Unless you’re a local, the warm crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and the glitzy coastline of the French Riviera are just a far off dream right now. So we thought we’d dream a little harder and put together just a few destinations that you can take your Moonen to, post COVID-19.


Amalfi Coast: Imagine cruising the Amalfi Coast and waking up in a beautiful new Italian town every day. Just thinking about Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi is enough to conjure up images of beaches lined with sun lounges and beautifully coloured buildings that cascade down the steep landscape that is the Amalfi coast. Head ashore to enjoy the coastal views from land, wander the steep laneways and delight in the mouthwatering Italian food. Add Capri to your itinerary to soak up the sun and experience The Blue Grotto, a natural cave with impossibly blue water, whose entrance is only a metre high and can only be entered by a small wooden rowboat carrying just four passengers at a time.

Positano – Amalfi Coast

Croatia: The scenic coastline of Croatia is one of the most popular places for superyachts to spend a relaxing holiday and with so many beautiful towns to explore, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Cruise along the Dalmatian Coastline and spend a little time in Dubrovnik for awe inspiring views of the ancient city walls. Mljet, a tranquil and often forgotten, forest covered island has caves and beaches to explore. Polače is the most sheltered inlet on Mljet island for anchorage and its village has a number of ancient ruins to explore . Cruise a little further North and you’ll come to Drače where you’ll find Edivo Winery. Here you can book a scuba dive sending you just below the oceans surface, where you can fetch yourself a bottle of their famous red wine that has been aged for 2 years on the ocean floor! Imagine cracking that open on the deck of your Moonen whilst watching the sun go down over the glistening Adriatic Sea. If booming nightlife and a glitzy restaurant vibe is what you’re after, then motor up to Hvar. With spectacular views from the water, this upscale town is the place to be seen. And finally, Split. A town where you’ll be immersed in old world culture and can feel like one of the locals.

Dubrovnik – Croatia


New Zealand: Fondly referred to the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places you can visit. From the white sandy beaches of the North Island to the Fiords and Sounds of the South, New Zealand offers up some of the best hiking trails, wine regions and adrenaline packed activities on offer. The cruising hot spot is the Bay of Islands, and with 144 islands surrounded by azure blue waters, you could explore a new one every day. You might even be lucky enough to spot a pod of bottle nose dolphins! Whilst you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy the many charming coastal towns along the way. If you’re after a more rugged landscape, then head down to Marlborough Sounds. Located at the top of the South Island and making up 20% of New Zealand’s coastline, you’ll have no shortage of places to explore. Marlborough is one of the best wine regions in the world and famous for their Sauvignon Blanc. So duck inland to pick up a few bottles to enjoy onboard and whilst you’re there enjoy some of the fresh, local seafood that the region is known for and pick up some Greenshell mussels!

Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Fiji: Great for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, Fiji is made up of 333 islands all surrounded by turquoise blue waters. Beautiful white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, make for perfect spots to relax on the deck of your Moonen with a book, or paddle board and kayak to take in the sights from a slightly different perspective. Head to the Mamanuca Islands and explore the live coral reefs with a snorkel. Discover the island of Monuriki where the Tom Hanks blockbuster ‘Cast Away’ was filmed and snorkel or scuba dive the rainbow reef off the Somosomo Strait to witness the colourful and diverse marine life. Immerse yourself in Fijian culture and spend an evening watching the locals fire dance, you might even get to join in! And if you need another dose of culture, then take a swim through the natural underwater limestone caves on Sawa-i-Lau Island in the Yasawa Island group, where the 1980’s Brooke Sheilds film ‘The Blue Lagoon’ was filmed. These caves are also known to be the resting place of ten-headed Fijian God, Ulutini.


Whether you’re soaking up the sun in Capri, relaxing in a natural mud bath on land in Fiji or cruising the Sounds in New Zealand, you can be sure you’re enjoying a well deserved holiday onboard your Moonen yacht. With so many stunning destinations at your finger tips and a yacht that truly can take you anywhere, dreaming will soon be a thing of the past. Start enjoying!


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Revolutionary spray filler system used on new build superyacht Moonen YN199

Dutch based shipyard Moonen Yachts are proud to announce a new update in the construction of the 36-metre superyacht YN199 with the ongoing filling and fairing application utilizing a revolutionary new spray filler developed by AkzoNobel. The application of Awlgrip’s Awlfair SF (Spray Filler) marks a world-first in the superyacht steel hull category.


