Inside Moonen's 21st Century gentleman's yacht

29 April 2021· Holly Overton

Shipbuilders are always looking forward in their pursuit of the next big thing, but a quick flick back through the history books might just reveal some inspiration they never even knew was there. And to create its latest concept, Moonen Yachts did exactly that.

The Moonen 110 is an evolution of the Dutch shipyard's 84 and 97 models from the early noughties and bears the hallmarks of its sisterships but with a modern twist. The 34-metre concept is a 21st-century take on a classic gentleman’s yacht sporting a low profile with retro appeal.

“Yachts that are super modern will age very quickly as they are connected to the fashion of that period of history,” says Moonen technical director Nicky van Zon. “If you look at the classically-inspired gentleman’s yacht it is much more timeless and will be appealing to yacht lovers both now and in the future.”

Designed in collaboration with René van der Velden and Diana Yacht Design, the Moonen 110 features three decks, floor-to-ceiling windows and a two-tone hull that pairs a classic navy hull and ice-white superstructure. With a flared bow and grand twin stairways at the stern, the design is truly a member of the Moonen family. But the real ingenuity lies in the model's ability to squeeze more space from a relatively modest platform with only a few extra metres. 

Etoile d'Azur was delivered as Moonen 97

Unlike its predecessors, the Moonen 110 has done away with the exterior helm station and placed the bridge on the upper deck instead. In doing so, the owner's suite could be promoted from the lower level to the coveted spot forward on the main deck. The remaining accommodation is configured as a VIP suite and two twins and, unusually for a yacht of this size, both the owner's suite and VIP stateroom are full-beam. There are also five berths for crew compared to just three on board the Moonen 97.

While a preliminary layout has been outlined by the Moonen team, the interior styling remains open to interpretation by the client. The configuration of the bridge deck, for example, can be tailored to the wishes of each owner (with the option of a Jacuzzi pool) unlike the Moonen 84 and 97 that used only fixed furniture.

Moon River was delivered in 2003 as a Moonen 84

Designed with warm weather cruising in mind, the Moonen 110 has a limited draft that allows her to access the shallow anchorages of the Bahamas or seek out quiet spots closer to shore in the Mediterranean. There are areas for large groups of family and friends to come together, like the al fresco dining area on the aft deck or light-filled main saloon if the weather takes a turn, or there are more secluded alternatives for one or two to break away from the rest of the party. A trio of sunpads are set forward of the bridge with steps that lead down to a second, more secluded suntrap at the bow with two coffee tables on either side of a companionway and set back from the anchor operations.

Noise and vibration levels have been placed under a magnifying glass to create a yacht that is both sophisticated and comfortable and in equal measures. Pumps, pipes, hydraulics blocks and electrical cabinets, essentially anything that makes a noise, are all mounted on rubber dampers, while the generators are 'air mounted' on specially designed frames. “Essentially, they are floating on air which keeps the noise and vibration to an absolute minimum,” explains Cornee de Bruin, head of Moonen's mechanical department. “Nothing is fitted directly below the main deck or on the bulkhead either, to ensure no noise or vibration passes into the main living spaces.”

Bijoux was delivered in 2016 as a 30m Moonen Matica

Classic design has always been a valuable source of inspiration, particularly so in the luxury market, and yachting is no exception. Moonen has been able to take elements from its past successes and reshape it into an all-new 34 metre that is still inherently ‘Moonen’. “The build quality, the materials, the comfort levels are all higher than ever before, but this has been achieved without losing sight of our heritage and clientele taste,” says van Zon.

Marianne Hendriks, managing director of Moonen Yachts, views the yacht’s sophisticated styling as a reflection of its potential owners. “They appreciate quality and the finer things in life but do not wish to stand out through loud designs,” she says. “It is like wearing a very expensive piece of jewellery – only the connoisseurs recognise the quality immediately.”

Yes, it is an evolution of an older model, says Hendriks, “but what’s wrong with upgrading something that was already perfect in the past?"

Currently available for sale, the first hull will begin construction in summer 2021 and is scheduled for delivery in 2023.