It is with much sadness that we have to share that Rien Moonen, the founder of Moonen Yachts in The Netherlands, passed away on Monday 29 March 2021 in Spain, where he enjoyed a holiday with his wife Mieke.

Rien Moonen (1936) was the second son of 11 children. He started to work at his fathers’ painting company when he was only 15 years old, and took over the business when he was just old enough to run it. His entrepreneurship, in combination with his remarkable personality, turned the company into a profitable and well known entity. Through this success, he was able to buy his first boat, an 11m steel cruiser, which he purchased at De Ruiter Shipyards. When Rien Moonen moved from painting into real estate, he offered De Ruiter a plot in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. A nice shipyard, where they could expand. They did, and built beautiful boats that live on in the Moonen brand until today. At a certain moment in time Rien had the opportunity to take over the yard and renamed it Moonen Shipyards. Helming the company enabled him to combine his entrepreneurial skills with his biggest passion: yachts!

Rien was the driving force behind the switch to start building stylish elegant and timeless superyachts with great seaworthiness. This is what Moonen Yachts, after all these years is still famous for. He created the brand, established the iconic Moonen DNA and gave the brand its unforgettable logo by using the two interconnected OO’s from his family name. May he rest in peace.


In November last year the keel for Moonen Yachts’ fourth 36 metre Moonen Martinique, YN201, was laid. Now under construction and due for delivery in 2022, YN201 has been designed by René van der Velden and Diana Yacht Design. The interior designer will work in close cooperation with the new owners to ensure the interior of YN201 meets their wishes.

Since 2018 when M/Y BRIGADOON, the first Martinique, was delivered, this 36 metre platform has been a popular new build amongst owners. When stepping onboard for the first time, many make mention of the fact that Martinique exudes space and feels much larger than other yachts in her size range. The large guest cabins and spacious crew quarters are amongst the many unique features that they notice.

In light of this, Moonen Yachts set out to improve on this popular build even more. Already a spacious design, the Moonen Martinique has now been significantly improved with the extension her sundeck. An extra 2.5 metres in length ultimately improves the usability of this fantastic deck and provides the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views from the optional Jacuzzi.

With four spacious decks, YN201 draws on the features that make M/Y BRIGADOON, M/Y KOKORO and the currently in build YN200 so great.

YN201 is available for sale and is due for delivery in 2022.

YN201 features:

  • Full beam Master stateroom
  • Four luxurious guest cabins
  • Extra large sun deck
  • Optional Jacuzzi
  • Open air lounge on Bridge deck
  • Captain’s cabin located on Bridge deck
  • Option to add glass bulwarks in place of stainless steel railings
  • Garage for a 5.7 metre tender
  • Storage for two jet skis on the bow of the main deck
  • Spacious crew quarters


Length: 36.30m / 119ft
Beam: 8m / 26.2ft
Draft: 2.10m / 6.9ft
Guests: 10 + 2 guests in 5 cabins
Crew: 7 crew in 4 cabins
Maximum speed: 16.5 knots
Cruising speed: 14 knots
Range: 4.000 nautical miles

If you would like more information on the above announcement or details regarding the purchase of YN201, please contact Marianne Hendriks on +31 6 5199 7060.


Moonen 110, the newest design concept from Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts has officially become the next yacht in line to be built at their shipyard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The engineering of YN202 has started, in preparation of the yacht construction that will begin in June.

Characterised by her sleek, low profile design, Moonen 110 will be beautifully presented across three decks with ample outdoor living. Interior design by Studio Indigo or the clients preferred designer, Exterior design by René van der Velden and Naval Architecture by Diana Yacht Design, ensure this timeless yacht will display the premium Dutch build quality that Moonen Yachts is well known for. Moonen 110 will feature panoramic views, a dining area with floor to ceiling windows, a full beam Master stateroom and a full beam VIP stateroom.

The new YN202 will be the first Moonen 110 to be built by the shipyard and has a planned delivery date of 2023. She is currently available for sale.

If you would like more information on the above announcement or details regarding the purchase of YN202, please contact Marianne Hendriks on +31 6 5199 7060.

