From the helm: A Captain's eye view of Infinity


One of the finest pre-owned Moonens currently for sale is the 30m/100ft Infinity. Stuart Elcombe has been skipper of this Moonen 94 for the past two years and was pleased to share why he thinks Infinity has a great deal to offer her next owners.

Two weeks ago we welcomed a number of yacht brokers on board Infinity, taking them out for a sea trial so they could experience her comfort at first hand. There was a bit of swell but we did a speed run and easily got 20-plus knots out of her. The fact that this was Infinity’s first trip this year and yet she worked perfectly right off the bat speaks volumes for her value. And, as her captain, it was a real pleasure for me to see how she impressed the brokers, experts who get to sail on many different types of yacht.
 
Pleased but not certainly surprised because since taking the helm of this mighty Moonen back in the spring of 2014 I’ve discovered for myself what a top Dutch-built boat feels like. I’ve worked for the same owners for 13 years and have to say that Infinity is infinitely better than our two previous yachts, neither of which came from Holland. In fact the owner was so pleased with his Moonen that we’re currently building a new one at the yard.

Seaworthy
You can read more about the owner’s thoughts on Infinity here but let me say that I’ve found her an exceptionally seaworthy vessel. We’ve been through a few storms and you feel very safe and secure. Infinity’s aluminium hull feels totally different to the fibreglass boats I knew before. It’s a very smooth ride with no noise, vibrations or creaks. In fact at times you actually don’t feel as if you’re moving! The comfort offered by the electric (read silent!) zero-speed stabilizers is great, with no roll at anchor.
 
I have also served as the engineer on Infinity and here too the Moonen quality template is far superior. The pumps are industrial, the pipe work solid… This is big ship equipment on a medium-sized yacht. Infinity is a three-crew boat and I run her with a stewardess/deck hand and a cook/deck hand/stewardess. We’re all multitasking but Infinity is easy to handle and maintain.

Family fun
Infinity is also a lovely family boat, with a seven-berth layout. She has good storage space for the watersport toys and a nice five-metre tender with a Yamaha 80 hp engine. The most popular spot among guests is the bow cushion, a great place to watch the world go by. The kids love it too as there are speakers installed. Another fine area is the large deck on the flybridge where we put the sun loungers. Relaxation and fun is what this boat is all about.

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