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Review: Moonen 124' Trideck "Northlander"

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  1. Located between the engine room and the garage, the ship's circuit panel is protected with nerf-bars along each row of switches. The ship's logs and manuals stand ready, secured but easily accessed. In the background, Moonen has gone to great length's to insulate radiant heat from the engine room with complete exhaust covers, making this a working engine room underway. In addition to thermal insulation, Moonen has achieved 33 decibels in the accommodation suites with only one genset running. Underway at 1845 rpm's, a remarkable 54 dB's were recorded. Climma Air keeps the ship cool, but in case things really heat-up, an Eltek fire control system stands ready.
  2. The engine room houses twin workhorse MTU 16v 2000 M60, delivering 800 bkW at 1800 rpm via a set of ZF 4540 gearboxs, twisting 5-blade 1200mm Bronial propellers. Venting the breathe of these horses are Marquip dry w/water injection exhaust systems. With a fuel capacity of 11,830 usg, she’ll deliver 2,300 nm @ 12.5 knots at cruise; max 14.5 knots. For real range, Northlander can cover 5,000 nm at 9 knots. Onboard power is derived from two Northern Lights M1066-A2.51 gensets. At rest or underway, Naiad model 520 zero-speed stabilizers keep rock and roll relegated to music only. Other vitals include 2 Asea shorepower converters, Hamann sewage, two Idromar watermakers and a Tijssen MPA system to keep vitals in check.
  3. During her trouble-free maiden voyage from The Netherlands to the Monaco Yacht Show and back, the crew experienced some rough seas, her captain said, and the usual Force 8 in the Bay of Biscay. Yet, she rode the waves smoothly, comfortable, quiet. With a smile, the captain reported, “She is a lucky boat.” To this, we agree.

    Moonen's biggest and brightest launch-to-date, not exactly a “Pocket-Yacht” as they
    affectionately coined, is certain to make her presence noticed as a creative masterpiece...

    ... and a crowning achievement!


    By Capt. Chuck Gnaegy and Carl Camper​


    Length overall: 38.16 meters – 124’
    Length waterline: 34.74 meters – 111’
    Beam molded: 8.40 meters – 32’
    Beam maximum: 8.60 meters – 28’
    Draft maximum: 2.50 meters – 8’
    Displacement full load: 330 metric tons


    Hull: Round-bilge displacement
    Stern: Transom with bathing platform
    Tanks: Double-bottom integral with hull
    Keel: Duct


    Hull: Grade “A” Steel
    Superstructure: Aluminum
    Fuel (9 Tanks): 45,500 liters
    Fresh water: 8,000 liters
    Waste water: 4,600 liters
    Used lube-oil: 680 liters


    Twin MTU 16V 2000 M60, 800 bkW at 1800 rpm
    Maximum speed: 14.5 knots at 50% load max. rpm
    Cruising speed: 12.5 knots at 50% load and 85% rpm
    Range at economical speed: 5,000 nm at 9 knots


    Styling: René van der Velden Yacht Design
    Interior Design: Art-Line Interiors
    Naval Architecture: Stolk Marimecs
    System Engineering: Moonen Shipyards

    For more information contact:

    Moonen Shipyards
    Graaf van Solmsweg 52
    5222 BP ’s Hertogenbosch
    the Netherlands
    +31 (-73) -621-0094

  4. Details:

    Wing stations are cleanly integrated into the Portuguese fairing, readily accessible at both beams. For maneuvering, Northlander depends on a Wesmar hydraulic V2-20 bow thruster.
  5. Functional and aesthetic, the M-124's louvered windows not only eliminate the need to "board-up" for big seas, they also double as handrails.
  6. The Cramm Atlantic side passarelle converts hydraulics into mechanics. This articulated system sits flush in hull combing just below the handrail at midship. When activated, the assembly jettisons out from the hull, then the ladder folds out horizontally. From this point, the steps deploy to the level desired. And finally, safety rails are inserted into position.
  7. The M-124's anchor pocket gets the KISS award. No problematic doors to contend with, only a pocket deep enough to fully retract the anchor and minimize parasitic drag.
  8. Moonen's emphasis on their "fast-displacement hulls" has struck a balance of displacement hull efficiency and planing hull speed. They accomplish this with a semi-flat, round-bilge hull type that tapers flat at the buttocks, enhancing stability. On the business end, housed propeller shafts minimize turbulence and a ducted keel protect the running gear.
  9. The contrast has been reduced and lightened in this image to further exemplify the hull design and a certain excellence Moonen is achieving in fluid dynamics with foiled stabs, rudders and drive shaft housings that lead to 5-blade helicoil props. Even the anodes follow the flow of water.
  10. This is the M-124 in the initial building stage. You're looking at - what will eventually become - the crew quarters. Notice the bow thruster tube neatly integrated into the ribs. For engineering types, the beauty is on the bones and this baby's got good calcium.
  11. As we wrap up YF's review of Moonen's 124' "Northlander", we invite you to put this Dutch Dame on your desktop with one of three wallpapers we've uploaded to YF's server. The next best thing to owning is beholding! <end>

  12. Moonen 124' "Northlander" - Deck Plans
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