DEN BOSCH – Moonen Yachts has unveiled a new model – the 35.5m, tri-deck Moonen 110, the Dutch yard’s 202nd project. Spec-building starts soon, along with that of a 36m project, highlighting the Dutch yard’s 40th anniversary year.
“The engineering of the first Moonen 110 has started, in preparation of its construction starting in June,” Managing Director Marianne Hendriks tells this newsletter.
The 256 GT vessel will feature an interior by Studio Indigo (or the client’s preferred designer). The exterior design is by René van der Velden and the naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design.
Its 40th anniversary year finds Moonen Yachts in good spirits.
The company starts on two yachts this year and sold two last year, one of which was an online sale and will be delivered soon. “The owner hasn’t seen the yacht yet,” says Hendriks.
Moonen has been building yachts of up to 55m since 1981. It emerged from bankruptcy in 2019 as financial woe engulfed then-owner, Mexican steel giant Altos Hornos de Mexico.SA). It was bought by the Australian business couple, Matthew and Louise Baxter. Matthew Baxter is the founder of AM Group, a global, privately-owned group of manufacturing companies.
“The Baxters have brought a new vision to Moonen,” says Hendriks. “We are living in a very new era.”
The Moonen 110 is also a departure in other ways. It is a tad shorter than Moonen’s Caribbean Series, sitting at the very beginning of the 30-50m length bracket that Moonen views as its clients’ home.
The Moonen 110 design features a combined sundeck and bridge deck. “It’s a yacht for clients keen to go island-hopping in the Med or the Caribbean,” says Hendriks. “The Moonen 110 is a kind of dayboat. The design means you’ll see owners, guests and the captain mingling more.”
The Moonen 110 will feature panoramic views and a dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-beam master stateroom and a full-beam VIP stateroom. Moonen 110 will have a shallow draft, ideal for touring the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The yacht’s twin CAT C18 Acert engines deliver cruising and top speeds of 10 and 13 knots, respectively. The Moonen 110 can accommodate up to 10 guests and have space for five crew in three cabins. Moonen will deliver its 202nd project in 2023.