Sunday, July 1, 2012

New Moonen Designs

Dutch Shipyard Moonen Yachts are moving into the future with two stunning new modern designs. Rene van der Velden has drawn the modern lines of the 100ft raised pilot house seen in the above image, while Nick Mezas is responsible for the new fast displacement concept that is been offered in three lengths ranging between 18 and 24 meters. These designs have been created for the owner that is looking for a contemporary modern design by the renowned Dutch yard. Emile Bilterijst, Managing Director of Moonen Yachts comments;

'These new designs will help us serve an even more varied clientele looking for an unconventional approach. It is Moonen's direct response to changing market demands'.

This is the right direction for the yard to progress, capture the market and overtake their competitors in the industry with their modern designs. The 100ft design features a raised pilothouse, an owners stateroom forward on the main deck and probably 3 guest cabins below on the lower deck, but this has not been confirmed. One of the challenges that they faced was with the raised pilot house which would usually take away the space for the flybridge, but Moonen overcame this by incorporating narrow walkways to increase the beam so that the tender could be stored in an aft lazzerette instead of aft on the flybridge. Now owners and guests will be able to enjoy the full flybridge without the inconvenience of the tender. This is the perfect yacht for an owner looking for a modern yacht but keeping with the Moonen style of a gentleman's yacht.

The second design by Nick Mezas as stated above it will be available in three different lengths 18, 20 and 24m. 'We have had several enquiries from entry level owners, and it is vital that we do not price ourselves out of this area' says Bilterijst. Moonen believe that this compact and stylish little yacht will attract young families who will want to have minimum crew and steer the yacht themselves. This was all taken into account when the yacht was been designed.

The interior design is an open plan layout in the saloon/wheelhouse area creating more room for family interaction when owner and guests are steering the yacht to their next destination. She will include 4 guest rooms froward on the lower deck and will be able to reach speeds of up to 22kts. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product in the near future.

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