Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands is close to completing the fourth yacht in its much admired range of Moonen 97 steel-hulled displacement cruisers. With sister ship Livia being a finalist in the upcoming World Superyacht Awards, the yard is confident that a buyer will be found for the new Moonen 97 by the time she is launched ahead of the sailing season.
“The latest technology now available without having to wait, ready for the 2011 season.” “All the experiences gained by the yard and by the owners of the first three Moonen 97s have been integrated into number four,” says Emile Bilterijst, managing director of Moonen Shipyards.
In terms of technology, materials, layout and aesthetics, the yacht will be state of the art. For example, Moonen has introduced a new method of building in the pipe work in the accommodation areas and this is the first yacht to benefit. The core construction was spray-painted before the pipes were laid. As welding work was no longer possible in the pristine environment, composite pipes were used for drink and chilled water. The overall result is a higher quality and an even better look. In a similar vein, all the pipes in the engine room have been painted before being laid.