Since 1981 Moonen Shipyards has blended the latest technology with age-old craftsmanship to create about 75 handsome, seaworthy yachts. Moonen is now a world leader in designing and building “pocket-size superyachts” between approx. 20 and 45 metres (65 and 150 feet). Moonen builds fully custom and semi-custom steel-hulled superyachts, including Displacement and Explorer types, as well as all-aluminum Fast Yachts and semi-displacement superyachts. All of exceptional, award-winning quality. Moonen strives to bring to life each client's unique vision of the ideal yacht, while maintaining that "typical Moonen" look. Each Moonen yacht therefore expresses the imagination of its owner, even as each shares the heritage of Moonen's experience, fine Dutch quality and workmanship. Owning a Moonen yacht means joining an exclusive club, as we build just three or four yachts each year. Moonen designs into each yacht the essential qualities of seakeeping, maneuverability, stability, silence, and the basic parameters of contentment by way of impeccable handmade wood joinery; designed, furnished, and decorated to the owner's taste. This combination of premium quality and advanced technology, guided by personal client input and the keen commitment of the Moonen crew, make every Moonen yacht a joy to own and an excellent investment. The same experienced hands who build Moonen yachts also perform the full range of refit work including general refurbishment, hull and superstructure lengthening, repair, or total rebuild. “Moonen Refits” is always ready to give "mature" Moonen yachts, or yachts from other respected shipyards, the reward of a new life. Since acquiring a new 60-metre construction hall in the town of Groot-Ammers, Moonen also does refits of yachts up to a length of approx. 50 meters (165 feet). The 's-Hertogenbosch yard continues to build yachts up to approx. 35 meters (115 feet) and retains all administrative functions, as well as engineering, design work; fabrication, finish, interior joinery while also creating stainless-steel components in their daughter company, Inoferro. This assures clients that all high-polish stainless aboard their yacht is made to perfection.
In the clichéd terminology of small ship and expedition vessels, the Moonen 100 Explorer sets a new standard of understated elegance with a yacht that seems simplistically contemporary in her motoryacht persona, yet offers the robust underbody to voyage anywhere in confidence. One would expect no less from Moonen which has provided pedigree of builder, naval architect, designer, and owner to create this cosmic beauty with global aspirations.
Boasting a pedigree that affirms her Dutch builder’s innate facility for order, detail and fine design, Moonen’s new 124’ Trideck “Northlander” flaunts high style with near-ballet poise; a picture-perfect completeness, certain to attract admiring praise. And my, what a pretty yacht she is. At first glance; Elegant. Clean and crisp. Inside, look for more unexpected creativity. She adds an ultra-modern exclamation mark to her “typical Moonen” lineage; joining an exclusive “club” which features outstanding, award-winning quality. Yet, so far has limited its production to only three or four excellent yachts per year. Since 1981, that includes some 75 yachts up to 124’ – cruisers, explorers, fast yachts and displacement yachts, in both steel and aluminum.
She moves in beauty, like pure sunlight; without flaunting an over-abundant splash or fanfare, yet boasting her unmistakably sophisticated air. Tiptoeing nimbly into the world market, Moonen Shipyard's new 97' Sofia II (its 75th build) presents a fresh measure of elegance into the semi-custom 74’ / 125’ yachting arena. Sofia II; she is certain to be welcomed by the exclusive coterie of yacht owners who appreciate the foremost in yacht design as well as the highest quality construction. Her bright, happy aura is well deserved. The second in its brand-new line of 97-foot, steel-hulled displacement cruisers, she follows the motoryacht Darsea, her predecessor, with added room and other innovations. She will be recognized, the yard expects, by repeat Moonen owners who are already aware of the first-class design, construction, and awards the builder has garnered in its inventive history. Those include 17 International Awards for design, interior, and innovation of superlative products. Four of those trophies were the very top World Awards for their size and type; an admirable record for a mere 27-year undertaking. This new Rene’ van der Velden design, a steel-hull, round-bilge beauty, offers wide range with comfort and scope, plus at-anchor stabilization. Her bright, happy presence promises many fine yachting experiences.
Moonen Yachts 94' “Nilo”A Summer House of Sculpted Sealium by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy “A summer house” is perhaps the perfect pretext for building a 94’ yacht, to fulfill the yearning for a world-wide view from a different perspective. A summer sea-house grants the ultimate escape from land-bound worldly cares, unveiling its brand new seascape view each morning, far removed from the humdrum, the ordinary. This owner searched for “Sun, sea, and summer.” Moonen fulfilled his dream with Nilo. A production yacht, yes, Nilo is the first in a proposed series, but what follows here is a blueprint design which alters that impression of sameness: With in-design thought, creativity, and the escapist theme, Nilo, from the Dutch yard in Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, has achieved a class by herself. Based on the success of its Moonen 84 (8 sold since 2001), the builder entered into its “Fast Yacht” concept with this new model, which was prompted by customers seeking slight variations. Some wanted a yacht with equivalent accommodations, yet lighter and capable of higher speeds. But there was more to this equation:
Dutch yacht builder Moonen Yachts has a collection of yachts called the Moonen Caribbean Series and we have seen one of them called "Bijoux" (Matica) built and sailing around already and a Martinique model under construction. The series encompasses yachts from about 30-meters all the way up to 50-meters and the 'Monito' is the largest of them at 49.50-meters LOA.
Dutch builder Moonen Yachts handed over the 30-meter "Bijoux" to their owner a couple of days ago. The grey-hulled luxury yacht was built under Moonen's Caribbean series and is the first in that line. Now that she is in the hands of her new owner, they plan to take her to Malta as part of getting acquainted with the yacht. Rene van der Velden has been responsible for the yacht's exterior while the Adam Lay Studio did the interior.
It is well known that financial problems struck the Dutch pocket-yacht builder Moonen causing them to shut-down operations. Great news now fills the air with the formal announcement on November 20th that the yard has resumed work. The Moonen 'Matica' is part of the Moonen Caribbean range of yachts the yard announced nearly 2 years ago. The 'Martinique' hull is also well advanced and is reportedly 90-percent completed and is presently up for sale. Any one can have her and still make interior alterations and have her delivered by the Spring of 2017.
Work on the first Martinique hull in the Moonen Caribbean series is progressing well at the moment. The first unit is a 36-meter pocket luxury yacht being built with a high-tensile steel hull. The steel hull is interesting from the standpoint that many builders constructing yachts in this size bracket tend to go for composite materials or aluminium perhaps. Moonen is sticking to the more traditional form. However, this will not hamper any progress or design and capability. As the name suggests, martinique is intended for an owner who wants to ply the shallow and calm waters of the Caribbean. Bahamas cruising is still going to be on the cards. Prop tunnels help to reduce the draft to about seven feet. The design is by Rene van der Velden and Nauta Yachts have the job on the interior.