July 4, 2010

Improve-it = Moonen 97

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has launched the third yacht in its impressive line of thirty metre steel hulled displacement cruisers. Named Livia, this new Moonen 97 is distinguished by a truly original New England American Beach House interior from Art-Line. Livia was styled by René van der Velden, who has created a sleek low-profile exterior with an elegant flared bow, a sloping stern with twin stairways, a graceful sheer line and bold fashion plates. The round bilged hull from the boards of Diana Yacht Design ensures exceptional comfort at sea, while the economical shaping combines tanks for some 28,000 litres of fuel to give Livia an impressive transatlantic range. Owners and guests enjoy the most peaceful of cruises thanks to a comprehensive sound and vibration attenuation programme. In addition to deploying the finest noise absorbing insulation, Moonen has eliminated vibration at source by giving the yacht's highly skewed propeller fifty percent more clearance between the blade tip and hull surface. Livia is also exceptionally comfortable at anchor thanks to the installation of advanced Naiad zero-speed stabilizers. Moonen is known for its impeccable engineering and construction, and this Lloyd's Registered and MCA approved yacht once again proves why. One of the highlights of Livia's aluminium superstructure is the efficient flying bridge, part of a clear policy to maximize the pleasures of Al fresco living on board this yacht. The interior offers spacious accommodations for the owners and six guests. The master stateroom boasts a walk-in closet of unusually generous proportions. There is also a delightful VIP stateroom plus two guest suites, all with their own bathrooms. The Moonen 97 is an evolutionary design based on two prior Moonen yachts: The semi-series 84 and the custom-built 96 Clementine. The first two Moonen 97s were Darsea and Sofia II, while a fourth model is set for delivery beginning 2011.

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