A new management team and superb new projects have pushed the brand to a worldwide top position
In 2020, Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts sold two 36-metre Martinique yachts. The first, M/Y KOKORO, was delivered to her owner earlier this year and the second project, YN200, will be completed by the end of this year for a repeat customer in the United States. Furthermore, the shipyard has an additional 36-metre Martinique and a 34-metre ‘gentleman’s yacht’ Moonen 110 in-build.
Rapidly increasing production in the last year, Marianne Hendriks, Managing Director of Moonen Yachts, attributes the shipyard’s success in part to the enthusiasm and encouragement of Australian owners, Matthew and Louise Baxter, in combination with the new management team, which has lifted the spirits of all employees and has pushed the brand to a worldwide top position.
Built to Stand the Test of Time
Currently in production, 36-metre Martiniques YN200 and YN201 have been designed by René van der Velden and Diana Yacht Design. The first in line for completion, YN200, will build on the success of her predecessors with the addition of a sparkling Jacuzzi on the extra-large sundeck, which has been extended by 2.5 metres from the original design.
YN200’s owners have enjoyed their beautiful Moonen 84 for the past three years and had many reasons to return to Moonen for their new yacht. “Moonen’s reputation for unprecedented engineering and quality of mechanical systems and general construction” being one.
They say “The sophistication of the ship’s systems are equivalent to that of a ship twice its size. There is no compromising any inch of the ship’s parts or materials whether it be a simple faucet to a major water filtration system. But more importantly, it’s the Moonen people whose pride shines through the manufacturing of their ships. We are excited about this endeavour and a lifelong relationship with the Baxter’s and Moonen family”.
Built for private use to explore the US-west coast, the owners of YN200 will enjoy her spacious main deck which is home to a large salon, adjacent formal dining area and an impressive forward facing master stateroom. The remaining guest accommodation can be found on the lower deck, comprising four cabins with two additional Pullman berths accommodating a total of 12 guests and seven crew.
The Bridge deck now features an additional day head, a design feature that has been included to improve the yachts’ usability. To the aft, the winter garden offers an indoor lounge that can be closed off with sliding doors, or kept open to allow access to the shaded exterior deck, creating a large indoor/outdoor space for entertaining.
With a draft of just 2.1 metres, both YN200 and YN201 can travel the world and comfortably motor into almost any port.
Reaching New Heights
With a slightly different exterior design, the larger 42-metre Moonen Marquis has also been gaining a lot of interest. From the five-cabin layout, sleeping a total of 12 guests, to the storage space for two tenders, every detail across her three luxurious decks has been impeccably thought out. An exquisite full-beam master stateroom on main deck includes a full bath and shower and an open plan lounge and study.
The aft of the yacht is dedicated to alfresco entertaining, with tinted glass bulwarks fitted on the aft decks to provide complete privacy without obstructing your outlook.
Outdoor highlights include the multi-purpose beach club with a dedicated day head and the large sundeck with a plunge pool. Indoors, guests will enjoy the bridge deck offering a private bar, indoor lounge and spacious alfresco dining area which can easily be extended to double the indoor space – a benefit for those located in warmer climates and who like the comfort of the cooler indoors.
In February, Moonen announced their classically inspired gentleman’s yacht the Moonen 110 would become their next build – YN202.
With exterior lines that differ from those of their Caribbean line, Moonen 110 will attract a different audience. The shipyard explains that the 34-metre vessel is an evolution of two of their most timeless builds, the Moonen 84 and Moonen 97, and promises the beauty and luxury of her sister-ships, with a modern twist.
Characterised by her sleek, low-profile design, Moonen 110 will be presented across three decks with ample outdoor living. She will feature floor to ceiling windows in the dining area and an optional Jacuzzi on the bridge deck.
In total, 10 guests will be accommodated within a full-beam master stateroom ideally located on the main deck; and a full-beam VIP stateroom and two guests cabins on the lower deck.