Superyacht of the Week: Caribbean cruising on Moonen’s Bijoux

Written by Charl van Rooy

It was the vision and passion of an experienced yachting family that was the driving force behind Moonen’s latest custom superyacht project, the 30-metre Bijoux. The first in its Caribbean series, Bijoux has become the shining star in the Moonen lineup, beautifully representing the shipyard’s ability in delivering Dutch-quality yachts built according to each owner’s exact requirements. We step on board to get a closer look.

Designed for comfortable and relaxed family use, Bijoux is theresult of years of cruising experience by her owners. Combined with the expertise of the all-star cast involved in the project, the owners felt that this was a key aspect to having Bijoux delivered on time and above expectations. “Monthly meetings were held at the offices of Camper & Nicholsons with the Moonen project team, exterior designer Reneé van der Velden and the interior design team from the Adam Lay Studio. Together they produced a yacht that corresponds one hundred percent to what we wanted as a family.”

The clients were after a clean profile with a timeless yet purposeful look. They found this in Moonen’s Matica line and were able to make changes to the yacht’s exterior areas to meet their style. A single line runs from the VIP cabin forward on the main deck all the way aft to where the flybridge ends. This adds to the streamlined profile to what is a high volume yacht for her length. “We are impressed with how Moonen maximized the interior volume while remaining just under the crucial 200 GT mark,” had the owners to say.

Adam Lay Studio was selected for the design of Bijoux’s interior spaces. Knowing that Bijoux was intended as a floating holiday home for her family, the studio focused on comfortable living spaces that would be practical as well as elegant and pleasant to live in, daily. The generous amount of natural light throughout the yacht meant that darker woods and fabrics could be experimented with. “Adam has done a completely outstanding job, generating an atmosphere that is calm and comfortable in every regard."

To accommodate a full beam master suite, the owners’ quarters were moved below deck where a large stateroom with en suite bathroom was created. This meant that a forward facing VIP cabin could be installed on the main deck, a rare find on a yacht of this size.

Two additional guest cabins with Pullman berths each are also found on the lower deck, taking the total accommodated guest count to 10.

Built on Moonen’s proven and highly successful 97 platform, guests and crew report that life on board is exceptionally quiet with minimal vibration and noise disturbances. While cruising at 11 knots, her strong steel hull creates a stable ride at sea with recorded noise levels of 50 dB in the main saloon and owners’ suite.

If the family is to enjoy their time onboard Bijoux as much as they did the building experience, it would be fair to say that Bijoux has many joyous miles lying ahead of her.

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