Oceanco, Moonen win at 2019 World Superyacht Awards

LONDON – Oceanco scored a double win at the 2019 World Superyacht Awards here with its 106m (348ft) Black Pearl. And Moonen Yachts took the top award in the 33-40m (108-131 ft.) semi-displacement/planing motor yachts for its 36m (118ft) Brigadoon.

•Best Naval Architecture Sailing Yachts: Black Pearl (Dynarig) – 106.7 meter
Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
Buillder: Oceanco

Equipped with a DynaRig sail system and 3 carbon masts, Black Pearl won top honors in the +60m (+197ft) sailing yachts category. It was also named overall Sailing Yacht of the Year. Oceanco repeated that feat on the power side. Its 90m Dar won the displacement motor yachts (+2,000GT) category and was named overall Motor Yacht of the Year.

The jury praised Black Pearl and its Dykstra Naval Architects-designed DynaRig for its technological advances. Its 2,900 sq. m. of sails (31,215 sq. ft.), says Oceanco, can be set in 7 minutes by the push of a button. The awards jury said Black Pearl provides the luxury and comfort of a modern motor yacht yet has “the low fuel consumption and, hence, reduced environmental impact of a sailing yacht.”

36m Brigadoon

Moonen’s win with Brigadoon is particularly sweet for a yard emerging from 3 hard years in which the yard’s Mexican steel tycoon owner briefly cut off funds after global steel prices tanked.

CEO Johan Dubbelman said the award underscored “everything that Moonen Yachts is renowned for – elegant design, great performance and unparalleled safety.”

Dubbelman has given Moonen a new corporate ID and a portfolio of half a dozen 30-50m (98-184ft) models. Newly hired staff are buttonholing potential buyers across Europe and America. Says Marketing Manager Marianne Hendriks, “We are optimistic about the future.”

The yard is now building a sister ship to Brigadoon on spec that will be available in 2020.

Moonen’s Mexican owner remains committed to the Dutch superyacht maker. “They are pleased with what we do and deliver,” says Hendriks.  Sharing in Brigadoon’s win are naval architect René van der Velden and Diana Yacht Design.