Moonen delivers 42m submarine-equipped superyacht Sofia
by Malcolm MacLean
Moonen Shipyards in The Netherlands has delivered the 42m custom motoryacht Sofia to a repeat client.
A crossover between go-anywhere expedition vessels and the classic modern yachts that are Moonen’s hallmark, Sofia was designed with safety, functionality and redundancy to the fore. Built to Lloyds class and MCA compliant, she implements the latest building techniques with top-of-the-line equipment and systems.
Sofia also features a three-seat submarine nestling on the swim platform and boasts a plethora of rounded curves, including the phenomenal oval staircase in the centre of the boat with a skylight that bathes the interior with natural light.
There is no corridor on the lower deck, just the curved shape of the staircase with the four guest rooms arranged in such a way that they can be instantly entered. It all looks simple and symmetrical, but realising the right spatial division within a single shaped space took great skill.
Sofia has now left the yard for a summer of cruising in the Mediterranean followed by a winter season in the Caribbean and Alaska.