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Re: Moonen 100' Expedition Review

Discussion in 'Moonen Yacht' started by NEO56, Jan 29, 2015.

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  1. NEO56

    NEO56 Member

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    I wanted to publicly Thank Judy for doing such a great review of Moonen 's new 100 ft. Expedition Yacht. It was very well written, and I can see just how much work went into this review. There were over 500 photos taken, I don't know how that many photos got whittled down to what appeared. I really like the boat, although I'd want to make some changes to the upper deck helm station, and enlarge the galley a bit. It seems to be a perfect live aboard. If memory serves, you were in Europe for this Review/Sea Trial over the Holidays. I appreciate your unswerving dedication to this Industry, and your tireless energy. It requires a great amount of passion to maintain the eagerness to go above and beyond, as you have done so many times over the years. Again, my heartfelt Thanks! Keep up the good work!

    http://www.yachtforums.com/index.php?threads/review-moonen-100-explorer.24188/

    Brian
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    I just wrote this in a private message, but it's worth repeating...

    Judy put forward a Herculean effort to make this review happen. A flight across the Atlantic and back inside of 4 days, missing out on Thanksgiving with her family, then spending the Christmas holidays writing one of the most in-depth reviews we've published. So many people take these reviews for granted, not realizing the enormous amount of research and work that goes into fact checking, composing, writing, etc. Most of our reviews take 60-75 hours to write, which doesn't include image processing, color correcting, labeling, uploading, editing, front page lead-ins or the dozens of emails between yards, agencies, photographers, etc.

    As a bunch of "me too" yachting websites popped up over the past few years and yards began sending out images to anyone that would publish them, I began to back-off on reviews. I'm surprised these yards would allow kids with absolutely NO knowledge of yacht engineering, maintenance or ownership to have access to images and information that took hundreds of craftsmen upwards of 400,000 man hours to complete. Many of today's yachts are technical triumphs and I believe that work is diluted when a website puts up pretty pictures with a few fluffy words.

    It's nice when folks from YF appreciate our work. We appreciate that you read our ramblings.

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  3. TeKeela

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    WOW!

    Kudos to the quality of the review. The photos are dreamy!

    That is one perfect yacht, the biggest 100' I have ever seen. I love the thought put into every corner. It has beautiful lines, every backup you can imagine, and what a dream it would be to wander around in that thing.

    I have a couple comments.

    First, note there is a typo on Page 3, it notes 220 gallons of water on board not the 2200 she carries. I was confused on that until I revisited the specs.

    Second, why would they choose external stabilizers as opposed to something like seakeepers? Are there issues with seakeepers? I would think you could reduce drag, increase efficiency, remove two big holes from the bottom, and not have to big steel plates trolling for sea trash.

    Third, she mentioned Italian electrical without the spaghetti. I understand the spaghetti, I have only been on a few Italian builds years back but they looked like the pasta factory blew up. That said, I thought this boat was built in Netherlands? Was it finished in Italy?

    Fourth, how much is a setup like this? I would have to think about $12-15M.

    Thank you again for these thorough reviews. I have never seen better!
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    I reread it, Italy is where the boat is, not the wiring done. Whew!!!
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    Carl....as I was thanking Judy privately, I also tried to find a way to put into words what that review accomplished that most don't. Here it is I think. If I was looking for a similar yacht, I believe from that review I would know if that was the one for me. It was that thorough that by the time I finished reading it, I knew that boat inside and out. It was the difference between reading a book and just reading a synopsis that many reviews are. Now it was a very unique yacht built for a special purpose and it hit that purpose as perfectly as one could. I also had confirmed the things I felt before about Moonen and their capabilities.

    This was what all reviews should aspire to be. It was detailed where most are just overviews.
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    I, too, would like to say that I appreciate all the work that went into another great YF yacht review. (A YF yacht review brought me to YF many years ago.) I liked the thoroughness, and got a real kick out of the word play throughout. And thank you, Nilo, for allowing YF to share your spectacular yacht with us.

    A detailed review about a yacht that obviously had a lot of detailed thought put in to its creation, what's not to like? Just one thing -- the review had an ending.
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    Bingo at $12M!!

    I second all the comments about the review being fantastic!
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    Thank You Judy and YF for all that you do and put forth making this a special place and for always keeping things safe here.
    I enjoy the articles and reviews and find them very thorough and well written and Thank you so much for the great pictures which you can actually see things clearly and great shot choices.
    Have a great and banner year
    Jim
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    Thanks to all have have responded so magnanimously and generously. The credit goes to Carl: he develops the relationships with the builders and owners and he makes the selections for which yachts are worthy of a YachtForums' review. And then he photoshops all the pics, does the layup, adds technical content and final editing. My appreciation also goes to the YF contributors that not only help educate me, but keep me on my toes. When I need information for writing a review, my go-to place of course if YF!

    Sending hugs to my YF supporters and thank you so much for making the efforts worthwhile!

    Judy
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  10. NEO56

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    I'm going to have to add a +1 to Judy's kudos to Carl. Although being an all around nice guy, he is somewhat of masochist, not only did he produce the finest Yachting Forum in existence, he creates Jet Forums thereby doubling his incredible work load. If you ask me, he's a bit nuts, but also should have a tremendous amount of pride for his work. Thanks, Carl. And please, keep up the good work!

    Brian
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    This a great review of an amazing boat. I am amazed of all the functionality and ease of controls, not to mention the stylish look and all the attention that went into design of it. What impressed me the most, for it be such a smaller yacht, it has an enormous amount of headroom at 7' -- how awesome is that!
    Great job Judy, thanks Carl for providing the review, and for all who enjoy sailing as I do, I know this will be a treat to enjoy.
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    Gyro based stabilizers are not as effective as the ones installed for crossing, especially in high seas. Yes, yr figures are rights...
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    İt was a pleasure, we have a saying in Turkish, when you share, sadness goes away and happiness multiplies...
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    Thanks to my YF friends!! Your readership, contributions, support, and friendship are all what makes YF a special place. I'm honored to be a part of it.

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    Judy
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    Kudos Judy!
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    Congratulations to you Judy.
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    I am just getting caught up on my reading and was so happy to see your proud smiling face holding your well deserved award for fine writing! I am looking forward to more of your wonderful work! What I want to know is how did you get that cool YF logo on your shirt?