 of these vessels here and there produced between 1980 and 1989 when the company went out of business. Based on "the numbers" the Horizon was featured as "one of the best off-shore boats" available for under $100,000 by Cruising World back in 1998. Primarily the Horizon was sold first as a bare hull for fitting out by the owner/yard as a sloop, cutter, or even ketch/yawl.

I understand that the company manuafactured a few boats under the brand name of Nemo. As much as I can tell, each vessel is more or less unique. By today's standards they are heavy and slow but in a full gale with wave crests above the radar mast I've been thoroughly pleased with the boats ability to handle the weather! IMHO, the Horizon can well serve the cruising needs of a cruiser for a couple who doesn't need 3 suites and 2 heads from the ex-charter boats and prefer more room for minor things like extra batter bank, water, fuel, sails, etc. My own cutter version of the craft has a stainless bow sprit for carrying an asymetrical spinnaker well forward of the headsails.
have you got photos of your boat
10-16-2013 09:58 PM
Re: Horizon Nemo '39 Info needed

I was fortunate enough to meet Barry, his wife and son when my search for the perfect boat led me to his Horizon 48, apparently the only one made. I immediately fell in love with Solution and love her more every time we sail her. I am slowly working through refitting her, but I can honestly say this is by far the best built boat I have ever seen. Heavy, solid offshore blue water cruising beast she is, trims and balances nicely and sails like a dream.
04-05-2011 01:03 PM
SecondWind30 My Father is Barry Scharf who owned and operated Horizon Yacht and Marine...If you have questions on your boat or need any info I can make that happen...Mike Scharf 727-324-3374
03-27-2011 07:51 PM
Panache for sale in Indiantown

Hi Jim,
I saw this message you wrote from 2 years ago. My search for a new home and a global cruiser led me to your boat in Indiantown, Fl. My wife and I live in Niceville, FL, on our 1984 Hunter 31. The boat is a good sailor, but it's a little small, and we want to go to the Bahamas in a year or 2 safely. Our boat gets pretty nasty in big waves, and it's just small and light. Anyway just wondering if you and I could chat before we drive 8 hours to check out a boat.

Originally Posted by jimstaf View Post
guess what - even though the post was 2 years old you do get a reply!
Yes, we did meet you on Lake Huron on our way home. Since then we did locate Barry and Paul and the molds. They helped me rebuild the centerboard and are great people. Since we met you the boat went back out to FLA where we fixed the centerboard, then last year over to the Bahamas for the winter. The trip back got us into 51 knot winds out of the North in the middle of the night in the middle of the gulf stream. Panache didn't have any trouble, handles way more than I want to handle! Look out for those squall lines. This year she will go back to the bahamas for the winter. How is your vessel doing? Feel free to email me - well I don't have enough posts to include my email so I guess you can't feel free to email me, so we will have to contact you thru this board I guess.
09-29-2010 09:23 PM
Looking at possibly buying a Nemo Horizon 39

The ad says nothing about centerboard are there different keel models? Anymore any one can tell me to help decide? TIA Rick

Builder: Horizon
Designer: Borgees

LOA: 39 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 3 in
LWL: 29 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 5 in
Displacement: 21000 lbs

Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 3GM30
Cruising Speed: 7 mph
Maximum Speed: 8 mph

Fresh Water Tanks: (115 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (88 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (12 Gallons)

Total Power: 30

Hull Configuration
Aft cockpit cutter rig w/long shoal draft keel.

Main cabin forward, head to starboard. Cedar lined storage locker port. Large salon with dinette and settee. Full galley. Quarter berth aft on port side. Interior is a combination of rimu (New Zealand hardwood), black walnut and teak.
09-21-2010 11:03 PM


New owner of 1983 Horizon 39 center cockpit ketch "Delphinus". Originally built in 1983 she was finished and commissioned in 1985 by Sam Darah. Her early years were spent in Florida. She was purchased in Clearwater by my seller about 12 years ago and has lived on Lake Huron since then. Plans are to get to know her and update her for the next few years then do the Great Lakes/Caribbean (and maybe farther) thing.

The survey didn't turn up major issues, even though the boat has been on the hard uncovered for the last 5 years or so. The only major issue on the thread appears to have to do with the center board. I asked about checking the board and the pendant-turns out there is no way to check from inside the boat and may be difficult hanging from slings. The main reason for my post is to make contact with the thread as well as with the current holders of the molds so I can get some input on checking the health of the board.
Thanks in advance for all feedback.
01-15-2009 01:31 PM
bluetommy77 so gar37

how did the horizon in dunedin work out? i've been noticing up for sale on the net...

10-31-2008 05:35 PM
gar37bic Thanks,
I'm glad to see the overall positive comments on Horizon boats. There really arent' very many out there, and there are a lot of 'other' brands with Horizon in the name to confuse you. The boat is in Dunedin FL, I'm in MA. I am acquainted with someone who lives in the area, who may get talked into going to get a first look at the boat for me. She doesn't like centerboards, so that should be interesting! I'm also thinking of visiting FL for the St. Pete boat show or the SSCA meeting in Melbourne, and visiting a few boats while I'm down there.
10-24-2008 09:10 AM
Nomad016 The Nemo/Horizon 39 boats were very well-built boats. I believe some were factory finished, but many were purchased in varying states of completion, to be finished by the owner. They are well-mannered and forgiving to their skippers. My particular one is ketch-rigged, although most were sloops or cutters. Other posts in this forum contain the specs. I have sailed my boat on the Great lakes for the past 20 years, after completing her in 1988. My advice to you is to get the best surveyor you can, to determine the overall integrety of the vessel. Best of luck.
10-23-2008 11:47 AM
gar37bic The thread lives!! I happened upon this because I just found a Horizon 39 (A.K.A. Nemo 39) available for sale online. I had never heard of them before and wanted to find out more, so Google to the rescue. I'm looking for a liveaboard cruiser that would work for singlehanding. At first glance anyway, this looks like a qualified boat type and might be worth taking a deeper look.
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