Published: Tuesday, 05 March 2013
Mike Fulton

Moonen Shipyards of the Netherlands, which gained global fame for its classical motor yachts of up to 35 metres, has revealed two striking new designs of 49 and 42 metres, with aluminium and steel hulls respectively. Both have been designed to be under the 500 gross tonnage mark. These impressive additions to the portfolio were designed by René van der Velden and significantly increase Moonen’s range of sizes and quality.

Moonen Reveals Two New Designs Under 500gt 
The Moonen 42-metre displacement motoryacht

The recent launch of their 42-metre custom motoryacht Sofia, complete with three-man submarine, showcased Moonen's ability to go larger and these two new designs confirm that trend.

“We opened a new facility in 2008 to accommodate larger superyachts,” says Moonen managing director Emile Bilterijst. “There we can build up to 50 metres, and even longer, if required, with just a few adjustments. But size isn't everything. We are also very aware of many owners’ requirement to stay under 500 gross tonnage. These two new designs are our response to that desire.”

 Moonen Reveals Two New Designs Under 500gt 1Moonen's new 49-metre fast displacement motoryacht

The 49-metre Moonen has an aluminium hull while the 42-metre design features a beamy steel hull with an aluminium superstructure of the same size.

“While primarily an indication of volume and as such related to the length, there are other factors involved with GT,” explained Bilterijst. “A narrow, lightweight vessel with a reduced superstructure can have the same volume as a heavy, wide boat with a larger superstructure and still have a higher speed.