MYS 2017: Moonen unveils new 47m superyacht concept

Written by Georgia Tindale

The Dutch shipyard Moonen unveiled their new superyacht concept at the Monaco Yacht Show today: the 47-metre project Navarino.

Project Navarino rendering 1

Designed in collaboration with Dutch designer, René van der Velden, and named after an island gateway to the Antarctic, the 47-metre superyacht combines the capabilities of an ‘explorer-type’ motoryacht with an elegant, feminine design.

Through Navarino, Moonen have taken a pioneering new approach to the perception of ‘explorer’ yachts. As managing director Emile Bilterijst explains: “In developing the Navarino we have moved away from the stereotypical image of explorer-type yachts as ‘toys for the boys.’” Bilterijst continues, “There is no golden rule which says world traveller superyachts need to have a masculine design. With her sleek looks and sophisticated main deck layout, the Moonen Navarino will change people’s perceptions of how an explorer should look or who might prefer to be on board. And this is why we prefer to call her a ‘go-anywhere’ superyacht.”  

Project Navarino 47m rendering 3

With an owner’s suite on the main deck and four guest cabins below, Navarino offers accommodation for up to 10 people on board. In her innovative layout, the aft deck lazarette of the 47-metre superyacht is raised so that it is on the same level as the beach club. Dispensing with the normal split-level arrangement in this part of the yacht generates a considerable amount of space for enjoying the alfresco life and nature close to the water. 

Project Navarino 47m rendering 4

Navarino’s monocoque structure (where the hull and main deck are a single entity) offers major benefits in terms of strength, stiffness and weight, and means that the main deck does not have any side decks. This structure results in an increase in volume and a full-beam interior across the entire main deck. With her optimum use of interior space, Navarino is one of the largest 500 GT superyachts available on the market. 

In response to increasingly strict rules protecting natural areas, the Navarino offers advanced options to ensure owners continued access to such regions while reducing their overall environmental impact. These solutions include the use of solar panels and sustainable materials, the heat recovery of exhaust gases and a hybrid propulsion arrangement.  

Project Navarino rendering 2Lengthy expeditions are enabled by the space available to hold food and supplies, including a large area in the forepeak and additional storage beneath the raised aft deck. Navarino can carry at least 50,000 litres of fuel and has a fresh water capacity of 12,000 litres, making her robust enough for travel to everywhere from Alaska to Argentina, in all types of seas. 

Although Navarino can certainly be described as pioneering, Moonen are remaining true to their roots in classic yachts. As Bilterijst told SYT: “Classic yachts are part of our DNA and we will not deviate too much from who we are at our core: builders of timeless yachts. The Caribbean line is a good example of a design that has the classic DNA with a modern twist. The Navarino takes this even a step further but still holds the same DNA. The Navarino and all our custom yachts, however, follow our DNA: go anywhere, gentleman’s yachts... albeit a modern gentleman.”



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