YARD UPDATE ’06: Moonen...

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YARD UPDATE ’06: Moonen...

Yard Updates

In to its 25th anniversary year and a full order book.

JUNE 2006

The 25-year-old Dutch motoryacht builder Moonen Shipyards has a virtually full order book for the next few years, despite the fact that 2006 sees two significant motoryacht projects conclude.
The first to complete was the René van der Velden-designed 34.7m (114ft) Moonen 114 Explorer My Issue, which is the yard’s first expedition-style motoryacht. Ice-class rated with a pronounced forward sheer, this steel/aluminium motoryacht, Moonen build number 182, features a slightly retro-styled pilothouse with negative raked windscreens. Powered along by twin 800hp MTUs, she is good for a maximum speed of 13 knots. At a more sedate eight knots she will be good for a 4,500 nautical mile range. Her interior is crafted with a satin-varnished cherrywood. She completed in June. Her build price would have probably been around the €15 million mark.
The longest yacht the yard has built thus far was the Moonen 120 White Heaven III, a 36.50m (120ft) steel motoryacht that delivered four years or so ago, but My Issue has the biggest displacement.
The second delivery of ’06 is the sixth Moonen 84, yard build number 183. This model has proved a successful development of several previous Moonen designs around 25-26m (82-85ft) or so. Prices for the Moonen 84 start at around €4 million or €156,000 per metre. The other 84s were Mimi, Gogar Lass, Moon Bels, Aurora and Sofia.
The seventh and eighth Moonen 84s, respectively yard build numbers 186 and 188, are on order too, which just goes to show what a successful formula the design has proved. The series is only five years old.
Moonen has also done well with its semi-displacement all-aluminium Moonen 94 model. The second and third of those, build numbers 184 and 185, are on order too.
Plus two displacement steel/aluminium Moonen 97s, build numbers 187 and 189, are also on the books. Both of those are down to previous Moonen clients.
Moonen claims to have built around 60 motoryachts since it started back in ‘81. At its facility in ’s-Hertogenbosch, it now employs a regular workforce of around 50 people and a turnover of around €10 million based on a couple of launches a year. Sizes currently range from 20—38m (66—125ft), the upper limit of which is governed by its existing sheds.
The present majority shareholders in Moonen are four Scottish brothers, members of the Snowie family, also co-owners of the Moonen 84 Gogar Lass. The fifth shareholder is hands-on managing director, Emile Bilterijst.

For more, www.moonen.com.

© Phil Draper