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Moonen and Shakin'

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I’ve known people who seem to never sleep and yet accomplish a variety of tasks with equal skill and ability. The designers and builders at Moonen certainly seem to fit into that class of people. Though the yard is best known for pocket-size megayachts (see last month’s “Small Wonder”), classifying Moonen yachts will be harder in the future as the shipyard has three mold-breaking vessels currently under construction.

There’s the biggest (above): At 133 feet, the largest Moonen ever is currently under construction. The client is a repeat customer who, like many owners, kept moving up in size with each boat. (His first was an 84-footer followed by a 97-footer.) But, unlike many owners, this one intends to carry aboard a submarine capable of descending to 100 feet.

The farthest (below): The 99 Explorer is the fourth launched in this series. Special care was taken in both keeping her exterior lines sleek and extending her range from the previous versions. This Explorer has a range of 5,000 NM at 10 knots (11.5 mph), will sleep six in three cabins, and features a gym to help keep those onboard active while on long passages.

The fastest: The most recent addition to the Moonen portfolio is the high-speed 82 Alu, the yard’s first yacht at this length but a continuation of its Alu-series. The all-aluminum yacht should reach a top speed of 25 knots (28 mph) and maintain impressive fuel efficiency while cruising. Both the Moonen 133 and 82 Alu are scheduled to be delivered in 2012.


After all that, I wouldn’t be surprised if the designers and builders at Moonen needed a nap. I’m tired just listening to how busy they’ve been.


This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.