Refit of Moonen 97 superyacht underway at Moonen

Written by Gemma Fottles

Moonen has recently announced that the refit of the Moonen 97 superyacht Nimbus is well underway at the yard. Previously known as Alaska, the 30 metre vessel is the fourth hull in the series by the Dutch yard. Featuring naval architecture from Diana Yacht Design, her exterior was undertaken by René van der Velden Yacht Design with interiors from Art Line.

Launched in 2011, the refit with Moonen comes in response to the travel intentions of her new experienced owners, who plan to spend extended periods on board as they explore the U.S. coast, the Caribbean and - this coming season - Scandinavia.

The extensive list of works includes the renewal of 90% of the interior, as well as the upgrading of audio-visual systems and navigation and communication on the bridge. Captain Christophe Junca is overseeing the project, and continues: “We’re leveraging on the latest engineering thinking at Moonen in terms of noise and vibration attenuation, adding special air cushions on the generators, making changes to the main engine exhaust, and mounting all pipes and hydraulics on rubber anti-vibration and anti-noise brackets."

Lots of improvements are being made on the power management front, we’re rebuilding the mast to fit the new navcom devices, and installing 4G Wi-Fi. Add in a new paint job and a custom designed bimini for the aft deck and you have quite some work.”

Commenting on the progress of the refit as well as the decision to bring Nimbus to the Moonen yard. He says, “I’m very happy with how things are going on the refit… It’s been great to arrive at a new cycle of life for the yard. Everything is running smoothly and the owners have added extra work as the project has progressed. Everyone is doing a great job, including all the subcontractors – you feel very confident here as a captain because of the long-lasting relationship between Moonen and its co-makers.”

The refit of Nimbus is scheduled to be completed by the summer cruising season, whereby upon completion her owners will head to the waters of Scandinavia.

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