Moonen Shipyards has signed a Letter of Intent to build the first in a new custom-series of 24-metre motoryachts created in partnership with designer Nick Mezas. This exciting development is the yard’s response to clients seeking a cool new Moonen in smaller lengths than the leading Dutch yard normally builds. Moonen recently launched its largest superyacht to date, the fully custom 42-metre Sofia.
The new semi-series is available in three sizes of 18, 20 and 24 metres, and this first order confirms the design’s attractions for a new generation of owners. The yacht will be built to CE regulations and benefit from a careful analysis of systems and equipment. To enhance cost efficiencies, for example, the boat features only one anchor instead of two in a pocket as is usually the case with Moonen yachts. This in turn means just one anchor winch is required.
The lower price and smaller size of the design is appealing to a younger public. So too does the more aggressive styling than one would normally see on a Moonen. The yacht will retain Moonen fundamentals in terms of fuel savings, low noise and vibration levels, and the exceptional comfort of a round bilged hull. It will be fitted with Volvo IPS propulsion and have a top speed of 22 knots. Moreover, the IPS configuration leaves lots of space free in the forward section for four cabins. An open-plan layout in the saloon/wheelhouse area will enhance the social aspect of the yacht, which is likely to be helmed by the owner and his friends/family.
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