Moonen Shipyards have signed a contract for the Moonen 133, their biggest superyacht to date. Engineering on the 40m motor yacht has already begun for a repeat client, owner of a Moonen 84 and a Moonen 97.
The Moonen 133, which expected to be christened Sofia III, will have some unique differences compared to other superyachts her size. First, she will carry a submarine and will be the smallest yacht to do so. The two-person sub, from U-Boat Worx, will be stowed on the swim platform and launched via hydraulics; the platform will lower into the water, like a ramp. The Submarine will be able to dive up to 100m.
The Superyacht Moonen 13 will feature a luxury owner’s suite, plus 4 guests staterooms below deck. It will also feature a gymnasium that can be modified into an extra guest cabin if required. The Superyacht Moonen 133 will be able accommodate around twelve guests if utilising the gymnasium. The bridge deck will feature an alfresco dining area with open air design which is generally found only in larger yachts and becoming increasingly popular with many different clients.
The yard describe the Moonen 133 as ‘a cross-over of a cross-over’, blending rugged adventurous looks with modern superyacht stylishness and classic elements. She has a low profile, excellent sea handling performance and a very long range. The Moonen design team was responsible for the overall design concept, with Rene van der Velden adding his delicate touch to the styling. The owner has combined his wish for a larger yacht with a desire to stay within a length that allows access to small places. Her interior will be designed by leading Dutch, Art-Line Studios, working closely with the owner to make full use of the spacious Moonen 133 layout.
The Moonen 133, with a top speed of 14.5 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 9 knots, will make her public debut at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.