MOONEN YACHTS IN CONVERSATION: Captain Matthew Curtis of M/Y Botti

At just 34 years of age, it’s fair to say Matthew Curtis has already achieved a lot in life. Currently the Captain of 27 metre Moonen built superyacht BOTTI, over the next year Matthew will face a whole new set of challenges and achievements as he becomes Captain of ‘in-build’ 36m Moonen Martinique, YN200.

Raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Matthew grew up in the hub of what is known as the Grand Strand; almost 100 kilometres of uninterrupted coastline off the Atlantic Ocean, adorned with a string of beautiful beaches. Growing up on the water Matthew naturally became interested in fishing, and in high school he was particularly interested in offshore saltwater fishing. Because of this, Matthew developed a passion for yachting early in life.

After college, Matthew moved to South Florida to jump on board a yacht and travel for 6 months, before getting what he describes as a “real” job. Falling hook, line and sinker in love with yachting, Matthew has now been in the industry for more than ten years and can decisively attribute his successful yachting career to his passion for fishing.

Here Matthew gives us an honest glimpse into his experience on board, and what it’s like to be at the helm of a Moonen superyacht.

How does it feel to be the Captain of BOTTI?
Rewarding. We are always turning heads when we pull into a marina. Everyone commits on her lines and her appearance. 

How did you find the process of becoming accustomed to BOTTI? Was it easy to become familiar with her systems?
It took some time to get adjusted. Botti was my first Moonen and first European boat. It’s not something that you step on and go. That being said, the support from previous captains as well as the shipyard was outstanding. They really did a great job helping me become accustomed to the vessel.   

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your superyacht career as a Captain?
My first captain position was a tough one. I was only 27 and was competing with other captains who were nearly twice my age for the position. I was fortunate enough in the first five years of my career to work with some very good captains, as well as learn quite a lot about engineering. The engineering experience, as well as my travels, made the difference. It’s still a challenge being a young captain in the industry, but it drives me to work harder and prove myself. 

In terms of the build, can you describe what it’s like being on board and at the helm of a Moonen?
It’s a matter of trust in the vessel. I avoid bad weather like the plague, it’s not fun for anyone. But any day on the water can turn from good to bad in a flash. Knowing that the boat can take a lot more than we can is a great feeling when you’re offshore.

What has been your most memorable trip on board BOTTI?
My second summer in New England. We did a fantastic trip starting in NYC and ending there. We did a full loop and stopped in more than 20 marinas. We travelled to Long Island Sound, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, Newport, and other ports. The weather was fantastic and the owners had a fantastic trip!

What has been your favourite memory from being onboard?
The 2017 refit. We pulled everything apart and put it back together. I got to see the bones of the vessel. It was really impressive. 

Although still in the construction phase, what did you think of YN200 when you saw her for the first time? How did it feel to step onboard?
YN200 is a massive boat. You feel like you’re looking at a 40m+. When stepping on board, you see the extra quality that she holds. It’s all in the details that separate a Moonen from other boats in this size range.  

What are you looking forward to about the new challenge as Captain of a 36 metre superyacht?
I can speak for myself, as well as the owners, that we look forward to expanding our travel range. The YN200 is a boat that can go anywhere, and we plan to test that.  

Do you have a favourite yachting destination?
Harbour Island Bahamas. This place is great. Pink sand beaches, horseback riding on the beach, the fishing is great, and there are plenty of high quality restaurants for the guests.

From your experience, what tips would you give to new owners looking to purchase their first superyacht?
Do your research. Ask multiple Captains and other owners what you’re getting into. You can have the best boat in the world, but if your crew isn’t up to par, you’ll have a bad time. A good crew will make or break your program.

Can you tell us anything else significant from your experience?
A yacht opens the world for you. Enjoy it!


Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts has officially begun construction on their latest superyacht, with the keel laying ceremony of YN201 taking place on Friday, November 27th.

