Second Moonen 97 launched; Sofia

On monday Moonen launched Sofia, the second Moonen 97. The first Moonen 97, Darsea, was launched earlier this year by the Dutch yard. Though the two Moonen 97 are β€œsisterships,” they are far from β€œidentical twins,” each being highly customized by their clients.

Darsea has a fixed bimini top, a single bridge-deck tender crane, a walk-through galley opening to the wheelhouse, three staterooms with double berths and one with twins. Sofia has a folding bimini top, two smaller tender cranes, an extended bridge-deck overhang, a U-shape galley, and two twin staterooms below. The saloon and dining area configurations are quite different as well.

The Moonen 97 is a prime example of how Moonen teams up with the initial client to produce a model with unique features that are universal enough to attract future clients. The Moonen 97 is an evolutionary design based on two prior Moonen yachts: the remarkable Moonen 84 (Moonen's most successful series, with eight delivered since 2001) and the custom Moonen 96 Clementine (launched 2005).

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