“There is no golden rule which says world-traveller superyachts need to have a masculine design,” insists Emile Bilterijst, managing director of Moonen Shipyards. That’s why the Navarino, a 154-foot (47-meter) concept ready for construction, eschews “the stereotypical image of explorer-type yachts as ‘toys for the boys,’” he continues. In the process, Moonen is striving to change perceptions of its own brand as being more traditional.
MegayachtNews.com was the first to announce and show the Navarino, when our editor spent a day at Moonen Shipyards this summer. Final touches were still being applied to the design at that time. Now that those are finished—except for an owner’s tailored tastes—the Navarino shows off sleeker-than-expected lines for an adventure yacht. And that’s the point. What she remains true to, though, is Moonen’s engineering philosophy. A few of its yachts have undertaken ambitious travels. Northlander, for example, as well as Sofia and My Issue, have each cruised from one end of the earth to the other.
“We designed this concept to showcase the different ways Moonen owners can enjoy a modern and innovative world-traveling superyacht,” Bilterijst continues. Being a custom builder, Moonen can construct her just as you see, or work with you and her exterior designer, Rene van der Velden, to bring your ideas into her lines.
When it comes to construction, the Navarino has a monocoque structure, meaning her hull and main deck are one unit. It’s partially a strength advantage, and partially a lifestyle advantage. In fact, the interior on the main deck therefore occupies the entire beam.
You’re free to design that interior as you see fit. Do, though, consider keeping the lazarette and beach club on the same level. Typically, the lazarette is a step down from the beach club. Furthermore, consider keeping the glass stairway, to additionally lighten and brighten the interior. Whatever you choose, you get accommodations for a party of 10. Place four guest cabins below and your suite on the main deck. You also get abundant stowage for provisions.
With nearly 13,209 gallons (50,000 liters) of fuel aboard, the Navarino can take you from Alaska to Argentina, and more. Moonen says it can incorporate a variety of advanced propulsion and other technical solutions, too. These are particularly important, should environmentally sensitive areas be on your itinerary.