Moonen launches second 94 Alu Infinity

Moonen Shipyards, builders of fine “pocket-size fast superyachts,” is pleased to announce delivery of its second semi-displacement “94 Alu” Infinity, which follows Nilo, delivered in June 2007. The yachts initiate Moonen’s exciting contemporary Fast Yacht Series of all-new designs.

Moonen developed the “94 Alu” model specifically for clients attracted to the efficient, popular four-cabin layout of the Moonen 84 Displacement cruiser, but who asked for greater interior volume and faster semi-displacement performance.

René van der Velden shaped the exterior aerodynamically, keeping the profile low by not adding a raised pilothouse and emphasizing the horizontal lines by eliminating side-deck fashion plates. Naval architects Stolk Marimecs shaped a round-bilge underbody to reduce resistance, provide a softer ride, assure fine all-around seakeeping and manoeuvring, and optimize fuel economy.

The “94 Alu” has a large swim platform and lazarette, and a long machinery space to include more powerful Caterpillar engines. With the added power, Moonen intensified its usual advanced program of noise and vibration reduction to assure silence everywhere, below and on deck.

Nilo is driven by Servogear Controllable-Pitch Propellers in high-efficiency tunnels for a top speed of 27 knots, and steered by custom rudders. Infinity, by contrast, is equipped with slightly lower-power engines and fixed propellers in tunnels, which moderate her top speed to around 22 knots.

The general arrangement of Infinity differs significantly from Nilo’s. The owner’s ensuite bath is shifted starboard to open the bedroom space; the starboard guest cabin area is devoted to a full-service laundry; the forward cabin is set up as a “leisure room,” with a convertible sofabed, for relaxed reading or watching TV; the crew quarters are larger, with a double cabin and single opposite, with mess between.

Both Infinity and Nilo have handsomely styled interiors by Art-Line. Whereas Nilo features light-toned anigre, to create a summer-house atmosphere, Infinity makes use of a richly grained mahogany-like African hardwood, sucipera, for a more classic feeling.

Moonen builds the Fast Yacht Series in Sealium, a light, strong, corrosion-resistant alloy widely used in aerospace. The basic structural design of the model calls for MCA-approved watertight bulkheads, though only Infinity has been MCA certified.

Infinity will be present at the coming Barcelona Boat Show (3-11 November): Superyacht Extension Part, Berth C381.



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