Sofia stood apart from the crowd at the Cannes, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale boat shows. It was impossible to pass by her without noticing the flamboyantly yellow submarine perched on her aft deck. The sub certainly caught my attention, and when interior designer Frank Pieterse treated me to a tour of the yacht, I discovered the sub was merely a tease to the surprises within.
Moonen recently relaunched the seventh hull in the Moonen 84 line after a successful five-month refit at the yard. Etoile d’Azur, a René van der Velden design originally delivered in 2007 and still in the hands of her original owners, now boasts an extended flybridge.
Moonen Shipyard is ready to deliver its largest motoryacht to date, a 138-foot (42-meter) custom yacht called Sofia. She is the third yacht Moonen has built for the same owner. At the launch party, the owner confessed he is considering commissioning an even larger project, which dovetails nicely with Moonen’s expansion plans.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
The newborn in the Moonen family is the 82 Alu My Way, an all-aluminum yacht in the recently introduced semi-custom series. The yacht boasts all the best characteristics of a displacement and a fast hull and when equipped with twin MAN V12s, she has a top speed of 25 knots and a remarkable range of 2,000 nm.