Developed by AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip brand and applied by De Koning Yacht Painters, the innovative new process allows for wet-on-wet application, e.g. the application of up to two coatings per day without the need for sanding between coats. On top of this, spray application significantly reduces air pockets, increases the overall quality of the system and reduces both application and process time. This step change in filler technology to the superyacht industry sees a combination of AkzoNobel’s cutting-edge coatings knowledge with both the component and technology expertise of Graco and the equipment design experience of Hogg, the designer and builder of the spray machine. 


Moonen CEO, Johan Dubbelman comments that this philosophy is a seamless fit for the Moonen Yachts brand. “As the shipyard is continuously searching for optimization and innovation of products and processes to be able to deliver the best yacht in the world, this new solution fits seamlessly into our strategy.” Dubbelman continues “The decision to use Awlfair SF on this new build was also made after a positive recommendation from Leo van Klaveren – the well-known and highly-respected yacht painting consultant and owner of Coating Consultancy van Klaveren”.


“The use of Awlfair SF cuts application time while delivering the high-quality system appearance you expect from Awlgrip,” Dubbelman adds.” We’re proud of our latest project with De Koning Yacht Painters using Awlfair SF and look forward to seeing YN199 hit the water later this year.”

With the Moonen team dedicated to continually developing and innovating for the benefit of each Moonen yacht, the latest project with De Koning Yacht Painters using Awlfair SF ensures that Moonen superyachts are ahead of the game. 

Describing some of the advantages of the new filler and application process, De Koning Yacht Painters’ representative CEO Huub de Koning comments: “Unlike classic hand-mixing, an airless system is used to transport the volumes of filler to the yacht, reducing the risk of air-pockets to an absolute minimum. Although the system requires preparation time, there are significant time savings during the application and sanding processes. Using Awlfair SF will have a positive effect on delivery time.” 

“We’re delighted that Moonen and De Koning Yacht Painters embraced this new technology, and with YN199 project, have been able to benefit from the many advantages of using this new revolutionary system,” comments Bilal Salahuddin, Yacht Coatings Director at AkzoNobel.


The 36-metre YN199 started construction in early 2019 following the success of the award-winning Moonen superyacht Brigadoon in 2018. She features an exterior design by renowned Dutch designer René van der Velden, with naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design in collaboration with René van der Velden. YN199 is currently available for sale and scheduled for delivery August 2020. It will be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.


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Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race

Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts are excited to announce their sponsorship of the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. The 1,250-nm ocean regatta will take place on 30th January 2021, with the Moonen team and owners in attendance. At the finish in Auckland, which will coincide with the Americas Cup 2021, Moonen Yachts will present their latest 36m award winning superyacht the Martinique. This yacht will be on display in the marina to welcome the competitors and will also be available for prescheduled client visits.


This new collaboration aims to support and promote continuous competitive sailing in the south pacific and to promote Moonen Yachts to superyacht clients around the world whilst widening Moonen’s reach within the expanding regional market. The Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race will be the centerpiece of a summer of major yachting events. The season opens with the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December followed by the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean race which finishes in Auckland Harbour to coincide with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s (RNZYS) 150th Anniversary celebrations and the prestigious 36th America’s Cup racing.


The Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race is a Category 1 race, open to J class, maxi yachts and multihulls with the first leg of a rally for cruisers. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club promises a diverse program for the 2021 Australian regatta, with participating yachts including the Prada Cup series and more.


“Australia is a growing market,” says Johan Dubbelman CEO of Moonen Yachts. “We believe our yachts are a perfect fit for the Asia/Pacific region and so this market is increasingly significant for Moonen. We are happy to support the 2021 series of this fantastic ocean race with the Moonen race team and look forward to expanding the iconic Moonen  brand in Australia and beyond”.  

The Moonen owners, together with the Moonen team, will attend the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race on 30th January 2021, beginning in Sydney Harbour, Australia. More information on the event as well as the latest Moonen Yachts updates will follow on the Moonen website and social media channels in the coming months.


Marianne Hendriks
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Sofia back for paint job and refit work

We are pleased to announce the return of the 42-metre motor yacht Sofia to the yard’s facilities in Groot-Ammers in the south of the Netherlands. Arriving in early October following a beautiful summer cruising in the Mediterranean, MY Sofia will soon undergo refit works and an extensive exterior paint job and is scheduled to hit the water again in March 2019.

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