To the Moonen and back

Dutch custom superyacht builder Moonen Shipyards has unveiled the new Navarino concept at Monaco Yacht Show. Named after an island gateway to the Antarctic, the project is a 47-metre world traveller, combining the attributes of an ‘explorer-type’ motoryacht with an elegant profile.

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At its unveiling at Monaco Yacht Show, the Moonen team showed of key features of the Navarino concept: a strong, space-enhancing structure, innovative stern design and excellent fuel consumption.

“We designed this concept to showcase the different ways Moonen owners can enjoy a modern and innovative world travelling superyacht,” explained managing director Emile Bilterijst, a naval architect himself and part of the Moonen team that worked on this project with designer René van der Velden. “One of the reasons for Moonen’s reputation is our ability to offer motoryachts in all shapes and styles. In this respect, the Navarino can serve as a starting point for a client seeking a go-anywhere motoryacht or as inspiration to go in a completely different direction.”

Broad appeal

The Navarino includes all the facilities you would expect from a yacht designed to travel around the world. These are wrapped in a fresh and contemporary design jacket with various first-time features.

“In developing the Navarino we have moved away from the stereotypical image of explorer-type yachts as ‘toys for the boys,’” Bilterijst continued. “There is no golden rule which says world traveller superyachts need to have a masculine design. With her sleek looks and sophisticated main deck layout, the Moonen Navarino will change people’s perceptions of how an explorer should look or who might prefer to be on board. And this is why we prefer to call her a ‘go-anywhere’ superyacht.”

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Track record

Moonen has already built various impressive yachts that have criss-crossed the planet, including the all-custom 42-metre Sofia, the 38-metre award winner Northlander and the more traditional 35-metre explorer My Issue. This experience – as well as the construction skills of the Moonen craftsmen – will be poured into the Navarino, which will be robust enough for travel to everywhere from Alaska to Argentina, in all types of seas.

The 47-metre Navarino has a monocoque structure, with the hull and main deck being a single entity. As well as offering major benefits in terms of strength, stiffness and weight, this means there are no side decks on the main deck. The result is an increase in volume and a full-beam interior across the entire main deck. These areas will be optimised with the client to ensure personalised relaxation during long expeditions, as well as to incorporate any wishes in terms of onboard facilities. The optimum use of interior space makes the Navarino one of the largest 500 GT superyachts available on the market today.

Innovative design

In another new development, the aft deck lazarette of the Moonen Navarino is raised so that it is on the same level as the beach club. Dispensing with the normal split-level arrangement in this part of the yacht generates a considerable amount of space for enjoying the alfresco life and nature close to the water. The design team has lots of options for making the most of this unified space, the most pleasant place to relax when underway.

A further result of this arrangement is that steps lead down into the full-beam main lounge. The wide-bodied construction, combined with a glass staircase and floor-to-ceiling windows, generates a very open feeling in the lounge of the Navarino. This is further enhanced by keeping the aft bulwark low, ensuring that the wide panoramas can be fully enjoyed.

The aft deck is also kept free of all obstructions by having the Navarino’s tenders and watersport toys stored on the foredeck. The wheelhouse is positioned quite significantly aft at the most comfortable location in terms of ship movements when at sea for longer periods. It also means that the views are not obstructed by the tenders and toys, while enhancing the yacht’s graceful overall looks.

Future proofing

With rules protecting natural areas becoming increasingly stringent, the Navarino offers advanced options to ensure owners continued access to such regions while reducing their overall environmental impact. These future-proof solutions include the use of sustainable materials and solar panels, exhaust gas cleaning, heat recovery of exhaust gases and a hybrid propulsion arrangement.

Lengthy expeditions are further facilitated by the impressive amount of dedicated space available to hold the food and supplies. They include a large area in the forepeak under the crew zone and additional storage beneath the raised aft deck. The Navarino is designed to carry at least 50,000 litres of fuel and 12,000 litres of fresh water.

An optimised hull design in combination with sea stabilisers will ensure a comfortable performance underway and at anchor. With an owner’s suite on the main deck and four guest cabins below, a party of ten can set out on this world traveller with no limits to their discovery plans.

The Navarino is a fine example of the custom possibilities on offer at Moonen.

SPECS:

HULL: STEEL
SUPERSTRUCTURE ALUMINIUM
ENGINES TWIN CATERPILLAR C32 ACERT
MAX SPEED 15 KNOTS
CRUISING SPEED AT 85 percent RPM 12 KNOTS
RANGE AT 10 KNOTS 4.500NM

 

 LENGTH OVERALL  47,3 METRES
LENGTH WATERLINE 43,6 METRES
BEAM MAX. 8,8 METRES
DRAUGHT MAX. 2,6 METRES
DISPLACEMENT (100 percent LOAD) 416 METRIC TONNES
GROSS TONNAGE <500 GT

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