The project manager of YN201, Ian Vermoen, attended the keel laying and said “It is always an exciting moment when the keel is laid for a new project. This is the starting point of the construction of YN201 and a time of many milestones leading up to when the yacht will take her final shape. The next big milestone will be the joining of the hull and superstructure in July 2021, before the delivery of a beautiful yacht in 2022.”

The 36 metre superyacht is scheduled to be available in Summer 2022 and is now for sale.

Designed by René van der Velden and Diana Yacht Design, YN201 is the fourth 36m superyacht to be built on the shipyards Martinique platform. The interior designer will work closely with the new owners throughout the design process to ensure the interior of the yacht meets their needs and wishes.


The latest design from Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts has been revealed. Having carefully listened to the market, coupled with the trends and desires of both current and prospective owners, Moonen Yachts have developed and designed the magnificent Moonen 110 in collaboration with exterior designer René van der Velden, and naval architects Diana Yacht Design.

Moonen 110 takes into consideration the success of the Moonen 84 and Moonen 97 builds, both of which continued to be sold successfully between 2000 and 2011. At the time of initial development, the design of these classic superyachts was spot on and to this day continues to be admired and loved by many.

With successful incorporation of exceptional performance at sea, comfort, style and the appeal of a true superyacht, Moonen 84 and Moonen 97 proved themselves to be the perfect starting point for the creation of the superyacht builder’s newest endeavour. Moonen have set out to build on this success by delivering a yacht that meets the needs and requirements of those who both love and enjoy the superyacht lifestyle, whilst maintaining the style and quality of superyacht that the Moonen Yachts brand has become well known for.

A Gentleman’s Yacht, Moonen 110 will be unrivalled in performance and comfort. Spread over three decks; lower deck, main deck and a combined bridge and sun deck, she has a contemporary design whilst reflecting the elegant and timeless lines of her predecessors. Notable features will include; a full beam master stateroom, floor to ceiling windows in the dining area, ample outdoor living, and an optional jacuzzi. Next to the luxurious master stateroom and two twin guest cabins, a spacious VIP stateroom has been designed to pamper your guests. All staterooms and cabins feature en-suite bathrooms.

As demand calls for superyachts of a certain size, Moonen 110 will measure approximately 33 metres and will have a shallow draft, making her ideal for destinations including the Bahamas, Caribbean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. She will be perfect as an addition to your growing fleet, or a superb luxury retreat for your family and friends.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the Moonen 110, please contact the team at Moonen Yachts. They would love to guide you through the build and design of your future superyacht and look forward to meeting with you soon.

Click here to discover more about the Moonen 110.


This afternoon the Moonen team watched on for the joining of recently sold 36m Moonen Martinique, YN200’s hull and superstructure, at their shipyard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Earlier in the week, two CAT C32 engines were placed into YN200’s hull and today the crane lowered the superstructure on to the hull in preparation for the joining.

The ‘marriage’ of the hull and superstructure, is the moment you finally see the yacht take shape for the first time and is another milestone the shipyard looks forward to.

YN200 is the third Martinique in Moonen’s Caribbean line. At the request of her owners, she will feature a newly extended sundeck which will house a beautiful 6 person Jacuzzi.

Delivery of YN200 to her owners in the USA is planned for the end of 2021.

For more information on the marriage of a yachts’ hull and superstructure, click here.


A proud day for all involved. Today was ‘launch day’ for Moonen Yachts’ second Martinique, 36m M/Y KOKORO!

The Japanese name KOKORO translates to ‘heart’, uniting the heart, spirit, soul and mind. M/Y KOKORO was unveiled last week at the Dutch superyacht builders’ facility in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, where the Moonen team watched on as she was carefully towed out of her shed and into daylight.

In the same fashion, today the team gathered to witness the launch of M/Y KOKORO as she was lowered into the water. She is now in the final stages of commissioning before she heads out to the open sea to begin sea trials. There she will be put through her paces to ensure she complies with the regulations of Maritime Classification Society, Lloyds Register Group and Cayman Islands Shipping Registry.

M/Y KOKORO will be delivered to her owners in the UAE later this year.



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We are just a few short days away from a milestone moment here at Moonen!

