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September 2004

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The Dutch Moonen Shipyards announced the construction of the 114 Explorer Yacht, a mega-yacht designed by René van der Velden. The Moonen team of naval architects collaborated with Stolk Marimecs a design firm that gained experience by designing boats for some of the most important shipyards in the world. The "114" is the first motoryacht of the Dutch shipyard to be included in the category "Explorer Yacht", marked by a low-bulwark profile and wide decks that offer the Owner and his guests comfortable and pleasant interior and outside areas. The key to the success of this mega-yacht is its design that is very similar to that of old research ships, with stainless steel hull and aluminum superstructure so as to obtain maximum strength and reduced weight. Substance and practicality are the passwords of this Moonen yacht, built in compliance with the Lloyd's Register Ice Classification rules for safe navigation at high latitudes. The deck layouts were designed so as to offer ample open-air spaces for relaxation to the detriment of more conventional solutions. By doing without the outside helm station for example, the flying bridge offers a bar, a Jacuzzi pool, a dumb waiter and a comfortable settee for the Owner open-air activities. The tender is fitted aft of the flying bridge. Even the bridge, located above the main deck shows that an attentive study was made to make the most of the outside line. In this case the shipyard decided to shorten the enclosed area of this deck and to develop a spacious open-air dinette, which may be closed using glass panels, in the shade of the flying bridge. Even the superstructure is quite outside modern schemes: instead of following the "wide-body" design favoring roomy interior areas, it is based on relatively high practical standards. In fact, the Dutch yard preferred layout solutions that allow to move easily on board, such as wide fore- and-aft passages for rapidly reaching the bow. As for the interiors, the lower deck includes the guest and crew quarters suitably separated to ensure reciprocal privacy. The tender garage is fitted aft of the engine room. The bow area of the main deck is dedicated to the Owner while the aft area includes the kitchen, the dining room and the salon with entertainment systems. Just above, on the bridge, there are the wheelhouse and an octagonal shaped salon with dumbwaiter.

For further information, contact: Moonen Shipyards; Postbus 3186; 5203 DD 's-Hertogenbosch; The Netherlands; tel. +31 (0) 73 6210094; fax +31 (0) 73 6219460; website:; e-mail:

LOA: 114 ft
Beam: 25'7
Draft: 7'6"
Displacement: 639,000 lbs
Freshwater capacity: 2,642 gallons
Fuel capacity: 11889 gallons