Published: Wednesday, 05 June 2013

The Nedtherland's Moonen shipyard has just launched the Moonen 100 Explorer. This long distance, expedition-type yacht was custom-developed with Vripack Naval Architects for a repeat client. 

Moonen Launches The 100 Explorer

Although classed as an MCA Short Range Yacht, the Moonen 100 Explorer is also suitable for long ocean passages. The yacht carries some 36,000 litres of fuel, and is equipped with a water maker and a Hamann marine sewage treatment plant. She has been designed with high levels of fuel efficiency that give her a range of about 5,000 nautical miles at ten knots, thereby capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean. The efficient hull shape, bulbous bow, sophisticated weight-saving measures, and highly efficient propellers and engines also reduce running costs and minimise the yacht's environmental impact.

Moonen also boasts about the yacht's remarkably low noise and vibration levels, achieved by flexible mounting of the interiors, the fitting of vibration dampers and a careful campaign of insulation. Moonen also notes that the yacht shows excellent sea-keeping performance and impressive stability at anchor.

The yacht features three large suites and the owners' stateroom covers the full beam on the lower deck with a spacious bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. As well as sleeping facilities for seven guests, this 100 Explorer offers accommodations for four crew in the bow. There is a great deal of storage both in the cabins and in a range of dedicated storage areas, like that situated under the crew compartment in the foreship, which also doubles as a laundry. 

"The Moonen 100 Explorer benefits from the very latest insights in design, yachtbuilding efficiencies and quality control," said project manager Sietse van der Zee. "In partnership with the naval architects and engineers at Vripack, we built the interior faster thanks to a greater degree of prefabrication and a more efficient outfitting process. The systems were developed in sections, allowing for intermediate controls on progress. The yacht is also lighter than expected, without sacrificing sturdiness, and is thus more fuel efficienct. The project has enabled us to develop an even leaner and cleaner construction process that will undoubtedly enhance future builds."