Building a superyacht is a momentous occasion for all involved and there are of course a few major milestones along the way. One of these milestones is the marriage of the hull and the superstructure. The marriage, is a very delicate process where the superstructure of the yacht is slowly lowered onto the hull. This is ultimately the first time you can truly get an accurate visual representation of what the final shape of the yacht is going to look like.

Whilst it may not be quite as straightforward as saying ‘I do’, there are certainly many involved who bear witness to this occasion. Namely, a few very skilled crane operators and a group of individuals who have been working tirelessly on construction, will come together to oversee this process.

Before the hull and superstructure can be joined together, hardware elements including the engines, stabilisers, converters and generators must be applied to the yacht’s base. At this point, pipes and cables will also be mounted onto the hull by our technical engineers. The superstructure is then lowered safely onto the hull, revealing her final shape.

Now that the important aspects of the exterior have been put in place, work can begin on the interior of the yacht. This process will start with the captain’s and crew quarters and gradually move on to the owner’s deck. Blank walls will begin to look like artwork, the galley will come to life and open spaces will transform into warm, inviting rooms. Before long, the vessel that was once just a sketch on a piece of paper, will become a larger than life dream come true.

As we know, building a superyacht is no quick feat. It can take many years to build the yacht of your dreams, so when the time comes for the much anticipated launch and christening, you can bet on it that there will be a celebration. This occasion is when the yacht, that so many have worked on for so long, will hit the water for the very first time. A moment not to be missed, this is a remarkable achievement and a time for the owner and all who have made this possible, to come together at the shipyard to celebrate.

After the successful completion of sea trials, finally, handover is made to the owner. We will then bid bon voyage as she takes her maiden voyage off into the sunset to begin her fantastic new life at sea.

For YN200, the marriage of the hull and superstructure is about to begin. Stay tuned to follow her journey, because we’re so excited to be able to share it with you.

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“We were very much focused on our participation in the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race. But as with so many events, the organisers were forced to postpone the race, due to Covid-19. It is a sad but realistic and acceptable decision, as we do not wish to put the participants, the organisers or the audience at risk. The good thing is: the race is not off, it will be on, but we don’t know when yet. First we have to conquer the virus, and then we will conquer the Tasman Sea. We have something exiting to look forward to, thus let’s keep our faces to the sunshine, so we cannot see the shadows.”

Read on for the latest announcement from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, Australia.

Media Release – 4/09/2020  

Postponed until January 2022

It is with great disappointment that the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron announce the postponement of the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, until January 2022.

“The restrictions of movement, immigration and quarantine requirements around the Covid-19 pandemic have meant that the race is just not viable in January 2021” explains Allen Stormon Commodore of RPAYC.

“The race was fantastically well received throughout the world, with 20 confirmed entries already and over 100 expressions of interest received from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe and Asia, however everyone has been very understanding of the situation and for many it had already become impossible”.

The anticipation of an ocean race of 1250nm between these two sailing cities, a first for almost everyone, was as much of a drawcard as was the spectacle of the 36th America’s Cup, however, we understand that many were looking forward to ring side seats for the racing of these spectacular flying machines and the other events surrounding the 150th Anniversary of the RNZYS. 

“The RNZYS is obviously disappointed this cannot proceed at this time, but also excited about the long term future of the race which no doubt will become iconic” said RNZYS Vice Commodore Aaron Young.

The idea of an offshore circuit in the southern hemisphere has proven very exciting. The clubs expect interest in a combination of the 2021 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, the 2022 Sydney to Auckland Race, a return race to Australia or via New Caledonia, finishing off with Hamilton Island Race Week to continue to generate international entries.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsor for the 2021 Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race, Moonen Yachts. With the support of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club members Matthew and Louise Baxter, owners of Moonen Yachts, we were able to promote the race internationally and we trust that this profile will add to the success of the rescheduled race in 2022.

The Committee would also like to thank those who entered the race, plus the wider yachting community for their support and interest in the race. We look forward to seeing a great fleet on the start line in January 2022.
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