Wintertime still means yachting time in The Netherlands, where Moonen Shipyards has two refits complementing two new-builds.
One of the refits is a Heesen yacht delivered in 2001. Amigo measures 98 feet (30 meters) and is actually a repeat visitor. The owner has taken Amigo to Moonen’s facility in ’s-Hertogenbosch (pronounced “sehr-toh-hen-bos,” also known as Den Bosch) two prior times for refit and maintenance tasks. Now, Amigo is receiving a new paint job.
The other refit is one of Moonen’s own builds. She’s a Moonen 84 from 2007 (then known as Gogar Lass) purchased last year. The owner is also quite familiar with the shipyard, having taken delivery of two Moonens in 2003. He acquired the 84, which he’s named Impetuous (above), because of her lineage and because he wanted to refit her thoroughly—at Moonen, too. In fact, the owner reportedly had his captain point her bow straight to Moonen before nailing down full details or pricing.
Clearly the conversations went well. Impetuous is remaining on site through the upcoming cruising season. The punchlist of work is extensive. Outside, Impetuous is getting a swim platform extension of three feet (one meter) and new teak decks. Her flying bridge seating is being reconfigured and expanded. Inside, the galley is getting its own space, since now it’s part of the saloon. The owner’s stateroom and a guest cabin are becoming two guest staterooms. Of course, entertainment-oriented systems are being replaced throughout. Zero-speed stabilizers and a long-range fuel tank are being installed. Sound-attenuation features are being added. Finally, all navigation and communication equipment is being evaluated for possible upgrades.
Meanwhile, Moonen is also making progress on two new-build megayachts. They’re from the recently introduced Caribbean series. One is a 121-foot (37-meter) Martinique model, while the other is a 105-foot (32-meter) Matica model.